You are using Windows 10 on your own computer, but now you are using another device with an older operating system. However, if you want to use the newer version, you can create and use a USB drive that runs Windows 10 directly.
You need a USB flash drive with at least 16 GB of free space, but preferably 32 GB. You also need a license to activate Windows 10 on the USB drive. That means you have to buy one or use an existing one that is associated with your digital ID. You can then use a Windows USB utility to set up the USB drive with Windows 10. When you are finished, you can start the drive to start Windows 10.
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Microsoft offers its own tool called Windows to Go that can generate a bootable Windows USB drive. However, that program only works with the Enterprise and Education versions of Windows 10 and requires a certified Windows to Go disk. A better (and free) option is a utility called WinToUSB, which can create a bootable disk from any version of the operating system and on any type of USB drive.
Running Windows 10 from a USB disk
First sign in your current Windows 10 computer to create a Windows 10 ISO file that is used to install Windows 10 on the USB disk.
To do this, go to the Download Windows 10 website . This site offers the latest edition of Windows 10, currently the Windows 10 October 2018 update or Windows 10 version 1809. Click the Download tool button now. Then double-click the downloaded MediaCreationTool.exe file to install the tool.
On the first screen for "Applicable notices and license terms," click the Access button. Then click on the "Create installation media for another PC" option and click on Next. On the "Select language, architecture, and edition" screen, confirm that all options are correct, and then click Next.
You must then choose which media you want to use. Click on ISO file, given the option between a USB stick and an ISO file. Then click Next.
Choose a location on your hard drive to save the Windows.iso file. Click Save. Windows 10 generates the required ISO file. When the process is complete, click Finish.
Running WinToUSB (with reservations)
Next, it is time to seek the help of WinToUSB . This program is effective and user-friendly, but has one major disadvantage.
The free version does not support the current version of Windows 10 – specifically the Windows 10 October 2018 update or Windows 10 version 1809. And Microsoft no longer offers older ISO 10 files from Windows 10 while downloading. If you want to make a USB copy of Windows 10 version 1809 with WinToUSB, you have to pay $ 29.95 for the Professional version.
However, there is a trick that lets you update an ISO file from Windows 10 April 2018 or Windows 10 version 1803, which you can use with the free version of WinToUSB. (Kudos to technology writer Mauro Huculak for revealing this option in an article on Pureinfotech.com .) This is how it works.
Open Microsoft Edge on your current Windows 10 computer. Copy and paste the following URL into the address bar: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO .
Yes, that takes you to the Microsoft Download Windows 10 website. But wait, there is more. Right-click on the page and select " Inspect element " to open the page code.
In the right pane, click the down arrow in the top menu bar and select the emulation option.
In the Mode section, open the User string drop-down menu and change the entry in Apple Safari (iPad).
The page in the left pane is automatically refreshed. If not, refresh it manually. Click the Select Edition drop-down menu and select the option for the Windows 10 April 2018 update. Click Confirm.
Choose your language on the next screen and then click Confirm. On the Downloads page, choose the 32-bit or 64-bit version of the Windows 10 April 2018 update, and then click Save to download the file. After the file is downloaded, change the User Agent range in Edge from Apple Safari (iPad) back to Microsoft Edge (default). Close the right pane by clicking on the X.
Create the USB drive
Now let's go to WinToUSB to create the USB drive. Download and install the WinToUSB software from on the special website . You can start with the free version and then decide whether you want to upgrade to the professional version of $ 29.95 to get more functions or use the software with the update of Windows 10 October 2018.
Then connect a blank USB stick or stick to your computer. Start WinToUSB via the Start menu shortcut. In the introductory screen, click the button to the right of the Image file field and choose your ISO file for the update of Windows 10 April 2018. Then select the version of Windows 10 that you want to clone on the USB stick. Click on Next.
In the next screen you must determine your target disk. Open the drop-down menu and choose your USB drive. A message appears asking you to select a partition scheme. Click on the "MBR for BIOS" option and then click on Yes.
Click on the Legacy option in the next screen to choose the installation mode. Click next. Your Windows 10 USB stick is now being created.
When the installation process reaches 100 percent, indicating that it is finished, close the WinToUSB program and remove the USB drive.
Start Windows 10 on another computer
If you want to start Windows 10 on another computer, insert your USB drive to that PC and choose the option to boot from the USB drive.
The first time you run Windows 10 from the USB drive, you need the familiar Windows go through the installation process. You must also activate Windows 10 . You can then install apps on the USB drive and access files or documents stored online, bringing the experience close to working on one of your own Windows 10 PCs.
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