How to create Windows To Go using Windows 10 Professional Edition?

As we all know, Windows To Go (WTG) is an enterprise feature of Windows 10/8 Enterprise Edition, so it is currently only available in Windows 10/8 Enterprise Education. Unfortunately, most of us don't have the Enterprise edition of Windows 10, so we can't use the Windows built-in application to create Windows To Go USB drive.

 

Does this means that there is no way to create a Windows To Go USB drive if we only have a Windows 10 Professional Edition? No! You can use the free Windows 10 Professional To Go Creator software WinToUSB to create Windows To Go from a Windows 10 Professional installation ISO, and it works for Windows 8 Professional and Windows 8.1 Professional too.

 

User Guide: How to use WinToUSB to create Windows To Go with Windows 10 Professional Edition?

  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. Tips:
    1. Both the system partition and boot partition must be primary partition, and we recommend using built-in Disk Management tool in Windows to partition and format the disk.
    2. The destination boot partition must be a NTFS primary partition and at least 14 GB.
    3. 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. Downlaod, install and run WinToUSB.
  4. Click the ISO Icon button, then click the Browse Icon button and select the Windows 10 professional installation ISO file from the open dialog box.
  5. WinToUSB will list all installable operating systems in the Windows 10 professional installation ISO. Please select the professional edition, then click "Next".

    select windows 10 professional

  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 professional to the USB drive.

    installing Windows 10 professional 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 professional 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 Windows To Go USB drive from Windows 10 Professional installation ISO by using WinToUSB. Now you can carry this Windows 10 Professional To Go USB drive to anywhere and use it on any computer.

 

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