[Solved] How to install Windows 10 on a USB drive and run Windows 10 from it?

May 6, 2021, Posted by Admin to Portable Windows Creator

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 a way to install Windows 10 on a USB drive and 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, below we will introduce the detailed steps.


Tutorial to install Windows 10 on a USB drive and run Windows 10 from the USB drive.

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 10 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 10 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 from the partition list, the selected partitions will be marked as red, then click "Next".

Select target partition 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 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


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.