OK. So I have searched the web and tested many different apps and options but I seem to come to a dead end.
I am trying to create, if you will, "WinPE" or better yet a mini Win8 on my usb drive. No, I don't want to do installations from USB, rather want to boot from USB with mini Win8 on it so that I can do troubleshooting of various other drives or perform various computer technical support tasks for other users with my own set of tools that I have already purchased or have.
I have tried AOEMI (it's worthless). I have tried RUFUS (it doesn't work as promised. rather it creates a bootable USB disc that you can copy win files to install from USB. not my requirement). I have tried WAIK and ADK but again too much of a mess where it does not show how I can add my additional tools to the bootable USB with mini Win8.
I have also tried BartPE, Gandalf's bootable Win8 (does not perform as mentions on website), WintoBootic, WintoUSB, Windows 8 Enterprise Edition (to use Win to Go option. FAILS) etc, etc, etc.
As far as I know, I have tried many many tools with no luck. Everyone promises but falls short of my requirements.
Simply put: I want a mini Win8 to boot in a pre setup environment where I can install my portable purchased apps to perform technical
support on user's computer that fails to boot or has other hardware and software issues.
Most of the software and tools that I have tested was on my physical machine and virtual machines (I have 8 different flavors of windows installed on my VM from Win XP to Win10 and everything in between for Enterprise and Servers. LOL)
So what next......please help