Nowadays installing any OS is very easy. In this post, we told you How to Make a Bootable Pendrive and Install any OS by using Rufus software. With the advent of ultra-portable laptops, optical drives are becoming a thing of the past. Although not having optical drives allows manufacturers to make devices lighter, it causes problems for users when they want to install new operating systems, since most of them are still available in the form of downloadable CDs, DVDs, and ISOs. For users of these devices, the only option left is to use a flash drive to install the operating system of their choice.
Not surprisingly, there are also some of us who prefer to install operating systems from flash drives for their higher speed. There are also some of us who prefer to keep live operating systems on our flash drives to access computers without having an operating system simply by connecting our devices.
With so many users needing ‘How to Make a Bootable Pendrive’ it seems imperative that operating system manufacturers provide a built-in way to create them with every DVD and CD they provide. However, that is not the case with all manufacturers of operating systems.
In fact, most users are left looking for third-party applications that can create a bootable USB drive for their specific operating system. To add to the misery of a user, operating system manufacturers that provide an application for this make them specific to the operating system (such as the Windows 7 USB / DVD tool) and are not ISO and DVD compatible from other operating systems. Some of them don’t work even if the original ISO / DVD is slightly modified (slipstreamed, etc.).
Use Rufus to make a bootable Pendrive
If you are also one of those users looking for a solution, you can stop searching and trying Rufus, an open-source tool to create a USB startup drive from any startup ISO.
Rufus is small in size (almost 615 KB) and claims to be faster when creating USB startup drives than most other applications. Rufus is also portable, which means you don’t have to install this software to use it. Just double-click the executable file and the application will start running. Rufus also allows you to add fixes for using bootable flash drives on older computers that have BIOS that do not support booting from them.
However, it is strange that Rufus can create bootable flash drives from ISO, which means you must have an ISO image of the operating system CD or DVD of your choice.
I don’t think this should be a big deal, given how easy it is to create ISO on DVD and CD.
How to use Rufus?
1) When you start Rufus, the first option you will see is Device:. Contains all your connected USB drives. If you connect a USB drive after starting Rufus, the drive you have connected will soon be available here.
2) You will not need to modify the partition scheme and the target system type, as the default option is suitable to make the USB drive work on both legacy BIOS and UEFI computers.
3) Change the file system from FAT32 to NTFS from the dropdown menu. This is the file system that your USB drive will be formatted with. Please note that older computers will not start from a flash drive formatted as NTFS. Do not change the size of the cluster. Enter the name you want for your USB device in the Volume label box.
4) Mark the Create a bootable disk using check box if it is not already checked. From the drop-down menu next to it, select the ISO image. Right-click to locate your ISO image.
Note that Rufus will format your USB drive by deleting everything on it before making it bootable. Therefore, make sure that it does not contain any important data.
5) Click Start to format your USB drive and extract all ISO files.
To install the operating system, restart your computer and select your USB device as the main boot option from the BIOS boot menu.
Rufus works on all the latest versions of Windows and can be used to extract the following ISOs to a bootable USB drive:-
Arch Linux, Archbang, BartPE/pebuilder, CentOS, Damn Small Linux, Debian, Fedora, FreeDOS, FreeNAS, Gentoo, GParted, gNewSense, Hiren’s Boot CD, LiveXP, Knoppix, KolibriOS, Kubuntu, NT Password Registry Editor, Parted Magic, Partition Wizard, Raspbian, Linux Mint, OpenSUSE , ReactOS, Red Hat, rEFInd, Slackware, Tails, Trinity Rescue Kit, Ubuntu, Ultimate Boot CD, Windows XP (SP2, SP3), Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server 2016 and many more.
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