How to run Windows 10 from a USB flash drive?

Updated on July 11, 2022 by Admin to Windows 10 To Go

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 Windows To Go Creator Wizard tool provided by Microsoft, it is not possible to install and run Windows 10 from a USB flash drive. Hasleo WinToUSB is the world's first three-party Windows To Go creation software 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 USB flash drive to the computer, download, install and run Hasleo WinToUSB and then click the "Windows To Go USB".

Click Windows To Go creator

Step 2. Click "Select installation source", then click "Browse image file" and select the Windows 10 installation ISO file from the open dialog box as installation source, or choose a CD/DVD drive with a Windows 10 installation DVD inserted as the installation source.

Select installation source for Windows To Go

* Tips: If you don't have a Windows 10 installation ISO, please download Windows 10 installation ISO first.

Step 3. Hasleo WinToUSB scans for and lists installable operating systems, select the edition of Windows you want to install.

Select Windows edition

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 refresh drive list button for the program to recognize the drive.

Select destination 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".

Select partition scheme and installation mode

* Tips:

  1. We recommend using the VHD/VHDX installation mode for better compatibility when creating Windows To Go using a USB flash drive.
  2. For more detailed information about "Partition scheme", "Installation mode" and "Enable BitLocker", please refer to: How to create portable Windows 11/10/8/7 from an ISO, WIM, ESD, SWM or VHD(X) file?
  3. 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.

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.

The drive needs to be formatted prompt

Step 7. After clicking "Yes", WinToUSB begins installing Windows to the destination drive.

installing Windows to USB

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 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 and then run Windows 10 form the USB flash drive.

As the world's first three-party Windows To Go creator software, not only can you use Hasleo WinToUSB to install Windows 10 to a USB flash drive as Windows To Go, but also install Windows 10 to an external drive as Windows To Go.