By Emily / Last Updated October 28, 2019

Benefits of cloning/copying Windows 7 to USB drive

Nowadays, lots of computer users are planning to clone or copy Windows 7/8/10 to USB drive to make a portable Windows USB. With that, users can enjoy the following two major benefits.

  • After installing Windows operating system onto USB drive, you can take it everywhere and boot your own familiar OS on different computers. That can help save the time in changing operating system and adapting to the new OS.

  • When your computer crashed suddenly or Windows fails to boot, you can also rescue it with the portable Windows USB drive.

So, here comes the core question: how to copy Windows 7 to USB?

Best “Windows to Go Creator” for Windows 7/8/10

To help users easily copy Windows to USB flash drive, Windows released a new feature named “Windows To Go” for Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education/Enterprise/Pro. With that, users can burn Windows ISO files to USB, boot and run Windows from certain USB storage devices certified by Microsoft as compatible.

But what if you are using Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 Home/ Pro/Education as well as Windows 10 Home? You can use AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. It developed “Windows To Go Creator”, which is more compatible since it allows you to clone all versions of Windows 10, 8.1/8 or 7 on removable USB flash drives to boot it from any computer as you need.

Compared with “Windows To Go” which needs a USB drive of 32GB at least and the USB must be certified by Microsoft at the same time, otherwise you cannot convert ISO to USB successfully, the “Windows To Go Creator” only requires a 13GB USB drive and non-certified USB drive is also OK. Most importantly, besides allowing you to create Windows to go USB with either Windows disc/ISO or current system.

How to copy Windows 7 to USB drive?

Now, you can download the demo version and learn how to clone Windows 7 to USB drive in two different methods through “Windows To Go Creator”.

Warning: the following operation will clear data on the target USB drive, so please back up files that you need in advance.

Method 1. Create Windows 7 to Go with system disc/ISO

If you have Windows disc or ISO files available, you can use this method.

Step 1. Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro on your Windows 7 computer. Connect USB drive to the computer and make sure it is detected successfully.

Step 2. Click “All Tools” > “Windows To Go Creator” on the left side.

Win To Go Creator

Step 3. Choose the first method "Create Windows To Go with system disc/ISO" and click “Next”.

Create Win To Go With Windows Files

Step 4. In the subsequent window, choose the target USB drive first, then click "Browse" to select the Windows 7 ISO file. After all are done, click "OK" to continue.

Choose Windows Files

Step 5. Click "Proceed" to start cloning Windows 7 to USB drive.


Method 2. Create Windows 7 To Go with current system

If the Windows 7 ISO files are not available or you don’t want to download or extract the ISO file, this method is proper for you.

Note: the following steps are based on Windows 10, but you can apply them to Windows 7 computer.

Step 1. In the main interface of AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro, click “All Tools” > “Windows To Go Creator” on the left side.

Step 2. In this windows, choose the second method “Create Windows to go with current system” and hit on “Next”.

Create Windows To Go With Current System

Step 3. Then you will see the detailed information about your current operating system.

Current OS Information

Step 4. All USB drives you plug in the computer will be shown in this page, please choose the right one. Then click “Proceed”.

Choose USB Drive

Step 5. After clicking “Proceed” button, the computer will restart into WinPE mode to complete the operation.

Create Winpe Environment

Summing Up

Now, I am sure you have a clear idea on how to copy Windows 7 to USB drive. After cloning Windows OS to USB, you can plug the USB drive into any computer at any place, enter BIOS, and change the boot order to USB first and save. Then you can successfully boot into Windows 10/8/7. By the way, AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro also supports migrating only OS drive to SSD/HDD.