Creating a Windows installation USB flash drive from a Windows

WinToUSB

WinToUSB

  -  23.42 MB  -  Freeware
  • Latest Version

    WinToUSB 8.8 LATEST

  • Review by

    Michael Reynolds

  • Operating System

    Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10 / Windows 11

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  • Author / Product

    Hasleo Software / External Link

  • Filename

    WinToUSB_Free.exe

  • MD5 Checksum

    447a8a4aaa99c93a4bb0d343a773e5e1

WinToUSB (also called Windows To USB) is the best free Windows To Go Creator that allows you to install and run Windows operating system on an external hard drive or USB flash drive, using an ISO/WIM/ESD/SWM/VHD/VHDX image file or CD/DVD drive as the source of installation, or you can clone current Windows OS installation (Windows 7 or later) to a USB drive as a Windows To Go Workspace.

WinToUSB also supports creating a Windows installation USB flash drive from a Windows 11/Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/2008/2012/2016 installation ISO file, so you can install Windows from the USB flash drive easily. Finally, WinToUSB supports creating a bootable Windows PE USB drive, it can help you transfer the contents of Windows PE to a USB drive and make the USB drive bootable.

WinToUSB's key features include:
  • An easy-to-use wizard interface that provides step-by-step instructions for creating a Windows To Go USB drive.
  • Creation of Windows To Go from an ISO/WIM/ESD/SWM/VHD/VHDX image file or CD/DVD drive.
  • Clone an existing Windows OS (Windows 7 or later) to a USB Drive as a Windows To Go Workspace.
  • Use of a Non-Enterprise Edition of Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7 to create Windows To Go Workspace.
  • Creation of Windows To Go on Non-Certified Windows To Go USB Drive.
  • Support for creating VHD-based/VHDX-based Windows To Go Workspace.
  • Support for creating Windows installation USB drives.
Windows To Go (Portable Windows) Creator

With WinToUSB, you can effortlessly set up and operate a functional version of Windows on an external HDD/SSD, USB flash drive, or Thunderbolt drive. This feature enables you to take your portable Windows drive wherever you go and use it on any computer. Compared to similar products, Win 11 To USB app offers faster installation and cloning speed.

Additionally, it supports all editions of Windows 11/10/8/7 and Windows Server. It allows you to create Windows To Go using ISO, WIM, ESD, SWM, VHD(X), or CD/DVD drives. You can clone your currently running Windows operating system to your USB/Thunderbolt drive, even if it's not certified for Windows To Go. You can also create a BitLocker encrypted Windows To Go Workspace. WinToUSB supports the creation of portable Windows for Intel-based Mac computers and can create VHD(X)-based Windows To Go.

Windows Installation USB Creator

WinToUSB now includes a feature named "Windows Installation USB Creator" that simplifies the process of creating a bootable Windows installation USB drive from a Windows 11/10/8/7/vista/2022/2019/2016/2012/2008 installation ISO file. This feature enables you to create a Windows installation USB drive in just a few simple steps. You can use this USB drive to install Windows on both Traditional BIOS and UEFI computers, without the need for separate drives.

Additionally, with this feature, you can bypass the Windows 11 system requirements such as TPM 2.0, Secure Boot, Minimum hardware, and Microsoft account.

Windows PE Bootable USB Creator

This feature enables you to create a bootable Windows PE USB drive by transferring the contents of a Windows PE ISO file to a USB drive. The resulting USB drive is made bootable, and the feature supports the creation of a bootable WinPE USB driver that works on both Traditional BIOS and UEFI computers.

How to create Windows 11/10/8/7 To Go from ISO, WIM, ESD, VHD(X) file?
  1. Select the Windows installation source: Launch WinToUSB and choose the Windows installation image file (ISO, WIM, ESD, VHD(X), etc.) of your choice. Then, select the edition of Windows you want to install.
  2. Select destination drive & partitions: Choose the destination drive, partition scheme, and installation mode based on your preferences. If you wish to encrypt the drive, you can enable BitLocker encryption.
  3. Install Windows: Once you have made all the necessary selections, click on "Proceed" and WinToUSB will start installing Windows. The installation process may take some time, so please be patient and wait for it to complete.


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What's new in this version:

- Improved algorithm for cloning Windows between disks with different sector sizes
- Fixed bug: Failed to download ISO files because Microsoft changed the website
- Improved NTFS formatting algorithm
- Fixed some bugs to improve product quality