How to Transfer Windows 10 to a USB Flash Drive?

December 1, 2016

Transferring Windows 10 to a USB flash drive becomes very easy since the Windows To Go Creator of AOMEI Partition Assistant now supports Windows 10.

Windows To Go in Windows 10

Windows 10 has 7 editions to counter the different fields and devices, Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Professional, Windows 10 Enterprise, Windows 10 Education, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise, and Windows 10 loT Core. But only Windows 10 Enterprise built-in Windows To Go functions.

Windows To Go of Windows 10 Enterprise is a great function which can transfer Windows 10 to USB drive so that you can bring your own device to work more convenient. However, there are so many limitations of it. The Windows To Go of Windows 10 needs a Microsoft-certificated USB drive and it must be at least 32 GB.

Does it mean that you can’t create a bootable USB drive if you are not using Windows 10 Enterprise and Microsoft-certificated USB drive? No! The third-party software AOMEI Partition Assistant will help you move your Windows 10 to any USB drive larger than 13 GB.

Windows To Go Creator in AOMEI Partition Assistant

AOMEI Partition Assistant is a great powerful software for managing partitions. Resize partition, move partition, delete/format partition, merge partitions, etc. It can also migrate OS to SSD, convert dynamic disk to basic disk and vise versa. Windows To Go Creator is designed for Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10. With this feature, you can migrate Windows 10 to USB drive easily. Even you the operating system isn’t Enterprise edition, or the USB drive isn’t certificated by Microsoft.

How to transfer Windows 10 to USB drive?

If you are using the Windows 10 Enterprise edition and you having 32 GB Microsoft-certified USB drive, you can use the Windows To Go built-in Window 10. But if you don’t have those conditions, you can transfer Windows10 to USB drive with the help of Windows To Go creator of AOMEI Partition Assistant. The operations are very simple and easy. Here is the step by step guide as the following.

Before you do:

1. Prepare a Windows 10 ISO file. If you have a Windows 10 installation CD/DVD, you can directly insert it.

2. Prepare a USB flash drive at least 13 GB. You’d better prepare a USB 3.0. Although AOMEI Partition Assistant supports USB 2.0 too, the USB 3.0 is highly recommend because of the higher speed of creating Windows To Go.

Step1. Launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro (you can download the free edition AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard too). Click Windows To Go Creator at the left side, as the following picture shows.

Windows To Go Creator

Step2. After opening the Windows To Go Creator, you need to find the USB drive and click Refresh, then, find the Windows ISO file by clicking Browse. Then click Proceed.

Step3. It will popup a window to remind you that this proceed will overwriting the whole USB drive, so if there are important data on the drive, you’d better copy it by using Disk Copy Wizard of AOMEI Partition Assistant. Confirm it and click Yes to continue. It will start by extracting WIM file.

After creating Windows To Go for Windows 10, clearly you have made BYOD (Bring your own device), and you can boot any computer in everywhere with this bootable USB drive. The use of your own device would make things more easy and convenient.

The AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard version is free for Windows PC users. It is the best free partition manager for Windows users. It provides you more features in the AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional version, such asallocate free space from one partition to another, convert primary partition to logical, migrate OS from a GPT disk to a GPT/MBR SSD or disk, and so on. If you are a Windows Server user, you can try to use the AOMEI Partition Assistant Server version.