rbmrtn - thanks for the links to cloning programs.
Originally Posted by ERD50
OK, I recalled references to needing 'pro' or 'enterprise' versions to do that, but I don't work much in Windows, so I could be off on that.
I found a detailed page that describes exactly what I would like to do (clone to an external USB drive and then be able to boot from that USB drive):
Windows 8: Clone it and run it from an USB drive
It doesn't mention anything about a pro version of windows being required but the process appears *very* complicated.
I love the warning: "There are some dangerous modifications of the computer system, that may destroy (not only) your Windows installation and data, if you make an error."
Edit: I was reading through the explanations column and it says "Windows is not designed to boot from USB drives. (Only Windows 8 Enterprise has this feature Windows To Go". I think this means if you have Win8 enterprise, it would be easy -- otherwise you have to use the detailed process.