Create and Format bootable USB flash drives with Rufus

Rufus stands for Reliable USB Formatting Utility with Source. It is a tiny and lightweight utility for Windows PC, which helps you easily format, as well as create USB drives, such as USB keys, memory-sticks, and USB pen-drives, which are bootable. It has advanced and standard options, to suit all skill levels.

Create bootable media easily

Rufus for Windows

This tool has a user-friendly interface which looks like the built-in format panel of Windows. We can choose a partition scheme, devices, cluster size, target system type, new volume label, and file system types – like NTFS, FAT32, exFAT, and UDF.

Using this tool you can create an extendable label, quick format mode and icon files. There are a few basic formatting options available. The tool also lets us select the algorithms (from type 1 to type 4).  A bootable disk is created using the ISO image. Rufus records all the activities and saves them as a log file.

This multifaceted tool is useful when:

  • USB installation media need to be created from bootable ISOs (Linux, Windows, and UEFI)
  • A person wants to work on a computer in which an OS is not installed
  • For the purpose of flashing a BIOS or any other DOS, the firmware is required
  • A person wishes to run a low-level utility.

New features in Rufus:

  • 32-bit support range for UEFI: NTFS boot
  • Addition of Advanced mode stand-alone UEFI: NTFS with boot installation
  • Disable support for hidden GRUB version ISOs
  • Repair and correct Windows UEFI installation related issues while using GPT/NTFS.
  • Generating a repair of 32-bit installation flash drives in UEFI Windows 10.

Rufus for Windows free download

Rufus is arguably the finest solution for creating and formatting a bootable USB drive. Download your copy of Rufus from the official website here.

PS: You can now also download Windows 10 ISO using Rufus.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.