Windows to Go is a feature in Windows 10 Enterprise and Previous versions like Windows 8.x. It is a feature on windows 10 Enterprise and Education which have ability to create a Portable Windows 10 USB. If you are worried that windows 10 on USB won’t be complete, I assure you that it is fully functional to manage a Windows 10. In windows 10 Enterprise when you using the Windows to go, it creates a Windows to go Workspace on the USB. However in this post you will learn How to Create a Windows to Go USB Flash Drive on Windows 10 Enterprise. Later you will get the idea How to create a portable USB flash Drive on other editions of Windows 10 or 8.1.
- A Windows 10 Enterprise iSO.
- GImageX although the windows to go can do the job. But the third party software like Rufus, GImageX, and AOEMI Partition assistant can create a windows to go workspace on any edition of windows like Pro and home.
- A 32 GB USB Flash Drive.
Creating a Portable Windows 10 Environment with Windows to go
Step 1. Insert a USB Flash Drive which should be at least 25 GB, since there is 25 GB USB flash on the Market you have to use a 32 GB USB Flash. If you have a Hard Disk, again it can do the job.
Step 2. Press Windows + I to open settings, when it opens, type their Windows to go and select that.
Step 3. Select the USB Flash Drive. I don’t have a 32 GB USB Flash, so I used my 1TB Hard Drive for it.
Step 4. Once you selected the USB, it will ask you to enter a Bit locker Password for the USB. Although it is optional but many IT Geeks recommends to use a Bit Locker Key. Remember it is not creating any recovery file, so if you are using be sure to remind that correctly.
Step 5. Now go ahead and the Windows 10 ISO which you had download. If you don’t know How to Mount an ISO, right click on the ISO and select Mount. If you don’t mount the .iso file it can’t select any operating system, it will keep on searching for the OS. In addition when the .iso is mounted, there is a file called install.wim. This file about 3 GB and every single data of windows 10 is available in it. That’s why you have to mount the drive.
Step 6. Now it will give you a warning for reformatting the USB Flash Drive. So, move or take backup of all the files from USB. Please be patient here, because many user have reported that the process may take up to one hour.
Step 7. This step is about configuring a boot option. It will ask you that do you want to boot your system automatically to Windows to go. Here you have to select No, and don’t make it permanent after that select save and restart.
How to Create a Windows to Go USB Flash Drive on Any Edition of Windows?
The third party software are really helpful whenever you are in trouble with you are windows limitations. GImageX is one kind of a software which can help up to create a windows to go USB Flash Drive. There are other Applications too which I have introduced in next post with full details and guidance to create Windows to Go USB. But before using the GImageX, first you have to bootable USB, if you don’t know How to create Bootable USB for Windows 10, here are the commands.
- Open run dialog box and type diskpart.
- Type “list disk” to list all the disks connected to your system.
- Then select the USB Flash Drive by typing “select disk x”, instead of X, you have to type the disk number.
- Clean all partition & files by typing “clean”
- Now create a primary partition by typing “create partition primary”
- Then format the USB with NTFS Files system by typing “Format Fs= NTFS Quick”
- Type Active to activate the USB.
- Type Exit to quit the Diskpart.
Now follow the below procedures for Windows to Go USB.
Step 1. Mount the downloaded Windows 10 iSO. When you lunch it, it looks like it is on the CD/DVD Room in to a separate drive. Now open it and navigate to the Sources folder, find their install.wim file and copy the path.
Step 2. After downloading the GImageX, launch it depending to your operating system. I am Using Windows 10 Enterprise 64-Bit version. So I will launch the 64-bit Version.
Step 3. Move from capture tab to apply tab, then paste the path which had copied. Or if you haven’t copied the path simply click browse and find the install.wim file inside the Sources folder.
Step 4. The next step to verify the USB Flash Drive. Click browse and locate the USB Flash Drive.
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