How to create portable Windows 10 on Non-certification Windows To Go drive?

Have you ever imagined that to create a portable Windows 10 USB drive? Microsoft releases a feature called Windows To Go (WTG) which can help you to install Windows 10 as a live Windows system on a Certified Windows To Go Drive. Unfortunately, this feature is currently only available in the Enterprise version of Windows 10, and most of us don't have the Enterprise edition of Windows 10, nor a Certified Windows To Go Drive. But don’t worry, now you can use WinToUSB to install any version of Windows 10 onto a Non-certification Windows To Go drive as portable Windows 10. After you've created a portable Windows 10 USB drive, you can install applications and copy files to the portable Windows 10 USB drive. Now you get a fully functional Windows 10 system which can boot from the USB drive, then you can carry it to anywhere and use it on any computer.

 

How to use WinToUSB to create portable Windows 10?

  1. Connect the USB drive to the computer.
  2. Please use the following guidelines to prepare the partitions if you are using an external hard drive to create Windows To Go. You do not need to perform this step if you are using a USB flash drive to create Windows To Go, WinToUSB will help you to format the USB flash drive in setp 6.
    • Booting both BIOS-based and UEFI-based computers: Covert the USB drive to MBR partition scheme then create the system and boot partitions. The system partition must be FAT32 format and the boot partition must be NTFS format.
    • Booting BIOS-based computers: Covert the USB drive to MBR partition scheme and create the system and boot partitions. The system partition can be FAT32 or NTFS format and the boot partition must be NTFS format. The system partition and boot partition can be the same partition.
    • Booting UEFI-based computers: Covert the USB drive to GPT partition scheme and create the EFI system partition (ESP) and boot partition. The EFI system partition must be FAT32 format and the boot partition must be NTFS format.
    Tips:
    1. The destination boot partition must be a NTFS primary partition and at least 14 GB.
    2. The destination system partition must be a NTFS/FAT32 primary partition. If the destination system partition is a FAT32 partition, then it must be greater than or equal to 40 MB and less than or equal to 32 GB. (The recommended size is 100 MB.)
  3. Install and run WinToUSB.
  4. Click the ISO Icon button, then click the Browse Icon button and select the Windows 10 installation ISO file from the open dialog box.
  5. WinToUSB scans for and lists installable operating systems in the Windows 10 installation ISO. Please select the edition of Windows you want to install, then click "Next".

    ISO To USB

  6. Select the destination disk in the drop-down list. If your USB drive is not correctly recognized by WinToUSB, you need to click the Refresh Icon button for the program to recognize the USB drive. If you are using a USB flash drive to create Windows To Go, a pop-up will appear asking you if you want to format it to continue. Select the partition scheme you want to use and click "Yes" to format it.
  7. Select the boot partition and system partition from the partition list, the selected partitions will be marked as red.

    Select target partition icon

  8. After clicking "Next", WinToUSB begins installing Windows 10 to the USB drive.

    installing Windows to USB drive

  9. It takes some time to install. After installation restart the computer and change BIOS to boot from your USB drive.

    change BIOS to boot from USB

  10. Windows 10 normal installation starts up and you have to complete all the installation steps. After that, you can install programs, copy files, etc.

    Windows normal installation

 

Follow these simple steps, you can easily create a portable Windows 10 USB drive with WinToUSB, and then you can boot your Windows 10 from this USB drive on any computer.

 

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