How To Make Bootable USB for any Operating System Using Rufus

Installing Windows or other operating systems using CD/DVD is an old fashioned thing. Bootable USBs are the new fashion. You can install operating systems (like Windows, Ubuntu, Redhat etc.) on your PC using bootable USB as most of the motherboards these days support booting from USB drives.

This tutorial shows, “how to make bootable USB drive for any operating system“. We will be using a small open source utility called Rufus for making bootable USB drive.

Have a look as this video for quick view on how you can make bootable USB drive.

Alright, let’s get into details. Continue reading for detailed tutorial on how to create bootable USB for any operating system like Windows, Linux etc. using Rufus utility.

What we need:

  • A PC running Windows
  • Rufus Utility. Download link is provided at the end of the post.
  • USB Drive (size depends on Operating system, normally a 8GB pen drive works for almost all operating systems).
  • ISO file of the Operating system that you want to make bootable USB of.

Make Bootable USB for any OS Using Rufus?

Step 1

Insert your USB drive into your PC. Download Rufus (download link is provided at the end of the post). You don’t need to install it, it works without installation. Just double-click it. You will see an interface similar to this:

Step 2

First option you see is Device. Here you can select the USB drive which you want to make bootable. It will automatically show you USB drive name. You can select any other USB drive if you have inserted more than one USB drives into your PC. Leave other options intact, you can give New Name to your bootable USB drive in New volume label. Tick “Create a bootable disk using” option if not ticked already. Select “ISO image” and click on CD drive button How To Make Bootable USB for any Operating System Using Rufus - cd drive button to browse for ISO file.

A new window will pop-up. Select the ISO image of the operating system that you want to make bootable USB of, and click Open. I am taking example of Windows 8.1 64-bit ISO.

Step 3

After selecting the ISO image, click on Start button. It will show you a warning, “ALL DATA ON YOUR DEVICE WILL BE DESTROYED“. If you have any valuable data on the drive, copy it somewhere else first and start this process again. If you don’t have any useful data on the USB drive, just click on OK.

Step 4

Rufus will format your USB drive and start copying ISO files to it.

After file copy is completed successfully, you will see following screen.

Your Bootable USB has been created successfully, click Close to exit Rufus utility.

Make Bootable USB using Rufus

Now you can install Operating system using this bootable USB drive. You have to setup your PC to boot from USB drive to install OS using Bootable USB. If you face any problem in creating bootable USB drive, feel free to comment below.

Download Rufus

You can use following link to download Rufus utility from official website.

Download

About Aslam Khan

Hi there, I am a blogger, engineer and a computer geek. I love kittens. I spend some of my time blogging besides full time job as Senior Windows Administrator. I like to learn new things.

5 comments

  1. I wanna ask that I’m using windows 7 nd can make the the ISO image of 8.1 or other windows OS?

  2. Nice tutorial man..

  3. It worked like charm for me…
    thanks admin.

  4. Followed your instructions for making bootable usb using Rufus and my Gateway SX2110G Desktop still won’t boot from the usb and bios is set to boot from usb as 1st boot device. Any suggestion why I can’t get my PC to boot from the usb drive?

    • Have you tried inserting USB into a different port? If you have tried this, you should go to BIOS >Boot Menu > Hard disk and change Hard disk Boot priority to boot from USB.

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