Rufus is a small utility that helps format and creates bootable USB flash drives, reminiscent of USB keys/pen drives, memory sticks, etc. It is considerably quicker than comparable utilities and it’s open-source and free. All versions of Rufus allow the creation of a bootable USB from an ISO image.
Use Rufus, especially for cases to:
- Create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, etc.).
- Work on a system that doesn’t have an OS installed.
- Run a low-level utility.
- Flash a BIOS or different firmware from DOS.
The Portable is a USB formatting utility that can also create a bootable USB drive using a bootable ISO image. This app requires admin rights. Despite its small size, Rufus provides every part you want!
Rufus is quick. On occasion, it’s about twice as quick as UNetbootin, Universal USB Installer. Or Windows 7 USB download tool, on the creation of a Windows 7 USB installation drive from an ISO. It can be marginally sooner on the creation of Linux bootable USB from ISOs.
Rufus supports UEFI in addition to GPT for installation media, which means that it’ll allow you to install Windows 7, Windows 8, or Linux in full EFI mode.
However, Windows Vista or later is required for full UEFI/GPT support. Because of OS limitations, Windows XP restricts the creation of UEFI bootable drives to MBR mode.
Supported Languages: Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech. Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, and Hungarian. Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Norwegian, and Persian. Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Serbian (Latin). Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
Changes in version 4.3 :
- Add support for Rock Ridge symlink preservation when NTFS is used
- Add an exception to enforce NTFS for Linux Mint’s LMDE
- Add an expert feature to restrict a Windows installation to S Mode
- Fix persistence support for Debian 12 when booted in BIOS mode
- Fix a regression that prevented the opening of .vhd images
- Update UEFI:NTFS to report a more explicit error on bootmgr security issues
- Improve the search for conflicting processes by running it in a background thread
- Improve support for Slax Linux
Supported Operating Systems: Windows 8 or later, 32 or 64-bit doesn’t matter.
Size: 1.36 MB