How to Create Bootable USB Drives with Rufus v3.8 Final
If you want to install or run a new operating system on your computer, you may need a bootable USB drive. A bootable USB drive is a flash drive that contains the files and instructions to start an operating system from the USB device, instead of the hard disk. This can be useful for testing, troubleshooting, or installing different OSes on your PC.
One of the easiest and fastest ways to create a bootable USB drive is to use Rufus, a small and free application that can run on Windows 7 or later. Rufus can create bootable USB drives for Windows, Linux, DOS, and other systems. It can also format your USB drive with various file systems, such as FAT32, NTFS, exFAT, UDF, etc.
In this article, we will show you how to use Rufus v3.8 Final, the latest version of Rufus as of April 2023, to create a bootable USB drive. Rufus v3.8 Final has some new features and improvements over previous versions, such as:
Add SHA-1 and SHA-256 x86 acceleration on CPUs that support it (courtesy of Jeffrey Walton)
Add support for Windows 11 ISOs
Add support for ARM64 ISOs
Fix an issue with UEFI:NTFS compatibility on some devices
Fix an issue with ISO extraction on some ISOs
Update translations and libraries
Note: This is the last version of Rufus that can run on Windows 7
To use Rufus v3.8 Final, you will need:
A USB flash drive with at least 4 GB of free space
An ISO file of the operating system you want to install or run
A Windows PC with an internet connection
Here are the steps to create a bootable USB drive with Rufus v3.8 Final:
Download Rufus v3.8 Final from https://rufus.ie/. It is a portable application that does not require installation.
Run Rufus.exe and accept the User Account Control prompt if asked.
Insert your USB flash drive into your PC and make sure it is detected by Rufus. You may need to backup any important data on your USB drive before proceeding, as Rufus will erase everything on it.
Select your USB drive from the Device drop-down list.
Select your ISO file from the Boot selection drop-down list. You can also drag and drop your ISO file onto the Rufus window.
Rufus will automatically detect the best settings for your ISO file and USB drive. You can change them if you want, but it is recommended to leave them as default unless you know what you are doing.
Click on START to begin the process of creating a bootable USB drive. Rufus will warn you that all data on your USB drive will be destroyed. Click OK to confirm.
Wait for Rufus to copy the files from your ISO file to your USB drive and make it bootable. This may take several minutes depending on the size of your ISO file and the speed of your USB drive.
When Rufus is done, you will see a READY message at the bottom of the window. You can now close Rufus and safely remove your USB drive from your PC.
You have successfully created a bootable USB drive with Rufus v3.8 Final. You can now use it to install or run your desired operating system on any compatible PC.
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