Have you ever thought about taking your Windows with you without lugging your laptop will be possible? Yes, it is possible! With flash technology such as HDMI devices and USB drives, you can keep your Windows in your pocket and use it wherever you go. In this post, we have listed how we can take Windows everywhere you go.
But first, let’s know why you need Portable Windows.
As the name says, portable, it makes it easy to carry it everywhere you go, especially when you are travelling via flight, where extra weight could cost you. If you have your Windows with you then you just need a screen keyboard and mouse to stay productive.
In this post, we will talk about various ways to run portable versions of Windows.
Method 1: Windows to Go Feature
Windows to Go feature helps you to write a copy of your Windows to a USB stick. Then you can insert the USB drive to any computer and use it as a primary boot device. One of the biggest advantages of using Windows to Go is that it saves the current state of your Windows so if you are working on something, you can pick up where you left off.
This feature works with Windows 10 Education and Windows 10 Enterprise. However, if you have Windows 10 Pro or Home, then this will not work for you.
Method 2: Continuum for Windows 10 Mobile
If you want to switch from Windows 10 mobile device, but don’t want to mount the OS to USB flash drive, then Continuum feature will work for you. Nokia Lumia 950 comes with Continuum feature, enabling Windows 10 PC.
Continuum is a system which changes the output of phone’s display, as per the device it is connected to. You get two options, you can use it as a phone or a display. Connect a keyboard and mouse using Bluetooth and a phone to a wireless HDMI device.
As you get connected, your Windows Phone becomes PC. You get Windows desktop default screen and you can access all apps and data. Best thing is that you can use the phone to take calls.
Method 3: EaseUs ToDo Backup
If you have Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10 Home, then to make your Windows portable, you need a Backup utility like EaseUs. This can work as an alternative to the Windows To Go feature.
EaseUs ToDo Backup is a backup software which happens to have a functionality to create a bootable OS on USB. It enables you to create a clone of current Windows installation. All you need is a USB device with enough space.
The tool works with all the versions of Windows, be it 10, 7 or 8. A free version of the tool can help you create a portable Windows drive. To make a portable device, follow these steps:
- Connect your USB drive to your computer.
- Now launch EaseUS ToDo Backup.
- Locate System Clone and choose your USB device on which you want to mount Windows. Before that make sure it has enough space.
- Click on Advanced Options. Locate Create a Portable Windows USB drive and put a checkmark beside it.
- Click OK
The clone will be created and mounted to your USB drive. Once the process is completed. Remove the drive safely and it is done!
Method 4: Intel Compute Stick and Clones
instead of making a portable PC on a USB drive, you can buy one. Since 2015, Intel has been manufacturing Compute sticks, small sticks just as Google Chromecast or Amazon Fire Stick but with a Windows full version preinstalled.
To use the stick, you need to attach it to your display’s HDMI port, and with Bluetooth keyboard and mouse connected, you are game.
Intel Compute Stick can also be used as a USB drive, it will help you store data you have created, also can be accessed later. There are other devices in the market which could be utilised in the same manner.
Being able to access your computer conveniently anytime could enhance your productivity. However, it is not always possible to have the whole hardware with you so Windows 10 in your pocket, you can pick up where you left off. So, use any of the above methods without the hassle of packing everything once you have completed the work.