How to install Windows Server 2016/2012/2010/2008 to an external hard drive as portable Windows Server?

Updated on April 24, 2019 by Admin to Windows To Go Creator

We are looking to use WinToUSB to create a Windows Server 2016 to go USB drives for one of our classes. Does WinToUSB support creating Windows Server 2016 to go USB drive? I do see in your documentation that you can create a USB drive to install the Windows Server 2016 operating system however it does not mention if we can create a Windows Server 2016 to go USB drive.

The answer is yes, as a powerful and reliable Portable Windows Creator software, WinToUSB not only allows you to install Windows 10/8/7 to an external hard drive as portable Windows, but but also allows you to install Windows Server 2012/2010/2008 to an external hard drive as portable Windows Server, so just download and try it.

 

Tutorial to install Windows Server 2016/2012/2010/2008 onto an external hard drive as portable Windows Server with WinToUSB.

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

Step 2. Click the ISO Icon button, then click the Browse Icon button and select the Windows Server 2016/2012/2010/2008 installation ISO file from the open dialog box.

select Windows Server 2016/2012/2010/2008 installation iso

Step 3. WinToUSB scans for and lists installable operating systems in the Windows Server 2016/2012/2010/2008 installation ISO. Please select the edition of Windows you want to install, then click "Next".

select Windows Server 2016/2012/2010/2008 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 Server 2016/2012/2010/2008 to the USB drive.

installing Windows Server 2016/2012/2010/2008 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 Server 2016/2012/2010/2008 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 install Windows Server 2016/2012/2010/2008 to an external hard drive as portable Windows Server easily. With WinToUSB you can also install Windows Server 2016/2012/2010/2008 to a USB flash drive as Windows To Go drive, but given performance issues, we still strongly recommend that you use an external disk to create Windows Server To Go USB drive.