By Emily / Last Updated July 19, 2019

Need to create bootable USB for portable Windows

"Hey, guys. I have a preinstalled Windows 10 32bit computer. And I am trying to install it onto my USB drive for a portable Windows, which I can carry around to boot my own operating system to any compatible device. Could you offer an elaborate explanation on what to do it step by step? Thanks!"

Choose a reliable bootable USB creator

For Windows 10 Education/Enterprise/Pro and Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise users, they can use Windows built-in "Windows To Go" feature to burn ISO to USB drive. But this feature is not available on Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 Home/ Pro/Education or Windows 10 Home. At the same time, to successfully create a bootable USB drive via this feature, users must prepare an over 32 GB USB, and the USB drive must be certified by Microsoft, otherwise, this process cannot continue.

Therefore, for a smooth process and satisfactory result, we recommend using AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. This software allows you to create bootable USB drive easily no matter which version of Windows 10/8/7 you are running. Moreover, a USB drive of 13 GB is enough, no matter it is certified or not. What's more, this bootable USB creator provides two methods to create bootable USB in Windows 10/8/7.

One is creating Windows To Go with system disc/ISO, kind of like how Windows built-in "Windows To Go" works. Another one is creating Windows To Go with current system, which will migrate the current system to a removable device and completely keep all data and software you have installed on the current system partition.

How to create bootable USB in Windows 10/8/7?

To make a bootable USB drive for a portable Windows USB drive conveniently, take steps as below.

Before operation:

  • You can you can download the AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional Demo version first and give it a try.

  • Prepare an empty USB drive. To speed up the process, a USB 3.0 drive and computer with a USB3.0 port are recommended.

Step 1. Plug the prepared USB drive in your Windows 10 computer and verify it is detected successfully.

Step 2. Double click AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional to enter the main interface, click "All Tools"> "Windows To Go Creator".

Win To Go Creator

Step 3. Here we choose the second method "Create Windows to go with current system" and hit on "Next". This method is much easier.

Create Windows To Go With Current System

Note: since this method will migrate all data on your current system partition to the removable device, the USB drive should be larger than used space of the current system drive.

Step 4. In the subsequent window, you can check the detailed information of your current system. Click "Next" to continue.

Current OS Information

Step 5. Now, you need to choose the USB you plan to use. If your USB drive does not appear, click "Refresh". Then click "Proceed" option.

Choose USB Drive

Note: in the "Advanced" option, you can select the type of the created system and the target system startup mode.

Startup Mode Win1

Step 6. At last, your computer will restart into WinPE mode to make bootable USB stick.

Create Winpe Environment

Note: If you have prepared Windows ISO files, you can choose the first method to create bootable USB stick with system disc/ISO.

Create Win To Go With Windows Files

  • Extra highlight of AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional

With this bootable USB creator, you can make a bootable USB drive for a portable Windows workspace without difficulties.

If you make a bootable USB drive with the purpose of dealing with the Windows boot failure. AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is also helpful. Its "Make Bootable CD Wizard" can enable you to make a bootable USB drive on a working computer.

Make Bootable Media

Then you boot your computer with a boot failure from the bootable drive, and you can use all functions of the software to repair the Windows boot issues. The most commonly used and effective function is to rebuild MBR on the system drive.

Rebuild System Disk MBR

If you want to create Windows Server bootable USB drive to get a portable Windows Server or troubleshoot boot issues, you can try AOMEI Partition Assistant Server edition.