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

Updated on May 13, 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 external hard drive to the computer, downlaod, install and run Hasleo WinToUSB, then click the System Clone Icon button, then click "Next".

Physical To USB icon

Step 2. Select the external hard drive in the drop-down list. If your external hard drive is not correctly recognized by WinToUSB, you need to click the Refresh Icon button for the program to recognize the external hard drive.

select external hard drive

Step 3. 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. If you choose "Keep the existing partition scheme", you need to manually prepare the partitions on the USB drive before this step, and here is the user guide on how to manually prepare partitions for Windows To Go. Please note that the "Keep the existing partition scheme" option is valid only for an external disk.

select partition scheme for Windows To Go

Step 4. Select the boot partition and system partition from the partition list, the selected partitions will be marked as red, then click "Next".

select system and boot partition

Step 5. After clicking "Next", WinToUSB begins cloning Windows to the USB drive. Please be patient and wait for the cloning to complete.

clone Windows to 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.