How to Use Rufus to Create Windows To Go USB Drive

How to Use Rufus to Create Windows to go USB Drive

Windows To Go is a feature available to users that allows them to install and run Windows OS, like Windows 8 or 10, from a USB or external hard drive. Several computer users who use operating systems like Linux and macOS prefer to use this feature to install the desired Windows OS on the external USB drive rather than installing it on the internal drives. And third-party solutions like Rufus also allow users to create Windows To Go USB Drive using Rufus application. So, in this article, you will learn how to use Rufus to create Windows To Go USB Drive with detailed steps.

How to Use Rufus to Create Windows to go USB Drive

How to Use Rufus to Create Windows-To-Go USB Drive

With the help of the Windows To Go feature, users can save the internal storage space as the OS runs from the USB or external HDD.

The Windows To Go feature supported operating systems are:

  • Windows 8 & 8.1 Enterprise Edition
  • Windows 10 Education Edition
  • Windows 10 Enterprise Edition
  • Windows 10 Professional Edition

However, the Windows-To-Go feature is no longer available in Windows 10 (2004 and later versions). So, if you want to use this feature, you have to use third-party software, such as Rufus. Due to the unavailability of the built-in Windows To Go feature, Rufus Windows To Go USB Drive has now become one of the most popular software to use.

Below are the system requirements to create Windows To Go USB Drive using Rufus:

  • Rufus Software
  • Windows 8, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10 (all editions) required to use Rufus to create Windows To Go USB Drive
  • 32 GB or more USB or HDD size required
  • Supported and compatible Windows OS ISO image is required

So, after reading and understanding the requirements, let us head for the main focus of this article: How to use Rufus to create Windows To Go USB Drive? Follow the upcoming steps to perform the same on your system.

1. Begin by downloading the Windows Insider Preview ISO using your Microsoft account.

Windows Insider Preview ISO. How to Use Rufus to Create Windows to go USB Drive

2. Download & Install the Rufus software on your Windows 10 PC as shown.

Note: Download the latest, normal Rufus version and not the portable one.

Rufus Download page

3. Connect your USB Flash drive to use it as Windows To Go USB drive.

Note: Back up all the data from this drive as data will get erased automatically during this process.

connect usb. How to Use Rufus to Create Windows to go USB Drive

Also Read: Fix Windows 10 Won’t Boot From USB

4. Launch the Rufus software on your Windows 10/8/8.1 system.

5. Select the desired USB drive under the Device drop-down menu.

6. Now, under the Partition scheme and target system type, select the MBR partition scheme for BIOS or UEFI computer option from the list. This way, the newly created USB drive will work with older BIOS and newer UEFI systems.

Partition scheme

7. Select NTFS under File System.

Note: FAT32 cannot be used due to its size limitation.

Different settings under Format Options

8. Select 4096 bytes (Default) under Cluster size.

9. The New volume label field gets changed automatically during the rescue disk creation process.

10. Under Format Options, check the boxes for these options:

  • Quick format
  • Create a bootable disk using: Browse and select your ISO Image from your system.
  • After selecting the bootable ISO Image, unselect the default Standard Windows installation option and select the other Windows To Go option.
  • Create extended label and icon files

Advanced format options present in Rufus. How to Use Rufus to Create Windows to go USB Drive

11. Now, click the Start option from the bottom to start the bootable disk creation process.

12. The pop-up message will appear stating: WARNING: ALL DATA ON DEVICE [USB drive name] WILL BE DESTROYED. Click OK to continue the process further.

13. Now, Rufus software will take almost 1.5-2 hours of time to prepare the Windows To Go drive for you. So, keep this software running in the background.

14. Once the process is finished, you will see the READY message in the Rufus software status bar.

15. Lastly, restart your PC to test and run the newly installed Windows To Go drive.

This way, you have completed the Rufus Windows To Go USB Drive process successfully.

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So now, you have understood how to use Rufus to create Windows To Go USB Drive with the detailed steps to your aid. You can let us know any queries about this article and suggestions about any other topic you want us to make an article on. Drop them in the comments section below for us to know.

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Pete is a Senior staff writer at TechCult. Pete loves all things technology and is also an avid DIYer at heart. He has a decade of experience writing how-tos, features, and technology guides on the internet.

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