How to run Windows 10 from a USB flash drive?

Updated on April 24, 2019 by Admin to Portable Windows Creator

I have been using Windows 10 To Go for more than 1 years in the company, and it's really handy, so I'm going to use it in a non work related environment. In the company, we use the Windows To Go certified drive to create Windows 10 To Go, the price of Windows To Go certified drive is a bit expensive for me. I also feel that the size of the external hard drive is a bit large, so I want to install and run Windows 10 from a USB flash drive. Is this possible? If it is then please tell me how. Thanks.

We know that using the tools provided by Microsoft, it is not possible to install and run Windows 10 from a USB flash drive. WinToUSB is the first three-party tool has been developed which allows you to install and run Windows 10 from a USB flash drive. It is easy to use and can ensure that the created portable Windows 10 USB flash drive can be booted normally on both the traditional BIOS and the UEFI computer.


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

Step 1. Connect the destination USB flash drive to the computer with an installed copy of WinToUSB, then run WinToUSB.

Step 2. 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 3. 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 4. 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 5. 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 6. After clicking "Yes", WinToUSB begins formatting. Please wait until that format operation is complete.

formatting USB drive

Step 7. After successfully formated the USB drive, select the installation mode, then click "Next".

select partition

Step 8. After clicking "Next", WinToUSB begins installing Windows 10 to the USB drive.

installing Windows to USB drive

Step 9. 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 10. 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.