How to Install Windows 10/8/7 to USB?

December 7, 2018

This tutorial demonstrates the method of installing Windows to USB and analyzes the reason of why you need to install Windows to USB.

Can I install Windows to USB?

“Hey! I need your help. The thing is like this, the system of my working computer is Windows 10. Tomorrow I am going on a business trip and need to work with another computer (its system is Windows 7). But I am used to using Windows 10 and I don’t want to use Windows 7. Can I install Windows 10 to the USB drive? Any suggestions shall be appreciated!”

Why you need to install Windows to USB?

Why install Windows to USB? In some cases, the operating system of your computer may stop working. Then, your computer may fail to boot and the data on the computer will become inaccessible. At this time, if you have a USB installed with Windows operating system, you can easily boot your computer from the USB. And restore system for it or repair MBR. Besides, install Windows to USB can help you to create the same working environment. In other words, if the system of your working computer and home computer are in difference, you can install the Windows of the working computer to your USB and then boot the home computer from the USB. Thus, you can get the same working environment if you need work at home.

How to install Windows to USB?

So, how to install Windows to USB? Is there any easy method to do this operation? The answer towards this question is yes! You can use a powerful third party Windows to USB tool to install Windows to USB easily and effectively. Here AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is highly recommended. With its function of Win to USB, you can easily install current Windows system to the USB drive. The following example will show you the specific steps of how to install Windows to USB drive:

First of all, please plug the USB drive into a USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port on the computer and make sure it can be detected.

Step 1. Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro. The partition information of your computer will display on the main interface. Click “Windows To Go Creator” on the left side bar.

Win To Go Creator

Step 2. In the pop-up window, tick “Create Windows To Go with current system” and then click “Next” to continue.

Create Windows To Go

PS: The first option demand the size of USB drive larger than the used space of system drive. If the capacity of your USB drive is not enough, you can choose the second option to create Windows bootable USB from ISO.

Step 3. After that, preview the current OS information and click “Next”.

Current OS Information

Step 4. Then, select the USB drive and click “Proceed” to continue.

Select USB Drive

Step 5. The next window will prompt you that the program will restart into Windows PE environment to and the data on the target USB device will be cleared. Make sure there is no important data on the USB and click “Yes”.


Step 6. After that, the progress will start to initialize the system migration environment and create a WinPE environment. Then, the computer will restart automatically.


Step 7. Finally, wait patiently until the migration finish.

Moving Windows


If you want to install Windows to USB, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional can be the best Windows to USB tool. You can easily install windows to USB drive in Windows 10/8/7, Windows XP, as well as Windows Vista. if you just want to create bootable media (ex: USB, SD card), AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro can help you too. With the help of this powerful tool, you can better manage your computer. If the operating system of your computer is Windows Server, please turn to AOMEI Partition Assistant Server to enjoy more advanced features.