Windows To Go is a feature you can find on Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions. The point behind it is to offer an option for your compatible edition of Windows 10 to be bootable from a USB-connected external drive on PCs.
Windows 10 Home users are left out for now, since the idea of creating a bootable Windows To Go workspace is geared more toward the business side of things.
There is some wiggle room if you need it: Windows 7 and later editions that meet the certification requirements can run Windows 10 Enterprise in a Windows To Go workspace. This is made possible because Windows To Go workspaces use the same images that enterprises use, and they can be managed in the same way as well.
When the Windows To Go Startup Option is enabled, you can make your computer automatically boot from a Windows To Go USB flash drive when you have it connected to your PC. In addition, you can also disable it so you have to manually choose to boot from the Windows To Go workspace USB flash drive instead.
Here’s what you need to turn on or off the option to automatically have your Windows 10 computer boot from a Windows To Go workspace USB flash drive.
How to Turn On/Off Option to Automatically Boot PC from Windows To Go Workspace in Windows To Go Startup Options
1. Press the Windows logo + R keys to open the Run dialog and then enter the rundll32 pwlauncher.dll,ShowPortableWorkspaceLauncherConfigurationUX command to open the Windows To Go Startup Options.
2. From the Windows To Go Startup Options, select Yes or No based on what you want.
How to Turn On/Off Option to Automatically Boot PC from Windows To Go Workspace in Command Prompt
1. Type CMD into the Cortana search to bring up the Command Prompt desktop app and then choose to run the elevated version of it by tapping/clicking on the Run as administrator from the menu. To find out all the ways to open the elevated Command Prompt, see this tutorial: How to Open Elevated Command Prompt in Windows 10
2. There are a few commands you can choose from. Enter the one into the command line, followed by pressing Enter on your keyboards:
To display the current state:
To enable the startup option:
To disable the startup option:
How it should look if you’ve displayed the current state:
How it should look if you’ve enabled the startup option:
How it should look if you’ve disabled the startup option:
Here are some more resources for Windows To Go that you might find interesting:
- Windows To Go feature overview (Windows 10)
- Windows To Go frequently asked questions (Windows 10)
- Best practice recommendations for Windows To Go (Windows 10)
- Tips for configuring your BIOS settings to work with Windows To Go – TechNet Articles
- Windows To Go FAQs – Why isn’t my computer booting from USB?
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