Rufus, create bootable USB flash drives simply and easily

There are times when it is useful to take a USB flash drive and make it bootable. When I need to do this I use a straightforward stand alone free utility called Rufus which works so well I thought I would give it a quick plug.


I tend to use it for creating bootable drives from ISO images I have downloaded rather than burning to a CD or DVD. Most recently I used it to install Windows 10 Technical Preview on a laptop to try it out. Previously I have installed Linux distros from from USB flash drives thanks to Rufus and also for the very useful computer tool kit that is Hiren’s BootCD.

The screen grab shows the Rufus user interface. As well as creating your bootable drive from an ISO image the drop down menu gives the option of selecting MS-DOS, FreeDOS and DD Image.


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