How to Run Windows from USB drive?

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gBurner Pro can install Windows to USB drive, you can then run Windows from the USB drive (also called Windows to GO). With this feature, you can experience a new Windows on the USB drive without affecting the operating system already installed on the computer. To do this, you need prepare a USB drive with the storage capacity of at least 32GB, and a Windows ISO file which can be downloaded from Microsoft website. gBurner Pro supports the following Windows editions, Windows 11, Windows 10, and Windows 8 / 8.1. 

To Run Windows from USB drive, please follow the steps,

Step1: Install Windows to USB drive:

  1. Start gBurner Pro (v5.0 or newer version, download here).

  2. Insert the USB drive on which you want to install Windows.

  3. Click on the "Tools > Install Windows to USB drive" icon in the project list.


  4. A "Install Windows to USB drive" project opens in the project window. If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7 operating system, you need confirm the UAC dialog to continue.


  5. Click "Browse ..." button to select the Windows setup iso file. gBurner Pro will read the ISO file, and list all Windows editions in the file. Please select the desired Windows edition from the list.

    Select the correct USB drive from the destination USB drive list.

    Choose the proper boot method. UEFI is recommended for most of all modern computers. You can also select BIOS if your computer doesn't support UEFI booting. 


    Click "Install" button to install the selected Windows edition to the USB drive.

  6. A warning dialog shows prompting that all data in the USB drive will be destroyed. Please make sure that you have selected the correct USB drive, and backed up all important files in the drive, then click "OK" to continue.


  7. gBurner Pro will start copying all Window files and boot information to the USB drive. It will show detailed information during the process. 


  8. You should receive a message box, "Installing Windows to USB drive completed successfully.", after gBurner Pro finishes the process.


If no errors occurred in the above process, you should now be all set to run Windows from USB drive!


Step 2: Configuring the BIOS to boot from USB drive:

You should now reboot and go into the BIOS configuration to boot from USB. Instructions for doing so wildly from system to system, but generally entail the following:

  1. Reboot the system.

  2. While booting (before Windows starts loading), get into the BIOS configuration screen by hitting something like F1, F2, Delete or Escape. Hotkey instructions are generally provided on the screen.

  3. Go to the section that contains your boot devices.

  4. With your USB drive plugged in, the USB drive should be listed. If it isnít, your system might not support booting from USB. Assuming that it is supported (as is the case with virtually all modern hardware), promote your USB drive to the primary boot device. If you have created the bootable USB drive in BIOS mode, please enable CSM support to boot in BIOS mode.

  5. Exit from the BIOS configuration, saving all changes.


Step 3: Booting and run Windows from USB drive:

Assuming that you properly configured your BIOS and your USB drive supports booting, Windows should now load. Depending on the speed of your USB drive, this may take a while. For the first time you run Windows from the USB drive, you need finish some setup, such as connect to Internet, create account, activate Windows if needed, and so on.

If it isnít working, then double-check the following before making a scene:

  • Is your BIOS properly configured for booting from the USB device? (Is the USB device listed and does it have top priority?)

  • Have you correctly prepared the USB drive in step one? (Restart the procedure and try another boot method.)

  • Does your USB drive properly support being booted from? (Try another one!)

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