WinToUSB Alternatives

    WinToUSB is described as 'free software that allows you to install and run Windows operating system on a USB hard drive or USB flash drive, using an ISO image or CD/DVD drive as the source of installation' and is an app in the OS & Utilities category. There are five alternatives to WinToUSB for Windows and The best alternative is Rufus, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like WinToUSB are WinToFlash (Freemium), BartPE (Free), LiveSystem pro (Free) and AnyWinGo (Freemium).

    This page was last updated Jan 16, 2021

    1. Rufus is a utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc.
      Rufus vs WinToUSB opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Rufus is still a legitimate alternative to WinToUSB, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      It will merely copy the contents of the ISO onto the USB and make it bootable, without installing it like WinToUSB does.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      idlesHand Rufus writes images etc to disks while wintousb can create a live windows usb. So plug it in, boot from the usb and have a full windows system run from the usb.
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

    2. WinToFlash starts a wizard that will help to make USB bootable and pull over the contents of a windows installation CD or DVD and prep the USB drive to become a replacement for the optical drive. It can also do this with your LiveCD or DOS.
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      This alternative is disputed. WinToFlash is still a legitimate alternative to WinToUSB, but it might have issues that some users think are important.

    3. Barts PE Builder helps you build a BartPE (Bart Preinstalled Environment) bootable Windows CD-Rom or DVD from the original Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 installation/setup CD, very suitable for PC maintenance tasks.


      The project has been removed from the posted site. Last version, 3.1.10a, released on February 17, 2006, can be still downloaded from Wayback Machine

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    4. LiveSystem pro is a proprietary freeware which provides the possibility to create a rescue system based on MS-Windows in an uncomplicated way.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Windows
      AnyWinGo is a professional and easy-to-use utility that enables you to migrate OS to a new USB drive or external hard drive along with all its configuration, which means you can carry and run your Windows OS anytime and anywhere.
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