Windows To Go Creator for Windows 10/8/7

Jean updated on Sep 07, 2020 to Todo Backup Resource | How-to Articles

What's Windows To Go

- From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"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."

Windows To Go USB

According to Wiki's explanation, the creation of Windows To Go drives provides users with an imaged version of Windows, which allows them to take Windows OS anywhere on any compatible device. It's particularly useful when Windows startup issues occurred, such as your PC couldn't start properly.

However, the Windows To Go feature is confined and only available in Windows 10 Education and Windows 8/8.1/10 Enterprise. Can Windows users out of the supported Windows editions enjoy the Windows To Go convenience and create bootable USB of their own? 

It's possible, actually, by either using Diskpart command line or third-party Windows To Go creator.

The Best Windows To Go Creator for Windows 10/8.1/8/7

When it comes to creating a portable Windows USB drive that performs like Windows To Go drive, we'd like to introduce you EaseUS Todo Backup. It's Windows backup software, USB bootable software as well as disk/partition clone utility that supports to migrate OS to a new drive along with all its configuration. Besides, you can create a portable Windows USB drive under its system clone feature. 

Video tutorial:

To create a Windows To Go bootable USB drive, follow this guide.

Step 1. Insert your USB flash drive into a Windows computer. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and click System Clone.

click system clone to create Windows To Go drive

Step 2. Choose the USB drive as the destination disk to clone system disk (Only make sure that your USB drive has to be bigger than the source disk). Click on Advanced options and then Create Portable Windows USB drive. Click Next.

select create portable windows usb drive in order to create Windows To Go drive

Step 3. Now the system disk containing your personalized operating system and boot files will be imaged to the USB flash drive.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose EaseUS Todo Backup?

"The easiest way to protect your data and system files."techradar

"EaseUS Todo Backup Free is one of the most popular free data backup applications available. This software offers a myriad of features and is extremely user-friendly. It provides a full system backup, meaning you can back up your entire operating system."TopTenReviews

"EaseUS ToDo Backup Home is a great backup program, well suited to the home and SMB space."PCWorld

What is the difference between Clone and Backup? In what cases should I use Clone?

Clone will copy one disk to another or one partition to another (unallocated space is also supported). Usually, this option is used to upgrade the current disk by creating an identical copy. Backup will generate a .PBD image file containing the selected files or system that can be restored from the .PBD image if needed.

What is the difference between System Backup and Disk Backup?

System Backup will auto-select the system boot related partition(s) as the backup source to make sure the system image can be restored properly. Disk/Partition Backup will allow you to manually select a whole disk or speficy a certain partition as the backup source. You will get the same backup result as System Backup if you manually select the system and boot partitions with the Disk/Partition Backup option.

As a computer newbie, what features should I use to protect my computer?

You can use System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions, use Disk/Partition backup to back up the data partition and add plans to run an automatic backup. If you use the computer frequently or have software that may cause boot failure of the computer, we would suggest you back up the computer every 1 to 2 days. For other situations, you can backup the computer once a week. In addition, you can schedule File Backup to back up the files which are changed frequently.

What kind of storage service should I use to save my backup images?

EaseUS Todo Backup can save backup images to internal disks, external disks, network drives, or free cloud(Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive) and CD/DVD. It is suggested to save the images to the internal/external/network drives to save time as those kinds of disks have a better read-write speed. It is suggested NOT to save the image on the source disk, because once the disk is damaged, all the files on the disk will become unavailable and you will be unable to restore the image.

As a company network administrator, what features should I use to protect our internal computers?

It is recommended that you use the SQL Backup feature to back up your company's SQL server and Exchange Backup feature to back up the Exchange server. In addition, you can execute System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions on every computer and set a plan to execute the backup once a day or twice a week to ensure that the computer can be restored timely when it has boot issues. File Backup feature can be used to back up important user data. If there are a large quantity of computers, you can purchase EaseUS Backup Center to manage the backups on the client computers centrally.

About EaseUS Todo Backup

Be it a file, system, partition, or disk, EaseUS Todo Backup will help you back up or clone the item and provide you with multiple backup plans.