How to clone Windows 11 to USB flash drive as portable Windows 11?

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

As a small and portable storage device, we usually use the USB flash drives to store and transfer files, and some computer geeks also use it to install the operating system. Before Hasleo WinToUSB was developed, computer geeks could only install and run Linux on the USB flash drives. Hasleo WinToUSB was the world's first tool that allowed us to install Windows on the USB flash drive, and its presence made it possible for us to run Windows on the USB flash drive.

Windows 11 has been officially released, it brings a Mac-like interface and some new features. If you have already installed Windows 11 on the internal hard disk of your computer, you may want to clone it to a USB flash drive as portable Windows 11. To clone Windows 11 to a USB falsh drive, we have to use a third-party software, here we recommend you to try Hasleo WinToUSB, it is the world's first third-party Windows To Go creation tool, which can help us easily clone Windows to a USB flash drive. Below we will describe in detail how to clone Windows 11 to a USB flash drive as portable Windows 11 with Hasleo WinToUSB.

 

Tutorial to clone Windows 11 to a USB flash drive as portable Windows 11 with Hasleo WinToUSB.

Step 1. Connect the USB flash 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:

  1. We recommend using the VHD/VHDX installation mode for better compatibility when creating Windows To Go using a USB flash drive.
  2. For more detailed information about "Partition scheme", "Installation mode" and "Enable BitLocker", please refer to: How to create portable Windows 11/10/8/7 from an ISO, WIM, ESD, SWM or VHD(X) file?
  3. 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.

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", Hasleo 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

 

Conclusion

From the above you can see that using Hasleo WinToUSB you can easily clone Windows 11 to a USB flash drive as portable Windows 11. As a professional portable Windows creation tool, you can not only use Hasleo WinToUSB to clone Windows 11 to a USB flash drive, but also clone Windows 11 to an external hard drive as portable Windows 11.

With the help of Hasleo WinToUSB, you can also install Windows 11 directly from Windows installation media (iso, wim, esd, etc.) to a USB drive as a portable Windows 11.