On many occasions, both for professional and more personal reasons, we have to work in various teams in addition to our own. This is usually a nuisance, although of course, we have no other option, so we can try to make things easier for ourselves, especially if most of the time we find Windows.
This is usually the most common when having to work on multiple teams. The main reason for this is that Windows 10 is the most widely used operating system on desktops, worldwide. We say this because it will almost always be a hassle to have to get used to a new organization of the operating system, applications, settings, etc. Not to mention when a friend asks us for help with his PC, for example, we don’t even know what we are going to find.
Therefore, in the event that we are forced to work normally with other people’s computers, we will look for solutions to smooth it out. And it is that surely many of you have already seen firsthand how annoying it is to have to always install and uninstall the same programs. Not to mention what it means to carry out a clean installation of the Windows operating system itself on a new computer. Not to mention that each one has its own settings and modes of operation.
Advantages of carrying a USB with our own Windows 10
At that point, one of the first things we usually do is adapt the equipment and the system so that it works to our liking and needs. Of course, all of this also takes precious time, and is more of a hassle. Due to all this, in these same lines we are going to propose an interesting alternative to solve it. We say this because there is an interesting alternative for it, which is nothing more than carrying our own version of Windows around in your pocket.
By this we actually mean having a version of Windows 10 ready to run on any computer at all times. In addition, this includes all the programs that we normally use already installed and configured to our liking and needs. To give you an idea, what we propose here is to configure our own USB memory drive with a custom Windows 10. Thus, this we can always carry it with us and use it in any equipment where we need it.
For all this we are going to make use of the so-called Windows To Go of the Enterprise or Education versions, a version of the system designed to run on a portable device. By this we mean a USB memory flash drive, for example. At the same time here we can install applications and work with files stored on the same drive. The first thing we need for all this is to have a 16 gigabyte or 32 gigabyte USB memory, the bigger the better. This will allow us to save a greater number of applications in addition to the operating system.
Although there are certified memories for Windows To Go, in any other it will work in the same way but perhaps a little slower. For example, this is something that we will notice in an important way at startup. That is why, in addition to the capacity mentioned, we recommend using a USB 3.0 memory . At the same time, in addition to the support as such, we will need an ISO file with the installation files of Windows 10 in its Enterprise or Education version, which are compatible with this that we are commenting on.
How to create a bootable USB stick
Therefore, once we have the commented elements, we will need that USB memory with the Windows 10 ISO to be bootable. For this we can use the application called Rufus that we can download from here.
What we do here is configure the USB key to act as a boot device on any PC. On the other hand, another program that we will also have to use is GImageX that we download from here. It is worth mentioning that this is an application that will help us to place the Windows installation files in the memory with which we are dealing.
At this point, the first thing we do is connect the USB to the PC and configure it as bootable with Rufus. Therefore, from that moment on, an operating system can be stored inside it and launched when the PC starts up. To say that for this, it is enough that we select the unit as such in the program window and specify the file system, type of partition, and click on Start.
Therefore, once the USB is bootable, at that point it is ready for the installation of Windows To Go. Thus, when connecting to include Windows in the removable drive, we mount the corresponding ISO downloaded earlier.
Mount Windows 10 ISO to Bootable USB
Also, in order to mount the ISO file on the drive that we just made bootable, we can do it from the system itself. To do this simply we open the context menu of the file itself by clicking the right button of the mouse on it. Here we are going to find a menu option that allows mounting the unit, precisely called Mount.
Once this is done, we start the GImageX application that we referred to earlier. This is a program that presents a user interface that allows us to complete the installation on the non-certified USB memory. This is something that we achieve just by going to the Apply tab of the application and clicking the Browse button. Next we have to locate the Sources folder of the mounted ISO file and select the install.wim file.
Once the process itself begins, the wait can be long until it is complete. It must be taken into account that in old equipment this can last a few hours, depending on the type of unit or port. Once the installation is finished from here, from then on we will be able to use Windows To Go on any computer that allows booting from external devices. As we told you before, this will allow us to carry our own bootable Windows 10 in our pocket at all times.