Rufus is a tiny Windows application that allows you to quickly and easily create bootable USB drives from ISO images. The file size of the program is just 1.1MB, moreover, it’s portable.
Rather than using easily damaged optical discs, it is advisable to utilize pen drives or thumb drives to store operating system installers, such as Windows or rescue discs. These portable memory sticks are convenient to transport and are particularly beneficial for systems lacking a CD/DVD drive.
Rufus is a standalone application, which means it doesn’t need installation, and you can work with the program straight away.
Just launch the app by double-clicking the thumb drive icon.
To begin using the program, you can easily get started by following these steps: The application will automatically recognize your USB drive. To create a bootable USB drive, simply click on the ‘CD Drive’ icon and select the ISO image. Finally, proceed by clicking the ‘Start’ button.
The program is compatible with various bootable ISOs. Rufus will format the drive and generate a bootable USB installer for Windows or Linux based on the ISO image you have chosen.
The software can handle both MBR and GPT partition schemes suitable for UEFI. You have various file system choices, including FAT32, NTFS, UDF, and exFAT.
With this application, you can modify the cluster size and volume label. Additionally, the program enables you to scan the device for bad blocks and choose the algorithm type.
Despite its small size, Rufus provides everything you need. It can be especially useful for cases where:
- you need to create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, UEFI, etc.)
- you need to work on a system that doesn’t have an OS installed
- you need to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS
- Do you want to run a low-level utility?
To know more details and to download the stable application, visit the developer page.
Update [12/10/2023]: Version 4.3 Beta Released
The Rufus application received an update. Now version 3.20 lets you bypass the requirement of a Microsoft account and install Windows 11 on 22H2. Version 3.20.1926 (currently in beta).
1.Turn on the Windows User Experience settings that apply to Windows 10
2.Keep track of the last choice made in Windows User Experience between sessions.
3.Make it so that local accounts are created automatically and regional options are duplicated.
This only lets you make an account with the same name as the current user and an empty password. After the first reboot, the user will be asked to change the password.
4.Add a fix for ISOs that have a link to /isolinux/ (Knoppix).
5.Return to offline insertion of TPM/SB/RAM bypass registry keys when possible.
6.Take out the storage bypass because it’s a fake bypass that doesn’t do anything.
7.Make it easier for BIOS to work with the “UEFI boot only” alert message.
8.Get rid of the double-appearing Windows User Experience dialog in Windows To Go.
9.Fix the problem where Windows User Experience settings aren’t being used on ARM64