Why You Need To Run A Portable Windows Version

If you are a traveler, but you don’t want to lug a laptop, or works with computers that miss your required apps, then you should consider a portable Windows. With portable Windows, you can carry less, so all your preferences can come with you as well.

Traveling is a pain, in fact. Even when you don’t travel for long distances regularly, but if you consistently work with different computers, you can find yourself without the tools you need, which causes to last your workflow.

You can fix this problem by putting Windows version into a flash USB drive with a copy of portable Windows version. Then, boot that USB drive and you will have all your apps, files, data just in a small device in your pocket.

However, the official Microsoft “Windows To Go” feature only works for Windows Enterprise and also requires a certificated USB flash drive. You can think about using Portable VirtualBox, but it requires a VM software and an OS installation to run from.

If you want an alternative, then Rufus and WinToUSB will be good solutions since they are easy to use just with a few clicks. With WinToUSB software, you need to pay a few dollars if you want to install Windows 10 1809 version with October 2018 update.

However, it’s a pity when Rufus doesn’t come with the option to install 1809 build at all. Alternatively, you can get Windows 1803 version through Microsoft Windows & Office ISO Download Tool. All you need is to download and run the program, select Windows 10 and choose 1803 build.

What To Do Before Getting Started

To get the process done, you need to download a few items:

  • Prepare a copy of Rufus or WinToUSB
  • A USB 3.0 Flash Drive with at least 16 GB (bigger is better). You could also use a 2.0 USB drive, but it the speed is quite low.
  • A Windows ISO file
  • A valid license for your portable Windows copy. You can also choose the cracked version, but we don’t recommend.

Method 1: Install Windows version on a USB Flash Drive with Rufus

To get started, you need to download Rufus on your computer and then open it. Rufus is a portable app, so you don’t have to install it.

  • In Rufus window, choose the USB device you want to install Windows in the “Device” box. Click on “Select” and point Rufus at the Windows ISO you are going to install from it.
  • After selecting your ISO file, click on the “Image option” box and choose “Windows To Go.”

  • Click on “Partition Scheme” section and then choose “MBR” option. Next, click on “Target System” and select ‘BIOS or UEFI.”
  • Simply click on “Start” button once you’re done. Your USB flash drive will be formatted and installed Windows 10 build.

Wait for the process to be done. After that, safely detach the USB drive from your computer, and you can now boot your USB flash drive on any PC you want. When you are in front of a computer and want to launch a copy of Windows from, you need to reboot, boot the BIOS and select the option to boot from USB devices.

Method 2: Create a Windows Drive using WinToUSB

The first step you need to do is downloading and installing WinToUSB. It offers a free version, so if you’re installing Windows 10 version 1803, that’s enough for you. After you have it installed, simply open it and agree to the UAC (User Account Control) popup appearing on the screen.

When WinToUSB opens, there will be two options for you. You can clone your current system to USB or choose to create a new copy of Windows from an iso file. To clone so, you need to prepare a larger USB drive (at least a half of your computer space). So this post only focuses on creating a new Windows copy.

  • Click the icon looking like a file with a magnifying glass in the right corner, which is to the right of the Image File
  • Browse to Windows ISO file and launch it. On the next screen, choose the Windows version you have a key license for and then click on “Next.”
  • Click on the down arrow on the right of the path box to choose your USB drive. If you don’t find it, just click on the refresh button on the right side of the down arrow.
  • You will now see a warning and formatting dialog popping up, but don’t worry:
  • Select the “MBR for BIOS” option and click on “Yes.” If you have already paid money for Pro version, you will get advanced features like using “MBR for Bios and UEFI,” which can work with both modern UEFI and legacy systems.
  • WinToUSB will now suggest partitions based on your preference. select the “Legacy” option and click on “Next.”

That’s all. All you need is to wait for the installation process to complete. Safely detach the USB stick and bring it with you.

When you are at a computer and want to launch your Windows copy from, simply reboot, boot into the BIOS mode and choose the USB devices option.

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