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http://www.engadget.com/2011/04/15/windows-8-to-feature-usb-runnable-portable-workspaces-sales-of/
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That leaked version of Windows 8 we looked at recently contains a feature called Portable Workspaces, which enables you to take a 16GB (or greater) external storage device and dump a bootable, runnable copy of Win 8 on there. It remains to be seen just how many copies one could create.

This could be fantastic news for tech personal.

First news post. Searched couldn't find anything. Don't know the code to squish the URL into source instead of the whole thing frown.gif
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Not interesting.
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This would def help me with my work! just plug in flash drive and work from my personal folder! righit now I have a ubuntu on a flash drive to boot to with teamviewer installed. I then log into my main box at the office to update the database and print out So's and reciepts
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Originally Posted by zrlan7710;13135714 
Not interesting.

How so?

For tech's this could save a lot of time. Most of us already use the recovery disk of our choice that has a mini windows xp or Linux. A full fledged OS on a stick though could mean less actual work needed therefore increasing productivity.
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That leaked version of Windows 8 we looked at recently contains a feature called Portable Workspaces, which enables you to take a 16GB (or greater) external storage device and dump a bootable, runnable copy of Win 8 on there. It remains to be seen just how many copies one could create.

Alright! Bloatware on the go!

Portable Windows doesn't need all the applications and .NET in my opinion. I see it good for technicians needing to fix issues or a portable workstation. But Linux covers that a fraction of the size. Under 8GB then we can talk Microsoft
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Originally Posted by Versa;13135772 
Alright! Bloatware on the go!

Portable Windows doesn't need all the applications and .NET in my opinion. I see it good for technicians needing to fix issues or a portable workstation. But Linux covers that a fraction of the size. Under 8GB then we can talk Microsoft

very true but flash drives have been dropping in prices and by the time windows 8 comes out, a 16gb flash drive would prob be around $5-10
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Originally Posted by crackzattic;13135794 
very true but flash drives have been dropping in prices and by the time windows 8 comes out, a 16gb flash drive would prob be around $5-10

Maybe. 16GB drives can be had for $20 right now. (Although the speeds of the cheap drives might be questionable)
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This is pretty sweet. It will alleviate the need to carry around several USBs with all different bootable images on them, although I have finally gotten some of my most-used programs to multiboot off a single drive.

I am curious how the licensing will be handled. I mean, what stops people from just making a million USB sticks after buying just one OS?
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Originally Posted by PhillyOverclocker;13135821 
This is pretty sweet. It will alleviate the need to carry around several USBs with all different bootable images on them, although I have finally gotten some of my most-used programs to multiboot off a single drive.

I am curious how the licensing will be handled. I mean, what stops people from just making a million USB sticks after buying just one OS?

I was wondering this too.
It's a neat idea but there is no way licensing is going to work.
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Originally Posted by kiwiasian;13135985 
I was wondering this too.
It's a neat idea but there is no way licensing is going to work.

How about one licence can create one portable copy at a time?
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