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In this tutorial we will explain step-by-step how to create a Windows live USB, meaning you will have a fully operational version of windows on a USB stick that you can access from any computer.


Apr, 19

Windows Live USB, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 2019, Windows 2016

There is great functionality in having a fully working version of Windows that you could boot from any computer on something as small as a USB flash drive (Windows Live USB) and today we will show you how to do it. All you need is a 16GB (recommended 32GB+) flash drive and a license to activate Windows on the USB.

First of all, you will need to get a Windows ISO file with the version that you require. We are going to use WinToUSB, which has a free version of the program. There is a small caveat however; the free version of the program only supports Windows 10 versions 1803 (April 2018 release) and lower (Windows 2016, Windows 7). In order to get a later version of Windows (Windows Sever 2019) to work, you will have to pay $29.95 for the Professional version of WinToUSB.

Now that you have all the prerequisites, let us move on to the first step.

1: Head to their dedicated website and download WinToUSB.

How to Create a Windows Live USB


2: Connect a blank USB to your computer and launch WinToUSB. From here, use the browse button (i.e. to the right of “Image File” field) to select your ISO file and the version of Windows you wish to clone onto the USB stick. Once done, click “Next”

Windows Live USB, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 2019, Windows 2016


3: Now select the USB drive from the drop-down menu. Once selected, a popup will appear, prompting you to select a partition scheme. Click on “MBR for BIOS” and then “Yes”.

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4: On the next screen, select the “Legacy” option under “Installation mode:” and click Next. The creation of the Windows USB shall begin, and once it reaches 100%, you can unplug your USB.

Windows Live USB

IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to use the windows USB on a computer, you will have to enter BIOS and change the boot preferences in order to boot the Windows USB.

Antoniy Yushkevych

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2020, Jan, 20

The USB creation tool you posted doesn't work with Linux (Lubuntu 16.0.4 LTS). Can you post a few tools that work across different operating systems?

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2020, Feb, 20

I think there is no USB creation tool like WinToUSB for linux . you have to use windows xp or 7 or etc on virtual machine and then run WinToUSB.

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2020, May, 20

You can always use wine!

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John Smith

2020, May, 20

Most linux distros offer a live cd version, so not much need to create your custom live cd. go to your favourite distro's website, and look for an installer + live cd version of their isos. you can then write the iso to usb drive using rufus, or any other preferred usb installer software