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Rufus 4.5.2160 Beta / Rufus 4.4 Build 2103

Rufus 4.5.2160 Beta / Rufus 4.4 Build 2103
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Rufus is a small utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc. It  is significantly faster than similar utilities and it’s open source and free. All versions of Rufus allow the creation of a bootable USB from an ISO image.

Use Rufus especially for cases to:

  • Create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, etc.).
  • Work on a system that doesn’t have an OS installed.
  • Run a low-level utility.
  • Flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS.

Creating an ISO image from a physical disc or from a set of files is very easy to do however, through the use of a CD burning application For example, such as the free CDBurnerXP or ImgBurn.

Rufus Portable is a USB formatting utility which also can create a bootable USB drive using a bootable ISO image. This app requires admin rights. Despite its small size, Rufus provides everything you need!

Rufus is fast. For instance it’s about twice as fast as UNetbootin, Universal USB Installer. Or Windows 7 USB download tool, on the creation of a Windows 7 USB installation drive from an ISO. It is also marginally faster on the creation of Linux bootable USB from ISOs.

Rufus support UEFI as well as GPT for installation media, meaning that it will allow you to install Windows 7, Windows 8 or Linux in full EFI mode.

However, Windows Vista or later is required for full UEFI/GPT support. Because of OS limitations, Windows XP restricts the creation of UEFI bootable drives to MBR mode.

Supported Languages: Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech. Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian. Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Norwegian, Persian. Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Serbian (Latin). Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese

Changes in Rufus 4.5:

  • Add a new advanced option, that adds runtime UEFI media validation to suitable images (Windows, most Linux)
  • Move the ‘Use Rufus MBR’ advanced option to a cheat mode (Alt-A)
  • Fix truncation of VHDX images, as well as a benign error message when writing VHD/VHDX
  • Fix support for Linux persistence in some configurations (Mint, Ubuntu 24.04)
  • Fix multiple potential vulnerabilities (with thanks to Mansour Gashasbi)
  • Update internal GRUB to version 2.12
  • Update UEFI:NTFS to latest (now always uses the ntfs-3g driver, rather than the buggy AMI NTFS one)
  • Increase buffer size when copying ISO files, in an attempt to minimize the AMI NTFS UEFI driver bug
  • Improve partition creation handling
  • Don’t display the WUE dialog when a conflicting ‘unattend.xml’ already exists

Changes in Rufus 4.4:

  • Add workaround for distros that use broken symbolic links as their UEFI bootloaders (such as Mint 21.3)
  • Add support for GRUB 2.12
  • Fix a crash when saving .ffu images
  • Fix UEFI:NTFS partition not being added, in MBR mode, for some Linux ISOs
  • Prevent Microsoft Dev Drives from being listed
  • Improve support for SDXC card readers
  • Improve Large FAT32 formatting by aligning start of data regions to 1 MB (courtesy of Fred)

Changes in Rufus 4.3:

  • Add support for Rock Ridge symlink preservation when NTFS is used
  • Add an exception to enforce NTFS for Linux Mint’s LMDE
  • Add an expert feature to restrict a Windows installation to S Mode
  • Fix persistence support for Debian 12 when booted in BIOS mode
  • Fix a regression that prevented the opening of .vhd images
  • Update UEFI:NTFS to report a more explicit error on bootmgr security issues
  • Improve the search for conflicting processes by running it in a background thread
  • Improve support for Slax Linux

Changes in Rufus 4.2 (2023.07.26):

  • Add detection and warning for UEFI revoked bootloaders (including ones revoked through SkuSiPolicy.p7b)
  • Add ZIP64 support, to extract .zip images that are larger than 4 GB
  • Add saving and restoring current drive to/from compressed VHDX image
  • Add saving and restoring current drive to/from compressed FFU (Full Flash Update) image [EXPERIMENTAL]
  • Fix a crash when trying to open Windows ISOs, with the x86 32-bit version
  • Increase ISO → ESP limit, for Debian 12 netinst images
  • Make sure the main partition size is aligned to the cluster size

Homepage – https://rufus.ie

Supported Operating Systems: Windows 8 or later, 32 or 64 bit doesn’t matter.

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