Windows To Go or how to take your Windows 10 anywhere in a pocket

Windows To Go is an interesting feature of mobile productivity, which allows you to install, transport and run a user’s entire desktop in an external storage unit.

To understand us, a “Windows to carry” that was first introduced in the Enterprise version of Windows 8.1, but that has been extended with the arrival of Windows 10 beyond the version for companies, including it in client versions for professional edition.

Windows To Go is not intended to replace desktops or laptops, or impersonate other mobility offerings, but allows professionals and advanced users to use resources effectively in alternative work area scenarios.

How to create Windows To Go

Microsoft offers certified storage units specific to this function, offering pen drives of 32, 64, 128 and 256 Gbytes of storage capacity from manufacturers such as Imation, Kingston, SPYRUS, Super Talent, as well as Western Digital, which offers the hard drive External WD My Passport Enterprise.

However, Windows To Go drives can also be created with hardware not certified by Microsoft. For this, Windows 10 Pro has an assistant available in the control panel of the system that works with any pen drive or USB external unit with at least 16 Gbytes of available storage capacity.

As for the software, you can use a Windows installation disc or, an ISO image of the system that you can download from the Microsoft page dedicated to Windows 10, as follows:

Access the Microsoft web portal for Windows 10 and download the tool to install the system.

  • Run the downloaded file called “MediaCreationTool”.
  • Select “create installation media for another PC”.
  • Select language, Windows edition, and architecture, in this case, Windows 10 Pro 64 bits.
  • Choose the ISO file as a means to use and download the system image.

Create using Rufus

  1. Download Rufus from its official website (it’s free) and install it.
  2. Select the pen drive to be used and the path of the downloaded ISO image.
  3. In format options, select the Windows To Go option to prevent the application from creating a standard USB boot drive for installations.

A portable Windows that we can take anywhere, connect it to a USB port, start it on computers once the pen drive is highlighted as the first boot device in the BIOS / UEFI and get a full Windows 10 desktop.

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