How to Create a Windows 10 or 8 Bootable USB Flash Drive

There are times when you need a bootable USB flash drive in a hurry and you don’t know what the best or easiest method to create one is. If you have ever been in such a situation then there’s nothing to worry because we have a solution for you. Rufus is an intelligent utility which helps in formatting as well as developing easily bootable USB flash drives in the form of pen drives, USB keys, memory sticks and so on.

The Rufus utility software comes handy when you need to carry out the following tasks:

• Creation of USB installation media from the easily bootable ISOs such as UEFI, Linux, Windows etc
• Working on a computer system that does not have the operating system installed in it
• Flash a BIOS or other types of firmware from DOS
• When you want the utility at a low level

Even though the size is really small, the Rufus utility app gives you all that you need. Furthermore, the Rufus system is really fast. It can be as fast as the UNetbootin, which is often used as the Windows 7 USB download system or Universal USB Installer. This application is also slightly faster when it comes to the making of Linux bootable USB from the ISOs. In the website, you can find a complete list of Rufus supported ISOs.

What are the System Requirements?

If you want to use the Rufus utility software you need to first find out the system requirements for the tool to work. It needs a Windows XP or later, does not matter whether it is 32 or 64 bit. After the application has been downloaded the utility is ready to use.
One of the biggest benefits of using Rufus is that the utility app supports several languages. Check to see whether the translations are available in your language.

Steps to download Rufus

• First you need to download the executable and then run it on your system. No other installations are needed
• The executable should be signed digitally and in the signature you must state ‘Akeo Consulting’ for version 1.3.0 or later.
• The signature of version 1.2.0 or earlier should be ‘Pete Batard – Open Source Developer’.

What are the extra notes on DOS support

If you develop a DOS bootable drive and make use of a non-US keyboard, the Rufus utility app will make an attempt to choose a keyboard layout. This will be dependent on the locale of your computer system. In this scenario, the FreeDOS which is considered as the default selection is given for recommendation. This is capable of supporting more keyboard layouts. Since the creation of v1.1.0, all the consequent versions developed by Rufus let the users create an easy to boot USB driver.

You may create an ISO image with the help of a physical disc or from the help of a set of files, however you would need a freely available CD burning app such as ImgBurn or CDBurnerXP for this purpose.

Since the version 1.3.2, Rufus has been supporting the UEFI or GPT for the installation media. This will enable you to install the Linux in full EFI mode, Windows 7 or Windows 8. For the UEFI/GPT support, you will need Windows Vista or later version.