Windows 7 Enterprise Upgrade to 10 on an external USB Western Digital hd fail


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I want to install Windows 7 Enterprise 7 to my USB external hd Western Digital Passport, however I got a message tharWin 7 does not know how to install to USB hard drives. So instead of upgrading I tried a clean install of 10 Enterprise, however it did not give me an option for where to install and tried to install to C:\ (running 10 Home on C drive.). Is there a workaround the usb install of Win 7? I'm dual booting this same scenario on my desktop no problems. The desktop has 2 internal drives. The laptop has the external drive. Any help is appreciated. Or I install Enterprise to C and put home on external one. :(
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Since it is an upgrade it needs to be installed on the w7 C drive. I don't know of any windows version that can be installed on a USB drive such as Linux for example.
 

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I don't know of any windows version that can be installed on a USB drive
Since Windows 8, the Enterprise version of the OS has supported a function called "Windows to Go" which allows you to install it on a USB drive similar to the way a Linux Live Distro works.
It was a bit restrictive, in that MS certified certain USB devices as being "Windows to Go" compatible, but subsequently I think there are a few published work arounds that can get you past this, as well as some that suggest that you can use any version of Windows 8 or later, not just Enterprise.
I wasn't aware that this feature / function was available in earlier Operating Systems.
REFERENCES:
https://channel9.msdn.com/events/BUILD/BUILD2011/HW-245T
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=48127
http://www.howtogeek.com/196817/how...-go-usb-drive-without-the-enterprise-edition/
 
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Since it is an upgrade it needs to be installed on the w7 C drive. I don't know of any windows version that can be installed on a USB drive such as Linux for example.
That answer is more awful than my worst case scenario :/ Thank you, you have been very helpful even if it was not the answer I wanted :)
 
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Since Windows 8, the Enterprise version of the OS has supported a function called "Windows to Go" which allows you to install it on a USB drive similar to the way a Linux Live Distro works.
It was a bit restrictive, in that MS certified certain USB devices as being "Windows to Go" compatible, but subsequently I think there are a few published work arounds that can get you past this, as well as some that suggest that you can use any version of Windows 8 or later, not just Enterprise.
I wasn't aware that this feature / function was available in earlier Operating Systems.
REFERENCES:
https://channel9.msdn.com/events/BUILD/BUILD2011/HW-245T
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=48127
http://www.howtogeek.com/196817/how...-go-usb-drive-without-the-enterprise-edition/
Thank you. :) I had already considered the Windows to go and it will not do what I wanted to do with my computers. I do appreciate you taking the time to answer my question.
 
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Since it is an upgrade it needs to be installed on the w7 C drive. I don't know of any windows version that can be installed on a USB drive such as Linux for example.
I am not sure I posted my reply to you in the correct place...I will figure out the forum please be patient with me you guys :)
 
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I am not sure I posted my reply to you in the correct place...I will figure out the forum please be patient with me you guys :)
The post is in the right place Shellie and I'm sorry "Win to go" won't work for you.
Trouble, thanks for the knowledge. I may fool around with it when time permits but have no need for it other than to learn about it and perhaps help someone else someday.
 
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The below was copied from a thread Trouble linked earlier concerning problems encountered when upgrading to Win 10. You said you did not want to use Windows to Go but perhaps any non-standard install would cause such problems when trying to upgrade.

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...p-errors/324d5a5f-d658-456c-bb82-b1201f735683

Common blockers that can prevent Windows 10 setup from working:

• Processors (which check for these features: NX, Prefetch, LAHF/SAHF, SSE2, and CompareExchange128)

• Not compatible BIOS

• HDD controllers

• Availability of a NIC card

• Boot from VHD

• Boot from Windows to Go

• User is running in Audit mode

• The host build is a staged build

• User is running an unstaged build
 
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The below was copied from a thread Trouble linked earlier concerning problems encountered when upgrading to Win 10. You said you did not want to use Windows to Go but perhaps any non-standard install would cause such problems when trying to upgrade.

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...p-errors/324d5a5f-d658-456c-bb82-b1201f735683
Thank you. Sorry its taken me so long to reply. Registry items became corrupted, m image backup evidently did not image itself correctly so I had to reset pc and I'm just now getting back online. Wow there is a lot to read at the link you posted. If I there is anything there that will work I will let you know. Either way i will I should have said. Gonna take me a while to read all of it but I will learn some stuff for sure :)
 

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