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

October 8, 2021, Posted by Admin to Windows 11 To Go

As a small portable storage device, we usually use the USB flash drive to store and transfer files, and some geeks also use it to install the operating system. Before WinToUSB was developed, geeks could only install and run Linux on the USB flash drive. WinToUSB was the 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 WinToUSB. WinToUSB 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 WinToUSB.

 

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

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".

select Windows 11 to clone

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 for Windows 11 To Go

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".

need format 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 system and boot partition

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

clone Windows 11 to USB flash drive

Tips:
  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

 

From the above you can see that using 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 WinToUSB to clone Windows 11 to a USB flash drive, but also clone Windows 11 to an external hard drive as portable Windows 11.