Create a bootable Windows USB using Rufus

Here is the step by step guide to Get your Pen drive bootable using Rufus. As we know that Win32 Disk Imager is also a good option. But in case its not work than you can use the refuse as alternative.

Creating a bootable USB drive used to be a somewhat daunting exercise for many people as it meant using the command prompt to access DiskPart which is a great little command-line utility.  Luckily for us, there are now far simpler ways of achieving this, by using free software like Rufus to do the hard work instead. Please note though that Rufus is a Windows only utility.

Rufus can easily create bootable USB’s for most bootable ISO, including among others:

  • Windows XP (SP2) (not Windows XP x64)
  • Windows Server 2003 R2
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
  • Windows 10
  • Hiren’s Boot CD
  • NT Password Registry Editor
  • Ultimate Boot CD
  • GParted
  • Partition Magic
  • Debian
  • ….plus many more

In this tutorial we will be creating a bootable Windows 7 Ultimate x64 USB.

Things you will need:

  • Your bootable ISO of choice. I will be using a Windows 7 Ultimate x64 ISO (If you have a Windows 7 disk, then you can create your own bootable ISO easily using ImgBurn)
  • Latest version of Rufus (I am using version 2.2)
  • A spare USB stick (The size of the USB required will vary depending on the size of the ISO you are using. For this exercise I need an 8GB USB)

Once you have the required items, you can start by opening up Rufus. Don’t worry about any of the settings here as Rufus will automatically do this for you depending on the type of ISO you are using.

By default, it will appear to have many of the options blank until you connect your USB. Once you connect the USB, these fields will be automatically filled for you.

Next, connect your USB to your computer.

Now we need to select our ISO. (in my case the Windows 7 ISO) Select the icon highlighted as shown below, which will let you browse for the required ISO file.

Select the file by left clicking on it once and then clicking on Open.

Rufus will now have filled out the fields for you. All you have to do now is hit Start.

Click OK, to start.

How long the process will take to complete will depend on the specs of your computer, the USB (read/write speeds) and the size of the ISO you are using.

Just a heads up that WinToFlash version 1.12.0000 was released today. I know you said that you were already using it, but wasn’t sure how you got on. I will post the link for the latest version (via Major Geeks mirror) as well as the Change Log link:

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