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Operating system running from flash drive

Hi,

I would like to know if are there possibilities to do the following:

Use a flash drive as the storage of a whole operating system (linux or windows) and being able to use it from any computer capable of booting via usb.

Is it possible ? This way I would have access to all my files and programs and setup from any computer.

Waiting your precious input.
Thanks in advance !
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mdtanos
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mdtanos
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Evan CutlerCommented:
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Windows operating systems are deliberately designed not to run in this way but there are a number of Linux distros that can be configured to launch from a USB drive.

Here's an example for Mint but you'll find similar guides with open source utilities to help create the file structure for your favorite flavor of Linux.
http://www.accella.net/create-a-linux-mint-12-bootable-usb/
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jader31Commented:
yes, it's possible.
This is called portable apps.
It's easier on linux (live CD distro can be installed/converted to usb) where you can have a separated partition to store your data.

Boot from USB can be challenging... some old computers have problems to do this!
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TazDevil1674Commented:
Linux will do this but be aware of the limitations of swapping between different hardware...
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mdtanosAuthor Commented:
I see thanks for those answers !
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