How to clone Windows 10 to USB flash drive as portable Windows 10?

Updated on April 24, 2019 by Admin to Windows 10 To Go

We are a trading company, and we are planning on cloning Windows 10 to the USB flash drive from the employee's Windows 10 PC. The plan is really for emergency backup, if the PC hard drive fails or some other issue comes up, the worker would be able to continue to work from the Portable device. Can WinToUSB help us do such things?

The answer is YES. WinToUSB is the world's first software that can clone Windows 10 to USB flash drive and ensure that the cloned Windows 10 can start properly. With the help of WinToUSB, you can easily clone existing Windows 10 installation on an internal hard drive to USB flash drive as a backup of the current system, you can use this Windows 10 USB flash drive to continue working or restore the original Windows when your Windows 10 is not able to work properly.


Tutorial to clone Windows 10 to a USB flash drive as portable Windows 10.

Step 1. Connect the USB flash drive to the computer with an installed copy of WinToUSB, then run WinToUSB.

Step 2. Click the System Clone Icon button, then click "Next".

Physical To USB icon

Step 3. Select the USB flash drive in the drop-down list. If the USB flash drive is not correctly recognized by WinToUSB, you need to click the Refresh Icon button for the program to recognize the USB flash drive.

select usb flash drive

Step 4. After you select the USB flash drive, a pop-up will appear asking you if you want to format it to continue, tick the "MBR for BIOS and UEFI" checkbox, then click "Yes".

Format the USB flash drive

Step 5. After clicking "Yes", WinToUSB begins formatting. Please wait until that format operation is complete.

formatting USB flash drive

Step 6. After successfully formated the USB flash drive, select the installation mode, then click "Next".

select partition

Step 7. After clicking "Next", WinToUSB begins cloning Windows to the USB flash drive.

clone Windows to USB

  1. Please note that in some cases WinToUSB may need to create a WinPE and then reboot into the WinPE environment to complete the Windows cloning operation.

Step 8. It takes some time to clone. After the clone is successfully completed, restart the computer and change BIOS to boot from the USB flash drive.

change BIOS to boot from USB


Now you see, you can clone Windows 10 to USB flash drive as portable Windows 10 easily with the help of WinToUSB, and the portable Windows 10 USB flash drive is really useful when your Windows 10 is having issues. In addition, you can also use WinToUSB to create portable Windows 8.