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Can I Put Windows 10 On An External Drive?

Monday, March 21st, 2016 by | Filed Under: Quick Tips, Windows 10
 
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Cheri has a question about her Windows 10 installation files.  “I downloaded win 10 but I don’t want to install it, just put it to external hard drive. Where are the files so I can remove them from my PC and put them to external.I’m running 7 and don’t want to overwrite it with 10. I just want the download.”

Cheri, you could move those files to an external drive I suppose, but there’s really no purpose to having them if you don’t want to upgrade.  All those files are useful for is upgrading your Windows 7 device to Windows 10. You can’t run them as a separate operating system from an external drive.

You can find the files on your PC under the C drive > Windows.

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Go To Software Distribution.

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The files are in the download folder.

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But it won’t do you one bit of good to move it to an external drive.  If you don’t want them on there, just delete them.

~ Cynthia

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2 Responses to “Can I Put Windows 10 On An External Drive?”

  1. Ken Branscome says:

    I have a similar problem. Several of the programs I run on Windows 7 will not run on Windows 10. I wanted to learn windows 10 so I bought an Intel Compute stick with windows 10 and it works great.

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