How to create Windows To Go with a non-certified USB flash drive?

2017-7-9, Posted by Admin to Portable Windows Creator

Recently, I noticed that Windows To Go creator has now appeared in the Windows 10 Pro control panel, I was so excited, because I had a chance to create a Windows To Go. I didn't have an external hard drive, so I plugged a USB flash drive into the computer and opened Windows To Go Creator from control panel. Windows To Go Creator recognized the USB stick, but when I clicked on the stick listed, Windows To Go Creator said "This is a removable drive and isn't compatible with Windows To Go. Choose a drive that meets the required hardware specifications.". Does anyone knows how I can create Windows To Go on this non-certified USB flash drive?

Windows To Go can not Non-certified USB stick


Windows To Go is an enterprise feature of Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 8, and Microsoft only allows users to use Windows To Go Certified Drives to create Widnows To Go. If you use a non-certified USB flash drive to create Windows, you'll probably encounter the error prompting an incompatible issue.

The following are the USB drives currently certified for use as Windows To Go drives:

  • Imation IronKey™ Workspace W300 / W500 / W700
  • Kingston DataTraveler Workspace
  • Spyrus Portable Workplace
  • Spyrus Secure Portable Workplace
  • Spyrus WorkSafe
  • Super Talent RC4 / RC8
  • WD My Passport Enterprise

Now we know that the Microsoft's official Windows To Go Creator Wizard does not allow us to install Windows to a non-certified USB flash drive. Well, don't worry, we can use a third-party Windows To Go Creator tool such as WinToUSB to achieve this.


How to create Windows To Go with a non-certified USB flash drive?

1. Connect the USB flash drive to the computer.

2. Download and install WinToUSB, then run it as administrator.

3. Click the ISO Icon button, then click the Browse Icon button and select the Windows installation ISO file.

select installation iso

4. Select the edition of Windows you want to install, then click "Next".

select Windows edition

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

select usb flash drive

6. After you select the USB 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 drive

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

formatting USB drive

8. After successfully formated the USB drive, select the installation mode, then click "Next".

select partition

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

installing Windows to USB drive

10. 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

11. 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


Follow these simple steps, you can create a Windows To Go on a non-certified USB flash drive that greatly reduce worry in case of an unexpected system failure, crash and similar disasters that cause a complete shutdown. You'll definitely like it!