How to install Windows 10 on a USB flash drive as portable Windows 10?

Updated on May 6, 2021 by Admin to Portable Windows Creator

Is there a way to install windows 10 on a USB flash drive? I basically want to use a 128 GB USB stick to run Windows 10, so that I can just plug it in to a pc and boot into a preinstalled version of Windows 10. Is that possible? Thanks!

Many people want to install Windows 10 onto a USB flash drive. Unfortunately, Windows Installer does not allow you to install it to a USB flash drive. Is there a way to install windows 10 on a USB flash drive? Yes, here you will find instructions on how to install any version of Windows 10 onto a USB flash drive and run Windows 10 from the USB flash drive. After the installation is complete, you can install programs and copy files to the USB drive, then you can take the portable Windows 10 USB flash drive to anywhere you want to go and use it on any computer, whether it is a Legacy BIOS or UEFI computer.


Tutorial to install Windows 10 on a USB flash drive with Hasleo WinToUSB.

Step 1. Connect the USB flash drive to the computer.

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

Step 3. Click the ISO Icon button, then click the Browse Icon button and select the Windows 10 installation ISO file from the open dialog box.

select installation iso

Step 4. WinToUSB scans for and lists installable operating systems in the Windows 10 installation ISO. Please select the edition of Windows you want to install, then click "Next".

select Windows edition

Step 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

Step 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

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

formatting USB drive

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

select partition

Step 9. After clicking "Next", WinToUSB begins installing Windows 10 to the USB drive.

installing Windows to USB drive

Step 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

Step 11. Windows 10 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 10 To Go on a USB flash drive easily.