How to create a bootable USB using Rufus

Step 1: Download Rufus

  • This is a direct link to the website containing the download link-
  • Click the latest download

.An image of the correct download link

                                                        Figure 1.0


  • The file you download is not an installer. It is an executable file that launches straight away.


Step 2: Using Rufus - Device Properties

  • When you open Rufus a small window will pop up. This is the only window you need to learn how to use.

Rufus default window

                      Figure 2.0


  • The Device section of the window is automatically filled with a USB if you have it plugged in. You may choose to change this if you have multiple USBs plugged in.
  • Next an ISO file needs to be selected. This type of file is basically a copy of what can be on a physical CD. In this example the ISO is a copy of Windows 10.

The select button for ISO
                                        Figure 2.1


  • Navigate to wherever your ISO is located to select it.

The ISO file in its folder
                                      Figure 2.2


  • Now your ISO is selected you might get an additional "Image Option" box, depending on what kind of bootable USB you're making. Select the relevant option, leave the Partition scheme and Target system as they are and continue.


Step 3: Using Rufus - Format Options

  • The first box you will see is "Volume Label". This is where you enter the new name of the USB after it is formatted with your ISO. Choose something relevant to the ISO file. The ISO file I am using is Windows 10 and will automatically pick a relevant name so I am just using the default label.

Volume label for Rufus

                                       Figure 3.0


  • Leave the File System and Cluster size as is, you should now be ready to start creating your bootable USB.
  • WARNING: When creating a bootable USB Rufus will format it. This will permanently erase any data currently stored. Make sure there is nothing on there you are willing to lose.
  • When you are ready to proceed press the START button, you will be prompted that your existing data will be erased.

The start button

                                 Figure 3.1


  • The Status bar will begin progressing as the ISO files are copied. When it is 100% the bar will read "READY" in green and the USB is now completely formatted and ready to be used.

Copy completed

                              Figure 3.2


  • As you can see in the above image the device name is now "WINDOWS 10" as it contains a virtual copy of a windows 10 installation disc.
  • Ensure you safely eject your USB from your computer, it is now ready to be used as a bootable device.


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17-03-2021 04:11
Daniel Nichols
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