By Cherry / Last Updated July 28, 2020

Why create Windows 10 portable workspace?

Windows 10 is the latest version released by Microsoft and has been widely used by users. If you run Windows 10 on their own computer, but now you are using another PC with an older operating system installed. You can transfer your own Windows 10 OS to a USB stick and create a Windows portable workspace so that you can run the familiar Windows 10 directly from a USB drive. Besides, it is also a great idea to bring your own device everywhere, especially on a business trip.

The built-in Windows 10 portable workspace creator

To create a portable Windows 10 workspace, you can make use the Windows native “Windows To Go” feature. However, only the Windows 10 Enterprise has this feature, although Windows 10 has 7 editions for different fields: Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Professional, Windows 10 Enterprise, Windows 10 Education, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise, and Windows 10 loT Core.

Using this feature, you must prepare a Microsoft-certificated USB flash drive, and it’s better to be at least 32 GB. Besides, you have to back up data you require on the USB drive in advance.

Step 1. Download the Windows 10 ISO files from Microsoft official website and connect the certified USB drive to your computer.

Step 2. Open Control Panel on your computer, and search “Windows To go”. Then click “Windows To Go” feature.

Step 3. Now, it will automatically search for the inserted USB drive. After that, click the USB drive and then “Next” to continue. Only the Microsoft-certificated USB drive can be selected. Otherwise, you cannot go further.

Qualified USB

Step 4.Click “Add search location” to locate the Windows 10 installation ISO file and choose the mounted ISO file.

Add Search Location

Step 5. Next, you can enable BitLocker Drive Encryption on your Windows To Go workspace or directly click on “Next”.

Enable Bitlocker

Step 6. Then wait for the process to be done.

Third-party free Windows 10 portable workspace creator

If you are running Windows 10 Enterprise, the first method is a great choice. If you are not, you can try the free AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. Its "Windows To Go Creator” is more powerful and versatile Windows 10 portable workspace creator.

It can transfer all editions of Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 7 ISO files to a USB drive and create a portable Windows 10 workspace. Besides, you don’t have to prepare a Microsoft-certificated portable drive, any USB flash drive at least 13 GB is OK for it. Both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 are supported. But to get a faster speed, you’d better use USB 3.0. You also need a Windows 10 ISO file, or Windows 10 installation disc.

Now, you can free download the partition manager and prepare the corresponding Windows 10 ISO file, or Windows 10 installation disc.

Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. Click “All Tools” > “Windows To Go Creator ”.

Windows To Go

Step 2. Next, choose "Create Windows ToGo for personal computer". If you want to run Windows from USB on Mac, select the second option instead.

For Windows PC

Step 3. Select “Create Windows To Go with system disc/ISO” and choose the Windows 10 installation file, then click “OK”.

Windows ISO

Note: If the Windows ISO files are not available, you can upgrade to Professional, which allows you to create Windows to Go with current system.

Step 4. Then, select the USB drive and click on “Proceed” to commit the pending operation.


After the process is done, you can bring your own device with this portable USB flash drive. To boot computer from the USB stick, you can insert the bootable USB drive into the target computer, reboot it and change boot order in the BIOS.

Change Order


In this post, we have shared two free Windows 10 portable workspace creator. Now you can choose a proper one according to your situation. The introduced AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard also allows you to transfer OS to SSD, make an emergency bootable media for repairing Windows boot issues, and more. If you are running Windows Server, you can switch to AOMEI Partition Assistant Server.