Rufus is one of the fastest tools to create bootable USB flash drives and Windows-to-go USB drives. Rufus is free software to use. This software copies the files on a USB drive too fast. Rufus takes very little space on your HDD or SSD (Less than 1 MB). Rufus is a small utility that helps create bootable USB drives without issues.
The best thing about software is that this is the fastest tool over the Internet for creating bootable flash drives. Rufus can create a bootable USB flash drive for Windows XP(SP2), Server 2003 R2, Vista, Win 7, Win 8/8.1, and Windows 10. You can also create a bootable USB flash drive of Knoppix, Kubuntu, OpenSUSE, Arch Linux, Hiren’s Boot CD, NT Password Registry editor, Parted Magic, CentOS, Fedora, and other Linux distributions.
You can also create a Bootable USB drive with a Command prompt, but this is not easy for a new user. This process is also a time taking approach.
How to Create a Bootable USB Drive using Rufus?
Step 1. Connect a USB flash drive (at least 8GB space) to create a bootable USB Flash Drive.
Step 2. Download the latest version of Rufus software from its official website.
Step 3. After that run, the setup files from any version of Windows.
Step 4. Then click the Yes button to launch it when UAC(User Account Control) appears.
Step 5. Rufus will automatically detect the USB flash drive connected to that system.
Step 6. Select the “Disk or ISO image” (check select) option under the Boot selection drop-down.
Step 7. Now click on the
Step 8. After that, select the bootable ISO file. This application will automatically detect the Windows version from the ISO file.
Step 9. Select Standard Windows installation because we will create a bootable USB flash drive of the Windows 10 operating system under the Image Option.
Step 10. The Rufus will automatically detect BIOS’s partition scheme (MBR or GPT). If it cannot read the partition on your PC, manually select the MBR partition scheme, which is helpful for BIOS and UEFI computers or select the GPT partition scheme supported for UEFI computers.
Step 11. The next is Volume Label; leave it as it is or change it to something rememberable.
Step 12. The file system is the next option. Now you need to select NTFS and FAT32 file systems. For faster installation, choose NTFS, as it takes less time than the FAT32 file system.
Step 13. Then click on the Start button with the above steps when ready.
Step 14. When the Start button is pressed, it will confirm that it “will destroy all data on the device.” So check if there is any critical data on the USB, then save it somewhere else because it will erase all data on the USB for a fresh installation; if there is no data stored on that drive, press OK to continue.
Step 15. Finally, Rufus will erase all the USB flash drive data and install new data.
How to Create a “Windows To Go” USB drive using Rufus?
To create a Windows To Go USB drive, in Step 9, under the Image option, select Windows To Go in place of Windows Standard Installation because we will create a Windows To Go USB flash drive for Windows PC. After that, the process is the same as mentioned in this post.
After the process is complete, you can check the USB drive for compatibility with Windows.
Download Rufus’ application from here.
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