Windows 10: Boot Windows 10 via Both USB (win to go) and SATA

Discus and support Boot Windows 10 via Both USB (win to go) and SATA in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Hi all, I was wondering whether it is possible to have both a normal version of windows, and a windows to go flavour, on the same drive. So like a... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by JaspervB, Jun 3, 2017.

  1. JaspervB Win User

    Boot Windows 10 via Both USB (win to go) and SATA


    Hi all,

    I was wondering whether it is possible to have both a normal version of windows, and a windows to go flavour, on the same drive. So like a multi boot system, but where they share the boot partition (so the C partition)

    If I should be more specific, please tell! First post...

    Cheers,
    Jasper

    :)
     
    JaspervB, Jun 3, 2017
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  2. Can't install Windows 7 in order to upgrade to 10

    Huh, I did try activating Win 10 after upgrading (where i forgot to activate RAID), and the Win 7 key didn't work. Probably because it is OEM. I am going to try burning both Win 7 and 10 to a DVD and install them via a SATA optical drive. Maybe that will
    get me past these missing USB drivers. Thanks for the reply. Much apprechiated.
     
    MartinJepsen1997, Jun 3, 2017
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  3. Gary_606 Win User
    Win 10 will not boot up with active usb devices plugged in

    All USB devices keep windows 10 from booting, but work fine once system is booted.

    Product Name: Presario SR1820NX MB A8N-LA Nagami Bios: 3.11

    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 (32-bit)

    This very old machine has run windows XP and windows 7 without error.

    However windows 10 will not boot if any device is plugged into any usb port on the machine (this is new since windows 10 install). Actually this was the source of most of my upgrade failures (C1900101-20017) error in particular. It took a week of experimenting
    to discover this, and this message is being typed using my old serial keyboard and mouse on the machine. I reset the cmos and thought it might be the boot order, but it is not.

    I think Microsoft has to modify the boot software as regards USB devices being present as they had it for win 7.

    SOLVED: Found option to disable USB legacy devices in BIOS. Disabled it and Win 10 will now boot with USB devices plugged in.

    Also a Windows 10 boot and install problem workaround as follows:

    The master boot drive would not install windows 10 running off the sata port (Same drive with win 7 home installed). I don't know why as yet, but I was successful in installing windows 10 on this machine using a sata to ata converter that I had from the
    old days. The install was accomplished booting off ide ribbon cable as device 0 port 0. Windows 10 boots and runs fine with this config, but not if i put the sata cable back on... I will keep trying things to fix this as well, but for now I'm glad it is installed
    and running.

    All other sata devices cause no problems. I think these two problems may be causing many of the problems with win 10 upgrades. The sata problem also causes a forever loop during the initiation of the upgrade from within win 7 with a "Working on it" message.

    SOLVED: Set the sata drive with the Windows-10 boot partition in the BIOS to the primary boot drive in the boot order settings. This allowed me to remove the SATA/ATA converter and boot from the sata drive.

    Some of this info may help others.
     
    Gary_606, Jun 3, 2017
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