[Solved] How to clone/copy Windows 10 to a USB drive as portable Windows 10?

Updated on July 11, 2022 by Admin to Windows 10 To Go

Are you looking for a tool to clone Windows 10 to a USB drive as portable Windows 10? This tutorial will show you how to clone Windows 10 to a USB Drive as portable Windows 10 with Hasleo WinToUSB, mainly including the following aspects:

Overview of Windows 10

Windows 10 was officially released on July 29, 2015, and after several years of improvements and enhancements, it is now the most popular version of Windows release. Windows 10 has six editions: Home Edition, Professional Edition, Enterprise Edition, Education Edition, Professional Workstation Edition, and IoT Core Edition, but most users use Home Edition, Professional Edition and Enterprise Edition, according to the statistical results of statcounter.com, about 73% of users worldwide use Windows 10 as their operating system.

The Windows 10 operating system has greatly improved in terms of ease of use and security, in addition to the integration of new technologies such as cloud services, intelligent mobile devices, and natural human-computer interaction, it has also optimized and supported hardware such as solid-state drives, biometrics, and high-resolution screens. From a technical point of view, Windows 10 is an excellent consumer operating system, which is the main reason why it is so successful.

Can I clone/copy Windows 10 to USB drive and then boot Windows 10 from the USB drive?

I am a computer maintenance staff, I often go to the field to help users fix computer problems. I often help users back up internal hard drive, scan the computer for viruses and malware, check the health of the internal hard drive, and defragment the internal hard drive. I have so many tools, but they can't be used on a computer that can't be started. Is there a way to clone Windows 10 with all of this software to a USB drive, and then I can start Windows 10 from the USB drive on the user's computer and use these tool software even if the user's computer can not start properly?

This is a very good question, after analysis we found that two problems need to be solved. Whether Windows 10 can boot from a USB drive and whether Windows 10 can be cloned to a USB drive and guaranteed to boot from it normally. The good news is that the Windows To Go feature of Windows 10 ensures that Windows 10 can boot from a USB drive, and the software Hasleo WinToUSB developed by Hasleo can clone Windows 10 to USB drive and turn on the Windows To Go feature for it, so with the help of WinToUSB you can clone Windows 10 to USB drive as portable Windows 10 easily. Below we will show you how to to clone Windows 10 to a USB drive as portable Windows 10 with Hasleo WinToUSB.

 

Tutorial to clone/copy Windows 10 to a USB Drive as portable Windows 10.

Step 1. Connect the USB drive to the computer, run Hasleo WinToUSB and then click the "Windows To Go USB".

Click Windows To Go creator

Step 2. Click "Select installation source" and then select "Current Windows OS" from the list that pops up.

Select installation source for Windows To Go

Step 3. Click "Select destination drive" and select the destination drive from the pop-up drive list.

Select destination drive

Step 4. Choose the partition scheme and installation mode you want to use, and you can specify additional drivers or enable BitLocker to encrypt the Windows To Go USB drive according to your needs, then click "Proceed".

Select partition scheme and installation mode

* Tips: For more detailed information about "Partition scheme", "Installation mode" and "Enable BitLocker", please refer to: How to clone existing Windows to USB drive as a Windows To Go Workspace?

Step 5. After clicking "Proceed", a pop-up will appear asking you if you want to format it to continue, click "Yes" if you are sure.

The drive needs to be formatted prompt

Step 6. After clicking "Yes", WinToUSB begins cloning Windows to the destination drive. The time required for cloning is related to the size of the data to be cloned.

cloning Windows to USB

Step 7. Wait for the clone operation to complete. After the clone is successfully completed, restart the computer and change BIOS to boot from the USB drive.

change BIOS to boot from USB

 

How to set up and run portable Windows 10 on different computers?

The portable Windows 10 created by Hasleo WinToUSB can roam to different computers, however our computers are usually set up to boot from an internal disk, so to boot a computer from a USB drive, we must enter the BIOS to set the USB drive as the first priority boot device.

How to enter the computer's BIOS? If you are familiar with computer technology, you should know that all computer motherboards can enter the BIOS by pressing a specific key when the computer is powered on. Below we list the keys used by popular brands of motherboards and computers to get into BIOS.

keys to enter BIOS

If your motherboard or computer is not listed in the table above, or if the keys listed in the table above do not work, check your motherboard or computer manual to find the correct key, or contact your motherboard or computer manufacturer for help. Here are the detailed steps to enter the BIOS and set up the boot sequence, then run Windows 10 from the USB drive:

Step 1. Connect the USB drive to the computer, power on the computer, and immediately press the appropriate key to boot into BIOS.

Step 2. After successfully entering the BIOS, change the boot sequence to set the USB drive as the first boot priority.

change BIOS to boot from USB

Step 3. Save the BIOS settings and restart the computer, the computer starts to boot Windows 10 from the USB drive.

Windows normal installation

 

Conclusion

As stated above, follow these simple steps, you can easily clone/copy Windows 10 to USB drive as portable Windows 10 with the help of Hasleo WinToUSB, including operating system, installed applications and system settings. As a professional portable Windows creation tool, you can not only clone/copy Windows 10 to a USB drive, but also install Windows 10 directly from an Windows install ISO file to a USB drive as portable Windows.

As the world's first third-party portable Windows creation tool, you can not only create portable Windows with Windows 10, but also create portable Windows with Windows 11, 8.