[Solved] How to create Windows 10/11 live USB for free?

Updated on June 9, 2023 by Admin to Windows live USB Creator

What is Windows live USB?

A Windows live USB is an external hard disk drive or USB flash drive containing a fully-functional Windows operating system that can be booted on any computer. There are many reasons why you may want to use Windows live USB, either because you want to use your familiar Windows work environment on multiple computers, or you want to start Windows from USB to help you retrieve your lost files after Windows crashes. Whatever the reason, Windows live USB does seem to bring us convenience.

Tools can be used to create Windows 10/11 live USB

If you have heard of Microsoft Windows To Go (WTG), then you will find that it is the official implementation of Windows live USB. Unfortunately, the Windows To Go Creator Wizard officially provided by Microsoft only supports the creation of Windows 10 live USB using Windows Enterprise and Education Edition, and Microsoft announced in 2019 that it will no longer provide this tool in Windows 10 and later operating systems. If you do not have or cannot use the Microsoft Windows To Go Creator Wizard, are there other tools that can be used to create a Windows 10/11 live USB? The answer is yes, here we recommend you to try Hasleo WinToUSB.

Advantages of using Hasleo WinToUSB to create Windows 10/11 live USB

Hasleo WinToUSB is the world’s first third-party software that can be used to help users create Windows 10/11 live USB for free, and Hasleo has been insisting on improving it even as Microsoft has stopped supporting Windows To Go. Because of this, Hasleo WinToUSB has a large number of users and has received high ratings, and it has the following advantages:
    1. Use any version of Windows 10/11 to create Windows live USB
    2. Creation of Windows 10/11 To Go from an ISO, WIM, ESD, SWM, VHD(X) image file or CD/DVD drive.
    3. Clone existing Windows 10/11 installation to USB or Thunderbolt drive as Windows live USB.
    4. Creation of Windows 10/11 live USB on Non-Certified Windows To Go drive.
    5. Support for creating VHD/VHDX-based Windows 10/11 live USB fo better compatibility.
    6. Support for creating BitLocker encrypted Windows To Go.
    7. Creation of Windows Live USB from Hasleo Backup Suite system backup image.


Tutorial to to create Windows 10/11 live USB for free with Hasleo WinToUSB - the best free Windows live USB creator.

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

Click Windows To Go creator

Step 2. Click "Select installation source", then click "Browse image file" and select the Windows installation ISO file from the open dialog box as installation source, or choose a CD/DVD drive with a Windows installation DVD inserted as the installation source.

Select installation source for Windows To Go

Step 3. Hasleo WinToUSB scans for and lists installable operating systems, select the edition of Windows you want to install.

Select Windows edition

Step 4. Click "Select destination drive" and select the destination drive from the pop-up drive list. If the drive is not correctly recognized by Hasleo WinToUSB, you can click the refresh drive list button for the program to recognize the drive.

Select destination drive

Step 5. 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. 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?
  2. 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 6. 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 7. After clicking "Yes", WinToUSB begins installing Windows to the destination drive.

installing Windows to USB

Step 8. It takes some time to install. After installation restart the computer and change BIOS to boot from your USB drive.

change BIOS to boot from USB

Step 9. Windows normal installation starts up and you have to complete all the installation steps. After that, you can install programs, copy files, etc.

Windows normal installation


As mentioned above, Hasleo WinToUSB is the best tool for creating Windows live USB, you can easily install Windows 10/11 to a USB drive as Windows live USB in just a few steps, and you can also clone Windows 10/11 to a USB drive as Windows live USB.

As a professional bootable Windows USB creation tool, you can not only use Hasleo WinToUSB to create Windows live USB, but also use it to create Windows installation USB drives and bootable WinPE USB drives.