With most of the new Motherboards supporting boot from USB, booting from CD/DVD has become a thing of past. You can easily install Windows and other operating systems from bootable USBs. And you can easily make bootable USB using Rufus for Windows 10 and other operating systems (like Ubuntu, CentOS, RHEL etc.) as well.
So, in this tutorial, we are going to show you how to create a bootable USB using Rufus. We are creating a Windows 10 bootable USB in this tutorial. Rufus is a small open source utility for creating bootable USB drives. Let’s get started with detailed steps.
What we need?
- A PC running Windows 7 or newer
- Rufus Utility. Download it from official website. Link is provided at the end of the post.
- USB Drive (size depends on Operating system, normally a 8GB pen drive works for almost all operating systems).
- ISO file of Operating System (we are using Windows 10 ISO in this tutorial).
Make Bootable USB for any Operating System using Rufus
Now, that you are ready with the pre-requisites, let’s start the process of creating Windows 10 bootable USB disk using Rufus.
Step 1: Download and Launch Rufus
First of all, download Rufus from official website. After that run the downloaded file. No installation is required, Rufus will launch immediately.
Also insert your USB disk into your computer. Rufus will automatically detect it. In case your USB drive is not detected, close and launch Rufus again. In case you have multiple USBs connected to your computer, make sure to select the correct one from the Device dropdown list.
You will see an interface similar to this. Click on SELECT button next to Boot selection dropdown to select ISO file.
Step 2: Browse for the ISO File and Select Partition Scheme
After you click on SELECT button, a browse window will open. Now, navigate to the folder where you have the ISO file. Select it and click on OPEN button. We will use this ISO file to make bootable USB using Rufus.
After selecting the ISO file, Rufus will automatically select best options based on the ISO type. However, you can also change the options manually if you wish. So, if you wish to make a Legacy BIOS boot disk, you can select MBR and for UEFI boot disk select GPT in Partition scheme dropdown. In this tutorial, we are creating a UEFI bootable disk, so we have selected GPT as Partition scheme.
Step 3: Create Bootable USB using Rufus
After selecting the ISO file, click on START button at the bottom. You will see a warning saying, “ALL DATA ON YOUR DEVICE WILL BE DESTROYED“.
If you have any important data on the USB drive, copy it somewhere else and start the process again. Once, you are ready, click on OK button to continue to make Windows 10 bootable USB drive using Rufus.
Step 4: Process Complete
As soon as you click OK, Rufus will start formatting your USB drive and start copying ISO files to it. After file copy process is completed successfully, you might see a warning if you are creating UEFI bootable disk.
The warning states that you need to disable Secure Boot in UEFI/BIOS settings in order to boot from this disk. Just close the Warning and then close Rufus. You have successfully created Windows 10 bootable USB using Rufus.
NOTE: You can avoid this warning by using latest version (v3.17 or newer) of Rufus utility.
Create Windows 10 Bootable USB using Rufus
Now that you have successfully created bootable USB using Rufus, you can install Windows 10 using this bootable USB drive. But remember, you still have to setup your PC to boot from USB drive in order to install OS from bootable USB.
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