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Rufus 2.1

Easily create bootable USB drives from ISO images

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English, Chinese (Simplified), Indonesian, Malay, Portuguese (Portugal)
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 24 March 2015
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Developer: Pete Batard
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Rufus 2.1
Easily create bootable USB drives from ISO images

Rufus is a simple utility which makes it easy to build bootable USB drives from ISO images.

Of course if you have an ISO image then you could simply burn this to a CD or DVD. This won't help you much if your target system doesn't have an optical drive, though. USB keys are also easier to carry around, less likely to be damaged, and faster, which may be important if you need to use the disc often.

Rufus doesn't require any installation, and is generally very straightforward to set up. It'll automatically detect your USB drive, for instance, so you may not have to select that. Getting started could be as simple as browsing to your ISO image and clicking the "Start" button: the program will then walk you through everything else it needs to know.

If you need more control, though, you're able to configure how the USB drive will be formatted (file system, cluster size and so on). There's now support for both UEFI and GPT boots. And the program even includes some advanced format options which may help your drive be recognised on older PCs, although normally these shouldn't be necessary.

And if this is a task you need to carry out often, then you'll be pleased to hear that Rufus is reasonably speedy. We created a bootable USB version of the Windows 8 Professional image, for instance, and found the program was around 25% faster than another popular boot drive creator, UNetbootin.

What's new in 2.1?

- Add 32 bit support for UEFI:NTFS boot
- Add standalone UEFI:NTFS boot installation, in advanced mode
- Add Vietnamese translation, courtesy of thanhtai2009
- Disable support for ISOs that hide their GRUB version (looking at you Kaspersky!)
- Fix broken Windows UEFI installation when using GPT/NTFS (#461)
- Fix creation of 32 bit UEFI Windows 10 installation flash drives (#462)
- Other improvements (Notify when no update is available on manual check, add label for UEFI:NTFS partition, etc.)

Verdict:

Rufus is an easy-to-use and configurable tool which quickly creates bootable USB drives from ISO images.

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