How to create a BitLocker encrypted Windows To Go?

March 24, 2021, Posted by Admin to Windows To Go Creator

If you're using an earlier version of Windows 10/8 Enterprise Edition, you can easily create a BitLocker encrypted Windows To Go USB drive by using the Windows built-in Windows To Go Creator Wizard. Unfortunately, this tool can no longer be found in the newer Windows 10 Enterprise Edition, and if you want to create a non-Windows 10 Enterprise Edition Windows To Go, this tool will be helpless.

Windows To Go in Windows Control Panel

Are you looking for a tutorial to create a BitLocker encrypted Windows To Go for any edition of Windows 10/8/7? Here we recommend you to try WinToUSB, it is the world's first third-party Windows To Go Creator software which you can use it to install or clone Windows to a USB drive as Windows To Go Workspace, and it can help you encrypt the Windows To Go drive with BitLocker to protect your data safe. Below we will explain in detail how to do it.


Tutorial to create a BitLocker encrypted Windows To Go USB drive with WinToUSB.

Step 1. Connect the USB drive to the computer, then run WinToUSB.

Step 2. Click the ISO Icon button, then click the Browse Icon button and select the Windows installation ISO file from the open dialog box.

select windows installation iso

Step 3. WinToUSB scans for and lists installable operating systems in the Windows installation ISO. Please select the edition of Windows you want to install, then click "Next".

select windows edition

Step 4. Select the destination USB 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 drive

Step 5. 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. 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. Please note that the "Keep the existing partition scheme" option is valid only for an external disk.

select partition scheme for Windows To Go

Step 6. Select the system partition and boot partition, tick the "Enable BitLocker" checkbox and enter the encryption password, you can also specify the encryption mode and encryption strength here, then click "Next".

enable bitlocker icon

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

installing Windows to USB drive

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 8. You need to enter the encryption password you entered during creation to start Windows for the Windows To Go drive.

enter password to boot windows to go

Step 10. 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


In this tutorial, we explained in detail how to create a BitLocker encrypted Windows To Go USB drive step by step with the best free Windows To Go Creator software WinToUSB. If you have created a Windows To Go and want to encrypt it to protect your data, please refer to how to encrypt an existing Windows To Go USB drive?