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How To Create A Bootable USB Flash Drive Using Rufus To Install Windows

Friday , 24, April 2020 Comments Off on How To Create A Bootable USB Flash Drive Using Rufus To Install Windows

This guide is going to show you how to install Windows using a USB flash drive. To install Windows, there are a couple of ways. However, the most popular one right now is to use a USB drive. If you have the Windows 10 ISO file, it is super easy to create a bootable USB drive using that ISO file. You can use that to install Windows 8,8.1, Windows 10, and even Windows 7. You will be able to install almost any OS using the method that I am going to show you now. For this task, I am going to use a utility called Rufus. You can download Rufus by doing a quick google search. It is an opensource software that is distributed under the GPL license. Now let’s see how to do this.

Microsoft provides their ISO files for free. So you have to download the ISO file of your preferred Windows version. The Enterprise Edition of Windows is not available this way. If you want to create a bootable USB drive to install the Windows Enterprise Edition, you have to get the ISO file in another way. They even have their own software to make a bootable USB. However, we are not going to use that software because it is very slow when compared to Rufus. But if you prefer the official software you can download it from the Microsoft website. Once everything is ready you can start Rufus.

On the main window, you will see some options. You also can select the language you want. You also can either copy your own ISO files to a bootable USB drive or download the ISO files using Rufus itself. If you have already downloaded the ISO file, then there is no need for this. After that, you can plug your USB into your computer, and Rufus will automatically detect it and set it as the selected USB drive in a few seconds. Your USB flash drive must have at least 16 GB of storage space, preferably more. After this you have to do is locate the ISO file that you’ve downloaded and click on the “Start” button. Rufus will then copy Windows installation files to your USB flash drive and make it bootable. Once it is done, you can use it to boot your PC. There is also another way to do this using the Command Prompt. This method is not that easy as using Rufus but I will explain it briefly for those who are interested. To do this, you have to make the ISO file available as a drive using Command Prompt. Your USB flash drive must also be connected to the computer. To do this, first, start a command prompt window and type the commands as in this guide.