How to Transfer or Copy Windows 10 to a USB Flash Drive Easily and Quickly

EaseUS Disk Copy enables you to copy Windows 10 to USB as well as 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.

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Updated on Feb 26, 2024

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Q: How can I transfer Windows 10 from my computer to a USB flash drive?

"I'm not 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."

Want to copy Windows 10 to USB from a computer or laptop? You're not alone. Nowadays Windows operating system is becoming more and more portable, which means that you can not only install Windows 10 from USB but also transfer Windows 10 to USB.

When the topic is Windows OS involved, most of us are frightened to learn further, thinking it's too sophisticated and beyond the scope of our command. The truth is, instead of choosing a manual way, you can easily copy Windows 10 to USB with the intelligent disk copy software - EaseUS Disk Copy for Windows 11/10/8/7/XP/Vista.

       Comparison        EaseUS Disk Copy         Windows To Go
Difficulty ⭐⭐
Speed Quick Medium
Effectiveness High - Help you transfer Windows to a flash drive easily and quickly without boot issues. Moderate - It is not included in the latest Windows updates and is only available on Windows 10 Enterprise and Education editions.

How to Copy Windows 10 to USB with EaseUS Disk Copy

EaseUS Disk Copy is very intuitive, and it's developed with the concept of providing all Windows users with a trouble-free system migration from one hard drive to another. It can help you clone a hard drive to a USB flash drive and data loss. In addition, it lets you clone hard drives with different sizes and clone hard drives with bad sectors.

🔗Related Reading: Simplest USB Clone Tool to Clone USB Stick

In order to copy Windows 10 from your desktop or laptop computer to a USB drive, all you need is a two-step preparation.

#1. Install the full version of  EaseUS Disk Copy on your computer

#2. Prepare an empty USB flash drive with enough storage space to hold the system files. e.g., If the OS partition is 50GB, your USB drive has to be 50GB and higher.

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Now start to copy Windows 10 to USB with a simple guide:

1. Download, install and run EaseUS Disk Copy on your PC.

Click Partition Mode and select the source partitions that you want to copy or clone. Click Next to continue.

Select source partition to clone

2. Select the target partition where you want to clone/copy the source partition to and click Next to continue.

Check and edit the partition layout: Autofit the disk, Copy as the source or Edit disk layout.
Autofit the disk is recommended.

  • Copy as the source option will copy/clone the same layout of partitions from your source disk to the destination disk.
  • Edit disk layout allows you to manually resize or move partition layout on the destination disk.
Select the destination partition to clone or copy partition

3. Click OK if the program asks to erase data on the destination partition.

Copy and clone partition to destination partition.

Click "Proceed" to start the partition cloning or partition copying process now.

Complete partition cloning or copying process

Here is also a video on how to use EaseUS Disk Copy.

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

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How to Transfer Windows 10 to a USB drive with Windows To Go

As a matter of fact, the approaches to putting a Windows 10 operating system onto a flash drive or other external storage devices are not unique. If you have a solid computer background, you can take the Windows inbuilt solution called Windows To Go Creator to transfer an OS to a USB stick.

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"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.

But is Windows To Go still available? For a detailed explanation, please refer to Windows To Go Creator for Windows 10/8/7

No matter which way you choose to transfer or copy Windows 10 to a USB flash drive, you will achieve the goal of carrying the Windows 10 operating system on a portable USB stick and freely use your own personalized operating system anywhere on a business trip, at the office, or at home.

To Wrap Things Up

This article offers two ways to help you transfer Windows 10 to a USB flash drive. You can refer to the methods in the article. But it is worth noting that Windows To Go is only available on Windows 10 Enterprise and Home editions and is not available in the latest Windows 10/11 updates.

Under such circumstances, EaseUS Disk Copy is a better choice for you to transfer your Windows 11/10/8/7 to a USB flash drive. It can also help you perform other tasks, such as replacing a laptop hard drive without losing data, cloning different drives, etc. Just download and try it! It will not let you down!

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FAQs on How to Transfer Windows 10 to a USB Flash Drive

1. Can I copy Windows operating system to a USB?

You can copy the Windows OS to USB via a system clone. To this end, you need to use a piece of professional third-party cloning software. EaseUS Disk Copy can be the one you should try. It can function well on Windows operating systems to help you clone the system, data, partition, and disk.

2. Can you copy Windows 10 from one computer to another?

You can clone Windows 10 to another computer. You can copy the Windows 10 installation to another computer using a USB bootable disk. You'll be able to have a perfect replica of your Windows 10 installation on the other computers as a result.

3. How do I copy my Windows operating system?

To copy/clone your Windows operating system, you will need to use third-party cloning tools like EaseUS Disk Copy. Such a tool can help you clone your OS easily and quickly.

EaseUS Disk Copy

EaseUS Disk Copy is a well designed and very easy-to-use HDD/SSD cloning and migration tool, a tool which should be ideal for anyone wanting to quickly and easily migrate an existing system disk to a new disk (or newly installed SSD drive) with the minimal of configuration required.

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