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.
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 3.20 (2022.08.03):
- Enable applicable Windows User Experience options for Windows 10
- Make Windows User Experience options persist between sessions
- Add automatic local account creation and regional options duplication
(NB: This is limited to creating an account with the same name as the current user and with an empty password that the user will be prompted to change after first reboot)
- Add a workaround for ISOs that have a ‘syslinux’ symbolic link to ‘/isolinux/’ (Knoppix)
- Revert to inserting registry keys for the TPM/SB/RAM bypass where possible
- Remove storage bypass, since this is a bogus bypass that doesn’t do anything
- Improve BIOS compatibility when displaying the “UEFI boot only” alert message
- Fix Windows User Experience dialog appearing twice for Windows To Go
- Fix Windows User Experience options not being applied for ARM64
- Fix Microsoft Account bypass not being applied unless TPM/SB/RAM bypass is selected
Changes in Rufus 3.19 (2022.07.01):
- Add a new selection dialog for Windows 11 setup customization:
- Secure Boot and TPM bypass have now been moved to this dialog
- Also allows to bypass the mandatory requirement for a Microsoft account on Windows 11 22H2
(NB: Network *MUST* be temporarily disabled for the local account creation to be proposed)
- Also add an option to skip all collection questions (Sets all answers to “Don’t allow”)
- Also add an option for setting internal drives offline with Windows To Go
Note: These customization options are only be proposed when using a Windows 11 image.
- Add support for distros using a nonstandard GRUB 2.0 prefix directory (openSUSE Live, GeckoLinux)
- Add the ability to ignore USBs (See https://github.com/pbatard/rufus/blob/master/res/rufus.ini)
- Change drive listing to always list in increasing order of size
- Update exceptions needed by Red Hat and derivatives for latest versions
- Update UEFI:NTFS drivers to latest
- Reassign a letter for drives written in DD mode that don’t have an ESP (CoreELEC)
- Fix Windows refusing to mount Linux MBR partitions on FIXED drives
Changes in Rufus 3.18 (2022.03.11):
- Fix DLL sideloading vulnerabilities
- Fix ISO → ESP creation when running on Windows 11
- Fix an issue when detecting network connectivity when the DHCP service is disabled
- Update FreeDOS to version 1.3
- Add bypass of Windows 11 restrictions for in-place upgrades
- Add Miracle Linux 8 to the list of Red Hat exceptions
- Other internal fixes and improvements
Changes in Rufus 3.17 (2021.10.23):
- Fix MBR not being properly cleared
- Fix commandline hogger not being deleted on exit
- Improve ReFS handling for platforms that support it
- Update UEFI:NTFS to latest and remove Secure Boot notice since this version is Secure Boot signed
- Update Grub4DOS to latest
Changes in Rufus 3.16 (2021.10.13):
- Fix ISO mode support for Red Hat 8.2+ and derivatives
- Fix BIOS boot support for Arch derivatives
- Fix removal of some boot entries for Ubuntu derivatives
- Fix log not being saved on exit
- Add support for Intel NUC card readers
- Improve Windows version reporting
- Improve Windows 11 support
- Speed up clearing of MBR/GPT
Homepage – https://rufus.ie
Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7 or later, 32 or 64 bit doesn’t matter.
Size: 1.33 MB