WinToUSB : Install Windows 11/10/8/7 on an external USB hard drive or USB stick


Installing Windows on removable media such as external hard drives and USB flash drives is a painful story that still applies to previous versions of Windows as the end result, in addition to the difficulty of implementing it, was many times over. instability problems.

All this until the advent of Windows 8 Enterprise which in addition to the new features of windows 8 also included the feature Windows To Go i.e. the ability for the user to install the new operating system on a USB stick or an external hard drive. Of course I don't know how many people might own Windows 8 Enterprise and the certified USB drives they require (Microsoft only supports drives certified for Windows To Go.) . 

All this until the advent of windows 8.1 and subsequent versions of Windows that include the ability to install on any external disk and flash drive as long as they provide at least the relative capacity required to install windows for a decent speed, especially for windows 11 requires a USB with at least 64 Gb available and 3.1 or 3.2 connectivity and with high write and read speeds.

The installation is very very simple and this will help us WinToUSB a small freeware utility makes installation a real toy. The installation process is done in just a few steps and is completed after restarting our computer. However, as you will see, WinToUSB includes even more features as it can install not only an ISO image but also directly from the Windows DVD, or even copy our existing operating system to a USB drive.

Before proceeding with the recording process, make sure the hard disk, SSD or USB you will use has the appropriate capacity and reliable specifications so that you do not encounter any problems. 

For the process of burning the Windows DVD we will use the example of copying an ISO image, without this meaning that this option is binding, since as we wrote above you can use the Windows installation DVD, even transferring it of the operating system to your new disk. Finally, I would like to clarify that this is an independent process that does not affect your existing operating system in any way. 

The program is available in two versions, the completely free version and the commercial version which clearly includes more features. You can see the differences here

Especially if you want to install windows 11 make sure to find a USB with very fast write and read speeds, otherwise you will be disappointed. Also, you should be aware that on Windows 7 you may experience driver issues when booting on different computers, so we recommend using Windows 11/10/8.1/8 to build Windows To Go. 

Windows 7 does not have built-in USB 3.0 support, so it will need to boot from a USB 2.0 port. We should also point out that, simple USB flash drives are very slow and it will take a long time to install and run Windows USB flash drives.

Therefore, it is recommended to use an external hard drive, or certified Windows To Go drives, such as Corsair Flash Voyager GTX USB 3.1 Premium flash, SanDisk Extreme CZ80 USB 3.0 Flash Drive or SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.1 Solid State Flash Drive. 

The advantage of Windows To Go is that the USB drive you will install windows on can be booted on different computers, so you can take them anywhere and use them on any computer.


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