How to run Windows 10 from a Live USB?

Well, many a times you need to use someone else’s computer to have some work done. But to be honest, it is not always a pleasant experience to have to sit down and do your business in someone else’s laptop or PC.

Why I say this ?

The answer is quite obvious, just let us assume for once that you are a Windows 7 user. You have been using the Windows 7 Operating System for quite some time now. You have sort of adopted and made yourself comfortable around the Windows 7 OS environment. But, now when you have to go to a friend’s place or some place where you need to take care of a business and suddenly you need to finish off some important work over a PC. Then while using someone else’s machine you might not find yourself in a certain happy and pleasant spot. Because, obviously the other person might or might not have the same Operating System you have been so comfortable with. Although, you have to make the compromise of working on this different OS to finsih off your work. The experience is not very soothing. That is just how the human nature works. We do not like abrupt changes.

Hence, today I have come up with a solution to all this. You don’t need to make such compromises again in the future. All you need is a USB stick and a few steps to follow in order to take your Operating System where ever you go.

I will guide you through the steps needed to make a LIVE bootable Windows 10 pendrive, with the help of which you can easily run Windows 10 OS on any PC or laptop.

The reason I took Windows 10 today, as it has been in the market for quite a while and there are many users using the Windows 10 OS. And, thus I thought it would be a better option to present a tutorial on creating a Windows 10 LIVE bootable perndrive guide. But, you can feel free to try on the other versions of Windows OS. The procedures are quite the same as we are going to show you here. You just need to download the different version of Windows OS according to your convenience.


Pros and Cons of a LIVE OS

Well before we jump into the tutorial let us take a moment to go through the advantages and disadvantages of using a LIVE OS. Just, so you can be aware of the limitations that come with a LIVE OS and the required measures to take to deal with these limitations.



  • Portability : Live Operating Systems are portable in nature and you can carry it any where you go. As long as you have your USB stick carrying your Live OS and any PC or laptop to run it on.
  • No partitioning headaches : Well most of the time when you are installing your first OS on your machine the biggest headache is how you would partition your drives and space. This headache for newbies is however not there while you have a LIVE OS.
  • Testing new OS : Since there is no risk of screwing up your present PC or laptop when you run an OS from a live USB. It is very easy for trying and testing out new OS.




  • Limited Disk Space : Since you are running your OS from a USB stick. It is quite obvious the amount of disk space is limited by the size of the USB device you are working with. The more the size of the USB the more disk space you have.
  • Slower Processing : When you run an OS from a USB. Then the processing speed is quite slower than that when you run it from your PC’s hard disk.
  • Software Support : Well not all softwares will run smoothly while working on a live OS. Many a times you might have to compromise on certain softwares.
  • Data Storage : This is the most important con that might come with a Live OS. When you are saving some information or making some changes in a Live OS. It might not get saved. But, you can deal with this by making a persistence Live OS. You can then save and make any changes which will stay permanent.

Steps on how to make a LIVE Windows bootable pendrive

  1. You can download Windows 10 from the site Windows matter.
Windows matter.
  1. Then go to the Windows PEs drop down menu and choose your desired Windows OS according to the x64 or x86 versions of your machine and download your desired version.

    desired version
  2. Then go and download the application Rufus. You can go for a protable version or an installed version. But, I would recommend you go for the portable version just to make life more easier.

  3. Then Plug in your USB flash Drive into your machine.
  4. Click and run the Rufus application.

    Rufus application
  5. Now, under the Device menu choose the Device or USB stick you want to install the OS.
  6. Under Partionin It is advised you leave it as it is. But, you can also change it according to your desire.
  7. Under File sytem change it to NTFS.
  8. Now, click on the ISO image and browse for the downloaded OS version.

    Rufus 2.2.668
  9. Then click on the Start button and let the installation take place.
  10. After the Installation is complete close the the Rufus application  and restart your computer.
  11. Your Live Bootable Windows 10 is ready to use.


NOTE : Before you can run Windows 10 Live from a USB stick, you might need to change the BIOS boot sequence of your computer.

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