I am currently on a long trip with limited access to hardware support or supplies. My wife and I are both working on separate laptops, but the hard drive on her laptop has stopped working. I have some tools at my disposal, including an external hard drive, USB thumb drive, and my own working laptop. However, I need to use my laptop and cannot lend it to my wife. She only needs a functional machine for basic word processing on a single document.

Therefore, I am wondering if it is possible to create a bootable copy of Windows on a USB stick that can run without a working hard drive. The goal is to enable my wife to use her laptop as a word processor until we can either service the machine or replace it. We have options for word processing software such as MS Word, LibreOffice, or Google Docs if we can get a browser window working. Ultimately, we just need to find a way to boot the machine without relying on a hard drive.

Askify Moderator Edited question April 24, 2023