How to Install and Run Windows on a USB Drive with WinToUSB 7.8

WinToUSB is a free software that allows you to create a portable Windows operating system on a USB drive, using an ISO image or a CD/DVD drive as the source of installation. You can also clone your existing Windows installation to a USB drive and use it on any computer. WinToUSB 7.8 is the latest version of the software, which supports Windows 11 and Windows 10 21H1, as well as encryption and VHD/VHDX-based Windows To Go workspaces.

In this article, we will show you how to use WinToUSB 7.8 to create a Windows To Go USB drive from an ISO file or a CD/DVD drive, and how to clone your current Windows installation to a USB drive. We will also explain some of the features and limitations of WinToUSB 7.8, and provide some tips for using your portable Windows drive.

What You Need

  • A computer running Windows 10/8/7 or Windows Server 2019/2016/2012/2010.
  • A USB drive with at least 16 GB of free space (for Windows 10/8) or 32 GB of free space (for Windows 11). It is recommended to use a USB hard disk, a Windows To Go certified drive, or a SanDisk Extreme CZ80 USB 3.0 flash drive for better performance and compatibility.
  • An ISO file or a CD/DVD drive containing the Windows installation files. You can download the ISO file from Microsoft’s website or create one from your own CD/DVD.
  • The WinToUSB 7.8 software, which you can download from here. The file name is WinToUSB.7.8.All.rar, which contains the setup file and the crack file.

How to Create a Windows To Go USB Drive from an ISO File or a CD/DVD Drive

  1. Extract the WinToUSB.7.8.All.rar file and run the setup file to install WinToUSB on your computer.
  2. Run WinToUSB as an administrator and select the “Windows To Go Creator” option from the main interface.
  3. Select the ISO file or the CD/DVD drive as the source of installation and click “Next”.
  4. Select the USB drive as the destination disk and click “Next”. If your USB drive is not formatted, you will be prompted to format it first.
  5. Select the partition scheme (MBR for BIOS or GPT for UEFI) and the system partition size (at least 12 GB) and click “Next”.
  6. Select the boot partition size (at least 100 MB) and click “Next”.
  7. Wait for the process to complete. It may take some time depending on the speed of your USB drive and your computer.
  8. When the process is finished, you can click “Finish” to exit WinToUSB or click “Restart Now” to reboot your computer and test your portable Windows drive.

How to Clone Your Current Windows Installation to a USB Drive

  1. Extract the WinToUSB.7.8.All.rar file and run the setup file to install WinToUSB on your computer.
  2. Run WinToUSB as an administrator and select the “Windows To Go Creator” option from the main interface.
  3. Select “Clone current Windows OS” as the source of installation and click “Next”.
  4. Select the USB drive as the destination disk and click “Next”. If your USB drive is not formatted, you will be prompted to format it first.
  5. Select the partition scheme (MBR for BIOS or GPT for UEFI) and click “Next”.
  6. Wait for the process to complete. It may take some time depending on the size of your Windows installation and your computer.
  7. When the process is finished, you can click “Finish”