How to create a Windows 7 To Go USB drive?

2017-5-8, Posted by Admin to Portable Windows Creator

Windows To Go (WTG) is an enterprise feature of Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows 8.1 Enterprise, Windows 10 Enterprise, and Windows 10 Education. This means that you have the ability to create a Windows To Go USB drive for Windows 10/8.1/8 by using Microsoft's official tool Windows To Go Creator Wizard, unfortunately, Windows To Go Creator Wizard doesn't support creating Windows 7 To Go USB drive. For some special reasons, there are still many users eager to be able to create a Windows 7 To Go to accomplish some special work. Is this possible? Yes, WinToUSB is designed specially to create Windows To Go USB drive. With it, you can not only create a Windows 10/8.1/8 To Go USB drive, but also create a Windows 7 To Go USB drive easily.

 

User Guide: How to use WinToUSB to create a Windows 7 To Go USB drive?

1. Connect the USB drive to the computer.

2. Please use the following guidelines to prepare the partitions if you are using an external hard drive to create Windows To Go. You do not need to perform this step if you are using a USB flash drive to create Windows To Go, WinToUSB will help you to format the USB flash drive in setp 6.

  • Booting both BIOS-based and UEFI-based computers: Covert the USB drive to MBR partition scheme then create the system and boot partitions. The system partition must be FAT32 format and the boot partition must be NTFS format.
  • Booting BIOS-based computers: Covert the USB drive to MBR partition scheme and create the system and boot partitions. The system partition can be FAT32 or NTFS format and the boot partition must be NTFS format. The system partition and boot partition can be the same partition.
  • Booting UEFI-based computers: Covert the USB drive to GPT partition scheme and create the EFI system partition (ESP) and boot partition. The EFI system partition must be FAT32 format and the boot partition must be NTFS format.
Tips:
  1. The destination boot partition must be a NTFS primary partition and at least 14 GB.
  2. The destination system partition must be a NTFS/FAT32 primary partition. If the destination system partition is a FAT32 partition, then it must be greater than or equal to 40 MB and less than or equal to 32 GB. (The recommended size is 100 MB.)

3. Install and run WinToUSB.

4. Click the ISO Icon button in the left side of the main window, then click the Browse Icon button and select the Windows 7 installation ISO file from the open dialog box.

5. WinToUSB scans for and lists installable operating systems in the Windows 7 installation ISO. Please select the edition of Windows you want to install, then click "Next".

select Windows 7 edition

6. Select the destination disk in the drop-down list. If your USB drive is not correctly recognized by WinToUSB, you need to click the Refresh Icon button for the program to recognize the USB drive. If you are using a USB flash drive to create Windows To Go, 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.

7. Select the boot partition and system partition from the partition list, the selected partitions will be marked as red.

Select target partition icon

8. After clicking "Next", WinToUSB begins installing Windows 7 to the USB drive.

installing Windows to USB drive

9. It takes some time to install. After installation restart the computer and change BIOS to boot from your USB drive. Windows 7 normal installation starts up and you have to complete all the installation steps. After that, you can install programs, copy files, etc.

 

With the powerful functions and straightforward user interface, you can install Windows 7 to a USB drive and run Windows 7 from that USB drive easily.