Easily Run Windows 11 from USB on VHDx

Easily Run Windows 11 from USB, fully contained inside a Virtual Hard Disk (VHDx) image file. The following process enables you to take a full installation of Windows 11 with you on a pen drive.

The resulting USB install bypasses Microsoft Windows TPM, CPU, RAM, and storage requirements, so it should be bootable from most modern computers even if they don’t meet those minimum requirements. The entire installation is stored within a dynamic .vhdx image file stored on an exFAT formatted USB device. This enables you to also store and boot other distributions and system tools while continuing to use your removable drive for traditional storage purposes.

How to Run Windows 11 from USB

Here we will be using a streamlined and optimized build of Windows 11 offered by Phoenix LiteOS. We will be using YUMI exFAT to automate the VHD file creation and Windows installation processes.

  1. First, download the YUMI exFAT Multiboot USB Creator.
  2. Step 1: select your USB flash drive from the list, and prepare the drive.
    Step 2: Select Phoenix LiteOS from the distribution drop list (download the ISO).
    Step 3: Browse to and select your downloaded Phoenix LiteOS Windows 11 based ISO file.
    put Win 11 on USB using YUMI exFAT
  3. Click Create.
  4. Once finished reboot your PC, set your System boot menu to boot from the USB device.
  5. From the YUMI menu, navigate to the Windows On VHD option.
    Windows On VHD menu option
    Next, select your Phoenix LiteOS Windows 11 vhdx file.
    Phoenix LiteOS Windows 11 Pro
  6. If all goes well, your computer should now be preparing Windows for its first boot from the applied image. This can take some time, and some versions will restart once or twice before finally booting into Windows 11. When this happens, you’ll be dropped back to the boot menu, so be prepared to select and boot from the file a couple of times.

Windows 11 running on USB from a VHDx image

The screenshot below shows Phoenix LiteOS Windows 11 Pro Plus running entirely from a self contained dynamically expandable VHD Image file on the YUMI exFAT formatted USB.

Run Windows 11 from USB
And that’s How to Install Windows 11 on VHDx (Dynamic Virtual Hard Disk) which can be stored and run entirely from a USB device.