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Transfer Windows 10 to a USB Flash Drive

Updated on Apr 03, 2019 by Jean to Backup and Recovery

Summary:
EaseUS Todo Backup enables you to transfer Windows 10 to a USB flash drive in minutes! By carrying the Windows 10 operating system on a portable USB stick, you can use your own personalized operating system anywhere on a business trip, at office or at home.

"I'm not a computer savvy so bear me with my questions here. Lately, our company has upgraded all the computers from Windows 7 to Windows 10, and I really like the Windows 10 operating system. So, I'm thinking if I can carry the Windows 10 operating system home, use the same OS on my laptop."

Some popular ways for you to transfer Windows 10 to a USB drive

As a matter of fact, the approaches to put a Windows 10 operating system onto a flash drive or other external storage devices are not unique. You can take the Windows inbuilt solutions or rely on some third-party tools.

For example, to transfer an OS to a USB stick, you can choose the two of the most applied methods.

One. Windows To Go Creator

"Windows To Go is a feature in Windows 8.1 Enterprise, Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows 10 Enterprise, and Windows 10 Education that allows them to boot and run from certain USB mass storage devices such as USB flash drives and external hard disk drives which have been certified by Microsoft as compatible. It is a fully manageable corporate Windows environment." - from Wiki.

For a detailed explanation, please refer to Windows To Go Creator for Windows 10/8/7

Two. Bootable USB creation tool

Alternatively, there are many Windows To Go like software in the market, such as EaseUS Todo Backup. It's designed with a feature called "Create a Portable Windows USB drive", by which you can transfer Windows 10 to a USB flash drive in minutes! By carrying the Windows 10 operating system on a portable USB stick, you can use your own personalized operating system anywhere on a business trip, at the office or at home.

How to Transfer Windows 10 to a USB flash drive with EaseUS Todo Backup?

Download the commercial version of EaseUS Todo Backup on your Windows 10 computer.

Prepare a USB flash drive with enough storage space to hold the system files.
(Data on the USB flash drive will be erased during the transfer procedure. Make sure that you backed up the USB drive in advance.)

Step 1. Connect the USB drive to your PC and run EaseUS Todo Backup. Click "System Clone". 

The current system partition (Windows 10) and boot partition will be automatically selected.

click system clone to clone Windows 10

Step 2. Select the destination disk - USB drive to clone system drive (system and boot partition) to.
(Here you can identify whether your USB drive storage space is big enough or not.)

select the destination disk

Step 3. Click on Advanced options and tick Create a Portable Windows USB drive.

create a portable USB

Step 4. Click Proceed to start cloning Windows 10 to USB.

start Windows 10 cloning by clicking proceed

By doing like this, the Windows 10 is now successfully put onto the USB flash drive, so that you can freely use Windows 10 on any computer.