WinToUSB is a free software that allows you to create and run a portable Windows operating system on an external hard drive, USB flash drive or Thunderbolt drive. With WinToUSB, you can install Windows 11/10/8/7 or Windows Server on a USB drive and use it on any computer, including Macs. In this article, we will show you how to download and run WinToUSB on Mac.
What is WinToUSB
WinToUSB (also called Windows To USB) is the best free Windows To Go (WTG) Creator which allows you to install and run a fully-functional Windows on external hard drive, USB flash drive or Thunderbolt drive[^1^] [^2^]. It is so easy and efficient, with just 3 steps and a few minutes, you can create your first portable Windows 11/10/8/7 or Windows Server directly from an ISO, WIM, ESD, SWM, VHD, VHDX file or CD/DVD drive, or you can clone existing Windows installation to USB or Thunderbolt drive as portable Windows[^2^]. WinToUSB also supports creating Windows installation USB flash drive from Windows 11/10/8/7 and Windows Server installation ISO, with it you can install Windows from the USB flash drive easily[^2^].
Why use WinToUSB on Mac
There are many reasons why you might want to use WinToUSB on Mac. For example:
You want to try out Windows 11/10/8/7 or Windows Server without installing it on your Mac.
You want to have a backup Windows system that you can use in case of emergency.
You want to access some Windows-only applications or games that are not compatible with Mac.
You want to have more flexibility and security when using Windows on different computers.
With WinToUSB, you can create and run a portable Windows system on a USB drive that you can carry with you and use on any Mac computer. You don't need to partition your Mac hard drive or install Boot Camp. You can also encrypt your portable Windows with BitLocker to keep your data safe[^2^].
How to download WinToUSB
To download WinToUSB, you need to visit its official website: https://www.easyuefi.com/wintousb/. There you can find the latest version of WinToUSB and its features comparison. You can choose the free edition or the professional edition according to your needs. The free edition has some limitations, such as it only supports creating Windows 10/8.1/8/7 Home edition as portable Windows[^2^]. The professional edition has more features and supports creating any edition of Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7 and Windows Server as portable Windows[^2^]. You can also upgrade from the free edition to the professional edition by paying $29.95 for 2 PCs[^2^].
How to run WinToUSB on Mac
To run WinToUSB on Mac, you need to follow these steps:
Download the Windows ISO file from Microsoft or other sources. You can use WinToUSB's built-in feature to download official Windows ISO file from Microsoft[^2^].
Connect a USB drive or Thunderbolt drive to your Mac computer. The USB drive should have at least 16 GB of free space and be formatted as FAT32 or NTFS[^3^]. If you have only the USB-C interface on your Mac computer, you will need to use the USB-C to USB Adapter to connect the USB device to your Mac computer[^3^].
Run WinToUSB on another Windows computer. You can use a friend's PC or a virtual machine. Launch WinToUSB and select the \"Windows To Go Creator\" feature from the main interface[^3^].
Select the Windows ISO file and the USB drive as the source and destination respectively. Choose the partition scheme (MBR for BIOS or GPT for UEFI) and click \"Next\" to start creating portable Windows[^3^].