How to install Windows 10 to an external hard drive as portable Windows 10?

2017-9-8, Posted by Admin to Portable Windows Creator

BYOD is short for bring your own device. BYOD is an IT policy where employees are allowed or encouraged to bring personally owned devices (laptops, tablets, and smart phones) to their workplace, and to use those devices to access enterprise data and systems. The advantage of using BYOD is that it can increase productivity, improve employee satisfaction and reduce costs, so BYOD become more and more popular now. In order to satisfy this requirement, Microsoft developed a new feature called Windows To Go (WTG) since Windows 8. With this feature, you can install and run Windows on a USB drive. Unfortunately, this feature is currently only available in the enterprise version of Windows. But don't worry, a powerful Windows To Go Creator software (WinToUSB) has been unveiled. With this software, you can easily create a portable Windows on a USB drive, even you don't have an enterprise version of Windows.


User Guide: How to use WinToUSB to install Windows 10 onto an external hard drive as portable Windows 10?

1. Connect the external hard drive to the computer.

2. Covert the external hard drive to MBR partition scheme then create the system and boot partitions. The system partition must be FAT32 format and the boot partition must be NTFS format.

3. Install and run WinToUSB.

4. Click the ISO Icon button, then click the Browse Icon button and select the Windows 10 installation ISO file from the open dialog box.

select windows 10 installation iso

5. WinToUSB scans for and lists installable operating systems in the Windows 10 installation ISO. Please select the edition of Windows you want to install, then click "Next".

select windows 10 edition

6. Select the destination disk in the drop-down list. If your USB drive is not correctly recognized by WinToUSB, you need to click the Refresh Icon button for the program to recognize the USB drive.

select external hard drive

7. Select the boot partition and system partition from the partition list, the selected partitions will be marked as red.

select system and boot partition

8. After clicking "Next", WinToUSB begins installing Windows 10 to the USB drive.

installing Windows 10 to USB drive

9. It takes some time to install. After installation restart the computer and change BIOS to boot from your USB drive.

change BIOS to boot from USB

10. Windows 10 normal installation starts up and you have to complete all the installation steps. After that, you can install programs, copy files, etc.

Windows normal installation


Follow these simple steps, you can install Windows 10 to an external hard drive as portable Windows 10 easily.