Why do we use Windows 10 to Go?
Under what circumstance do we use Windows 10 to Go? Let’s take an example: You own a Windows 10 based computer where you work while the computer at your home is in Windows 7. Sometimes, you could work at home but the non-windows 10 environment makes it literally hard for you to concentrate. In this case, Windows 10 to Go comes. You just insert the exclusive USB with Windows 10 environment into your personal computer and boot from it and then, you can work under Windows 10.
The major defect of booting from a USB flash drive is that Win 10 will run slower than it does on your hard drive. But if you’re in a pinch, this can be a pragmatic way as you can at least work with the OS and have access to various Apps this way.
How to create Windows 10 to Go USB?
After seeing the overview of Windows 10 to Go, I believe you can’t wait to do it by yourself. Here, in the following contents, I introduced 2 ways to create Windows 10 to Go USB from ISO.
1. Use Windows inbuilt feature to create Win10 Enterprise/Education to Go
Windows To Go on Windows 10 is a tool by Microsoft that can help generate a bootable Windows 10 USB flash drive with the Enterprise and Education editions of Windows 10. Before we get started, there’re 2 things you should be aware of:
a. Windows to Go on Windows 10 is supported only in Windows 10 Enterprise Edition and Education Edition.
b. You need a certified USB drive to use Windows 10 to Go and the drive should be larger than 32GB.
1. Download the Windows 10 ISO file from Microsoft and plug your USB drive to your Windows 10 PC.
2. Search “Windows to Go” in your Control Panel and click on it to proceed.
3. Then, in the popup window, all inserted USB drives will appear. Select the USB drive you wish to burn the ISO file to and click on “Next” to continue. (The USB drive should be certified. Otherwise, the “Next” button will be greyed out.)
4. Click on “Add search location” to search the Windows 10 installation ISO file and then, choose the mounted one.
5. Preset a Bitlocker passcode to encrypt your Windows 10 to go workplace.
Now, the burning process starts. Just wait several minutes before it’s completed.
2. Use freeware to create all Win10 editions to Go USB Drive
If you hope to try method 1, your USB must be certified for Windows 10 to Go and your OS edition should be Enterprise or Education. If these 2 requirements are not met, then, you’ll be failed. So, in this case, you’d better find a workaround.
Luckily, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard can help you out no matter which edition your OS is and which type your USB drive is. As for the capacity size of the drive, 13GB is enough. Moreover, besides burning the ISO to your USB, it is also able to repair corrupted MBR, migrate OS from MBR to MBR, and fix RAW file system.
Next, let’s download the freeware first and learn how to create Windows 10 to Go USB with it.
Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard and plug your USB into your Windows 10 based computer.
Step 2. Select “All Tools” on the left and hit “Windows To Go Creator”.
Step 3. In the popup window, select “Create Windows ToGo for personal computer” and hit “Next”.
Step 4. Select “Create Windows ToGo with system disc/ISO” and then, import the ISO file you previously downloaded on your PC. Hit “Next”.
If you want to select “Create Windows to Go with current system”, please upgrade the software to Pro version.
Step 5. Usually, the software will detect all available USB drives on your PC automatically. If not, refresh it. Then, select the desired USB and hit “Proceed”.
How to create Windows 10 to Go USB? In this article, both a Windows’s inbuilt feature, and the most powerful third-party software – AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard - are given to help get it done. As for me, I prefer the latter method for it’s more flexible in the USB drive’s specs and the edition of your OS. What's more, Win to Go function is removed in Windows 11, if you want to use your own Windows 11 on other devices, you'll have to create a Windows 11 to Go USB by yourself.
If you want to make this software work on 2 Servers per license, please try the Server edition.