By Jessie / Last update November 2, 2022

User Case

“Here's a question. I want to know how to create a Windows 10 live USB. I Would like to run Windows 10 on my computer so that I can use my system whenever and wherever I need it. Any help is appreciated!”

Creating a live USB allows users to carry their operating system with them. Therefore, the user can operate the system normally on this bootable USB drive and can make changes to the bootable operating system. This article will give you a detailed introduction about how to create a Windows 10 live USB and run it easily, please read on.

What is Live USB?

A live USB is a bootable USB flash drive or external hard disk drive that contains a full operating system. They're the next evolutionary step after live CDs, but they have the extra benefit of writable storage, allowing changes to the booted operating system. Live USB can be used in embedded systems for system administration, data recovery, or test driving, and can persistently save settings and install software packages on the USB device.

Windows 10 Live USB

Why create Windows 10 Live USB?

Sometimes, Windows systems may stop working for various reasons. So the computer will fail to boot and the data will become inaccessible.

  • Convenient to carry: With a live USB, you can run your operating system whenever you want without carrying the computer all the time.
  • Use it anytime: If you have a live USB, you will be able to use your system with another computer normally.
  • Save disk space: Install large programs on a live USB so that they can save internal disc space.

How to Create Windows 10 Live USB

This article will introduce you 2 ways to create Windows 10 live USB. One is to use the software WinToUSB, the other method is to use a professional disk cloning software AOMEI Backupper.

Method 1. Create Windows 10 Live USB with WinToUSB

You need to download a build-in tool - Media Creation Tool to create ISO files to the USB first, then use WinToUSB to create a live USB. You can follow the tutorials below:

Notes: The free version of the program only supports Windows 10 and lower versions.

Create a Bootable USB Installer for Windows 10

Step 1. Click the Download tool now button on the Download Windows 10 website page and then double-click the downloaded MediaCreationTool.exe file to install the program.

Download Tool Now

Step 2. Open the program, when you enter this page below, click the Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC and click Next.

Create Installation Media

Step 3. Set your preferred Language Architecture and Edition. Then click Next.

Select Language

Note:

To make changes, clear the checkbox Use the recommended options for this PC. 

Step 4. On the Choose which media to use page, click ISO file. Then click Next.

Click ISO File

Step 5. Choose a location to store the Windows.iso file and click Save.

Choose Location

Create Windows 10 Live USB with WinToUSB

Step 1. Download the WinToUSB software, install and launch it.

Download Wintousb

Step 2. Connect a blank USB drive to your computer. Select the ISO file you created and the version of Windows 10. Then click Next.

Select Windows 10 Version

Step 3. Select the USB drive from the drop-down menu. When you see a pop-up window, click "MBR for BIOS" and then click "Yes" to continue.

Step 4. Click the Legacy option. Then click Next and your Windows 10 USB drive will be created.

Click Legacy

Step 5. Once it reaches 100%, you can unplug the USB.

Install Successfully

Method 2. Create Windows 10 Live USB with AOMEI Backupper

If you think the first method is a little bit complicated to operate, you can use AOMEI Backupper Professional. It is a reliable disk cloning software that helps you to clone a disk containing system files, installed software, stored data, drives and so on to an external USB hard drive. Therefore, you can use any software you wants and access all the data at any time. After cloning, you can boot your system directly from the USB successfully. During the process, you only need to use one software and the steps are very easy.

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper Professional, install and launch it, click Clone > Disk Clone.

Download Demo Win 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
Secure Download

Choose Disk Clone

Tip:

Professional edition supports cloning both data disks and systems disks from MBR to MBR/MBR to GPT, or GPT to  GPT/GPT to MBR. If you only want to clone data disks, you can pick the complete free Standard edition.

Step 2. Select the original hard disk as the source disk. Then, click Next.

Choose Source Disk 2

Step 3. Choose the USB external hard drive as the destination disk. Then, click Next.

Choose Destination Unallocated HDD

Step 4. Confirm your operations and click Start Clone.

Disk Clone Preview Align SSD Checked

Notes:

  • Edit Partitions can help you resize the disk, when the target disk is larger than the source disk.
  • SSD Alignment can make the drive faster to read and write. If you use the SSD, you can tick the box.
  • The feature Sector By Sector Clone will clone all sectors on your disk, whether it is used or not.

How to Run Windows 10 from USB

Once you have got a bootable USB, then you can follow the steps below to run Windows 10 from USB.

Step 1. Insert the bootable USB and ensure it can be organized by the computer.

Step 2. Press the key (F2, DEL, F10...) to enter BIOS Settings.

Step 3. Change the boot order and select USB drive as the first boot drive.

Bios

Step 4. After the computer restarts successfully, you can use the operating system from the USB as normal.

Summary

I consider you have mastered how to create Windows 10 live USB and run it in two different ways. In fact, the second method is more useful and friendly for most users, because disk clone will clone everything including system, applications, data, etc. And it helps you to achieve a secure boot after cloning. Furthermore, it can clone all the partitions and adjust them by yourself.

In addition, it also supports clone different disk types. If your target disk is not the same as the source disk, you don't need to convert the partition style. For example, you can use it to clone MBR to GPT. Download it now and you can enjoy more features.