Can I get a portable Windows 10 environment?
Sometimes, I need to work at home. But Home computer and Work computer are with different Windows environment. I want to use the same Windows environment when I’m at home. My work computer is running Windows 10 and I wonder it is possible to install the Windows 10 on a USB flash drive, so that I can boot from it and apply the same OS environment at home. If is, can you show me the detailed steps?
Create Bootable USB from ISO for Windows 10
In fact, it is rather easy to make a portable OS environment on USB drive if you own Windows installation ISO file. You can create Windows 10 bootable USB from the ISO in a few clicks. Two ways will be illustrated at length in the following context.
Install Windows 10 on USB via Windows built-in feature
If you are running Windows 10 Enterprise/Education/Pro edition, you can use Windows built-in function – Windows To Go to create a portable Windows 10 bootable USB drive. See the steps given below:
1. Mount the ISO file and connect a certified USB drive to your Windows 10 computer.
2. Click Windows button and go to Control Panel > Windows To Go.
3. In the Create a Windows To Go workspace window, choose the certified USB drive onto which you want to install Windows 10 and click “Next”.
4. Click “Add search location” to search for the Windows 10 installation ISO file and choose the mounted ISO file.
5. Choose whether to use BitLocker in the USB drive.
6. Click "Create".
7. Wait for the process to finish. Click Yes or No to make this computer boot from the new created Windows 10 USB drive.
The capacity of the target USB drive should not be less than 32GB.
This operation will erase all data on the destination USB drive, thus you should backup the necessary data on it in advance.
Install Windows 10 on USB via third-party software
If you are Windows 10 Home, Windows 8/8.1 Home/ Pro/Education or Windows 7 user, you can’t enjoy Windows To Go function. If the capacity of the USB drive where you want to put Windows OS, you can’t create Windows To Go workplace on such USB drive.
If you encounter these issues, you can turn to AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, a 3rd party overall and powerful tool, allowing you to create Windows 10 bootable USB from ISO even when you are not Windows 10 Enterprise/Education/Pro or Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise user. And it only demands the USB drive not less than 13GB. Let’s see how it works:
Something you should prepare:
A 13 GB USB drive (USB flash drive or USB external hard drive) or large USB drive
A related Windows ISO file or installation disc (here is Windows 10 ISO file)
Step 1. Insert the USB drive to your computer and make sure that it can be detected.
Step 2. Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant. In the main interface, click “Windows To Go Creator” and choose “Create Windows To Go with system disc/ISO”.
PS.: If you are without ISO file, you can choose the second option: Create Windows To Go with current system. But this way demands that the capacity of your USB drive is much larger than the size of C drive.
Step 3. In the pop-up window, choose a USB drive as destination path and choose the related Windows ISO file. Then, click “Proceed”.
PS.: If your USB drive not listed, click “Refresh”;if Windows 10 ISO file is not automatically detected, click “Browse” to select manually.
Step 4. You’ll be prompted that the program will delete all data on this USB drive…, click “Yes” and wait the process to complete. (If you have wanted files on the USB drive, you can back up the USB drive firstly via AOMEI Backupper.)
After creating Windows 10 bootable USB drive successfully, you are able to boot Windows 10 from the USB drive.
After realizing two methods on how to create Windows 10 bootable USB from ISO, aimed at applying same operating system in different places, you can pick up one based on your specific situation and demand.
In fact, apart from building Windows To Go workplace, AOMEI Partition Assistant is featured with other various functions like converting data/system disk between MBR and GPT, wipe hard drive permanently, cloning hard drive to SSD and so on.