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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

How to Create a Windows Live USB

  • by Antoniy Yushkevych
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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 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. In order to get a later version of Windows 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.

First Step: Head to their dedicated website and download WinToUSB.

Step 1

Second Step: 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”

Step 2

Third Step: 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”.

step 3

Fourth Step: 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.

step 4

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.