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If you travel frequently but don’t want to bring a laptop, or work regularly with computers that don’t have the applications you need, choose Windows portable. With portable Windows, you have less to carry and all your preferences are with you.
What Is Windows To Go?
With Windows To Go, you can install a full Windows 10/8.1/8 operating system on an external hard drive or USB stick. This makes your USB a portable Windows environment, similar to a Linux distribution designed to work via a USB port. With Windows To Go, you can take the active Windows system everywhere with you and use it on any computer.
- Must be able to boot from a USB stick.
- Processor of at least 1 GHz.
- At least 2 GB of RAM.
- Make sure that the Windows image architecture is compatible with the processor. This means that you cannot run a 64-bit version of Windows to Go on a 32-bit processor.
- Windows to Go from a computer running Windows RT is not supported.
- Windows To Go on Mac is not supported.
Advantages of using Windows 10 USB portable
Today, many computer users like to create Windows 10 portable USB sticks. You can actually benefit a lot from the Windows 10 laptop.
1 Allows you to try Windows 10 without installing it.
If you don’t know how Windows 10 works and can’t decide to use Windows, you can create a Windows to USB portable USB stick and use it on other compatible devices without updating or installing the system.
2. All your programs and applications are available.
With Windows on USB stick or external hard drive, you can take it anywhere with you and run Windows 10 on any PC. For example, if you need to use certain applications on your home desktop, a Windows portable USB stick makes it easy for you.
3. Leaves no trace
You can borrow a friend’s or colleague’s PC to run Windows laptop without having to worry about accounts that stay connected or accidentally storing confidential data on the local computer. This is because the host computer is kept offline by default when you boot into the Windows 10 laptop.
Run Windows 10 from a USB stick
First, connect to your current Windows 10 computer to create a Windows 10 ISO file that will be used to install Windows 10 on the USB stick.
To do this, go to the Windows 10 download site. This website offers the latest edition of Windows 10, which is currently the update of Windows 10 October 2018, or Windows 10 Version 1809, click on the Download Tool Now button. Then double-click on the downloaded MediaCreationTool.exe file to install the tool.
Click the Access button on the first screen Applicable Messages and License Conditions. Then click on the option “Create installation media for another PC” and click on Next. On the Select Language, Architecture and Edit screen, check that all options are correct, then click Next.
Select a location on your hard disk to save the Windows.iso file. Click on Save. Windows 10 generates the required ISO file. When the process is complete, click Finish.
That’s all there is! You can now take your USB key or hard drive and perform the portable installation on any computer.
To do this, you must plug in the drive, restart the computer you are using and start on the USB drive. The first time it runs, it installs the drivers and takes a little time to start, then configures it as a Windows 8.x reinstall.
Try it and let us know how it works for you in the comments below.
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