This tutorial will show you how to install Windows 10 on a USB drive and then run Windows 10 from the USB drive, mainly including the following aspects:
If you have tried it, you will find that we cannot install Windows 10 on a USB drive by default. If you know something about Windows To Go (WTG), you may know that the Windows To Go creator tool provided in the earlier version of the Windows 10 Enterprise operating system can help us install Windows 10 Enterprise to a USB drive as portable Windows. Unfortunately, in newer versions of Windows 10, Microsoft no longer provides the Windows To Go creator tool, so we cannot install Windows to a USB drive now.
Is there still a way to install Windows 10 to a USB drive and then run Windows 10 from the USB drive? The answer is yes, here we recommend you to try Hasleo WinToUSB, it is the world’s first third-party Windows To Go Creator, which can help you install Windows 10 on a USB drive, and this tutorial will introduce the detailed steps.
We need to download a Windows 10 installation ISO before we can install Windows 10 to a USB drive, for security reasons we do not recommend users to download Windows 10 installation ISO from third-party websites, downloading Windows 10 installation ISO from Microsoft's official website is the best way. Microsoft provides the Media Creation Tool to help us download the Windows 10 installation ISO from the official website, and we can also use some other methods to download the Windows 10 installation ISO from Microsoft's official website. For detailed steps on how to download Windows 10 installation ISO from Microsoft's official website, please refer to:How to download Windows 10 installation ISO from Microsoft's official website?
Step 1. Connect the USB drive to the computer, download, install and run Hasleo WinToUSB and then click "Windows To Go USB".
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.
Step 3. Hasleo WinToUSB scans for and lists installable operating systems, select the edition of Windows you want to install.
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 button for the program to recognize the 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".
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.
Step 7. After clicking "Yes", WinToUSB begins installing Windows to the destination drive.
Step 8. It takes some time to install. After installation restart the computer and change BIOS to boot from your USB drive.
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.
With the help of Hasleo WinToUSB, you can easily install Windows 10 on a USB drive and then run Windows 10 from the USB drive. Please note that you can not only install Windows 10 on an external USB drive with Hasleo WinToUSB, but also install Windows 10 on a USB flash drive. In addition, you can clone Windows 10 to USB drive as portable Windows 10 with Hasleo WinToUSB.