How to Create Windows To Go Bootable USB drive with AOMEI Partition Assistant

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Microsoft has released a new feature called Windows To Go in the Enterprise Edition of Windows 8 and 8.1. Users can deploy their own work environment at any computer with this feature. However, if you are not a user of Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise Edition, how can you boot Windows 8/8.1 from a certified USB flash drive? Don’t worry, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard can help you.

AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is a free software that help users to resize, merge, copy, wipe partitions, migrate OS to SSD, convert NTFS to FAT32, create a Windows 8/8.1 To Go Bootable USB Drive and so on.

New added features below about AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard 5.6.4:

  • Fixed bug: display text message in Windows 10.
  • Add new language: Dutch, Turkish, and Chinese Traditional.
  • Convert system disk between MBR and GPT styles.
  • Windows To Go Creator, installing Windows 8 to removable flash drive.
  • Migrate system to SSD and support MBR and GPT disk.
  • Create Windows PE bootable media without having to install AIK/WAIK.
  • Completely support hard disk with 4096 bytes sector size.
  • Fully compatible with Windows 8.1.

Let’s go to download this software to use it now:


How to Create a Windows 8/8.1 To Go Bootable USB Drive?

Step 1:

Prepare a 13 GB or larger USB drive and a Windows 8 installation disc, ISO file, or ESD file. Then Plug your USB drive into a USB port on the computer. Make sure that it is detected by your machine.

Step 2:

Download, install, and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard.  The program will automatically identify your USB dive and then show it as disk2(As shown below), click “Windows To Go Creator” feature on the left side.

AOMEI Partition Assistant  windows to go creator feature

Step 3:

In the next window, you need to click “Browse” to select Windows 8 installation file (named install.wim or install.esd) which locates under \sources folder. If the program doesn’t detect it automatically, please click “Browse” to select manually. After that, click “OK” to continue.

windows to go creator




windows to go creator  windows 8 installation

Step 4:

Click “Proceed”. The program will delete all data on this USB drive and format it. If there are some important data on it, it will suggest you to use AOMEI Backupper to back them up first. Click “Yes”, the program will create Windows 8 bootable USB drive.

format usb drive


windows 8 to go

When the program is completed, you can plug the Windows 8 bootable USB drive into any computer with any operating system at anywhere, enter BIOS setting, and change the firmware boot order to USB and save. You will boot into Windows 8.



AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard will help you create a bootable USB drive and allow you to boot windows 8/8.1 from this USB drive. AOMEI Technology will release a new version in this month.


The new version of AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard will allow you to create a Windows 10 To Go Bootable USB drive, there is no doubt that AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is the partition magic for Windows 10, try it today!