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Top 5 Bootable USB Tools For Windows Operating System

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Short Bytes: In this article, we have created a list of the top 5 bootable USB tools for Windows operating system. You can create ISO files for different Windows operating systems, Linux distros, and also make Linux Live USB drives. All these bootable USB tools have their advantages and disadvantages.

One of the most common methods of installing an operating system on a computer is to create a bootable media. We can also install an OS using the inbuilt features, for instance, the Reset option present in Microsoft Windows 8 and later. For that, an already running operating system on your machine is a pre-requisite. On the other hand, that’s not the case with the bootable media, you can use it even if your computer doesn’t have any operating system installed at all.

Primarily, we create a bootable media using a CD/DVD or a USB drive. However, the former one has become obsolete because it is technologically backward than the USB drive-based bootable media. Now, there are many tools available to create these bootable USB drives using the ISO image file of the desired operating system.


Rufus is a tiny bootable media creator. Yet, it is multilingual and packs many features which can make your bootable USB flash drive creation process more effective.

You can create your bootable USB media for both MBR and GPT partition schemes. Rufus facilitates options to install your desired operating system on a UEFI firmware enabled machine.

You can install Windows XP in UEFI mode due to OS limitations.

It doesn’t matter what ISO you’re using. It can be Windows 7, 8, 10, any Linux distro, or ISO file of any other operating system. You can choose whether to use the FAT32, NTFS, exFAT, or UDF file systems for the bootable USB media. One thing that helps Rufus stand out in the crowd is that it takes less time to create the bootable USB drive.


You might have thought, we forgot to add spaces in the title of WinSetupFromUSB, but it is written this because its makers chose to do so.

The biggest advantage of using WinSetupFromUSB is that you can put multiple ISO files on one flash drive and create a multiboot USB. This will allow you to have a choice of more than one operating system at the time of installation.

Just Rufus, it has many features and allows you to create a bootable USB media for different types of operating system.


This simple to use tool, not equipped with many options, can create a bootable USB drive easily. The main reason for its existence is that it can be used to create Live USB drives for Linux distros. It offers inbuilt support for many of the popular Linux distros and other open source operating systems FreeBSD.

After connecting your USB drive, you need to select your desired (supported) distribution or antivirus rescue disk and UNetbootin will automatically download the ISO file from the internet and make the Live USB for you. In the case of bootable USB or an unsupported Linux distro, you’ll have to supply the ISO file.

Universal USB Installer

It is a good tool for creating bootable USB drive. Just UNetBootin, it is used to make Live USB for Linux distros. It supports a few extra ISOs but it doesn’t offer an automatic download option. Instead, it gives you the link to the download page of the distro. But we don’t think that would cause much trouble.

Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

This bootable USB drive creation tool is made by Microsoft. Although it is known as Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, it works for other versions of Windows also. As far as its usability is concerned, it should be at the top position. If you have the USB drive and the ISO file, you only need to make a few clicks and you’re done.

Also, it is a Microsoft product so it only supports ISO files of Microsoft products Windows, Visual Studio, etc. Microsoft has stopped its development because with the launch of Windows 8 their new Media Creation Tool was also released.

Pros, Cons, and Conclusion

All these bootable USB tools have their own pros and cons. One may have less or almost nil features, Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool. Another may have a plethora of options. More features are advantageous but they would make the bootable USB tool more complex for novice users.

The type of USB flash drives you’re using to create the bootable USB also has some contribution. For instance, the bootable USB tool would take less time to create bootable media on a USB 3.0 pen drive in comparison to USB 2.0 pen drive.

So, we would recommend you to try these bootable USB tools and decide which one is the best for you.

If you have something to add, tell us in the comments below.

Also Read: How To Compress Drive To Save Disk Space Using NTFS Compression?


Create a Bootable USB From an ISO With These 10 Tools

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Creating a bootable USB from an ISO file is easy if you have the right tools. Here's how to make a bootable pendrive.

Why You Need a Bootable USB Drive

Installations from a USB flash drive have become one of the easiest ways to update your computer with a new operating system. A USB installation is quick, extremely portable, and has the bonus of reverting to a storage device following the install. See our introduction to using flash drives on Windows 10 if you need some background.

You'll find a fair few ISO to USB tools out there, and they feature a range of tools for beginners and advanced users. Let's take a look at the burn time, and the resources available to each software. For science!

Note: To keep this test fair, I'm going to burn a copy of Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17713 x64 to an 8GB Integral USB flash drive, formatting the drive between each burn.

A Mini-Glossary of ISO-to-USB Tool Terminology

Before we plow into the testing phase, there are a handful of acronyms I'd to spell out, and a few other bits of ISO to USB jargon we'll clear up.

  • Bootloader Options: The bootloader loads the operating system. Some ISO burners allow you to choose the bootloader you'll need for your desired operating system installation.
  • Grub4dos: A bootloader package designed to allow users to select between multiple operating systems installed on a single system.
  • Syslinux: A lightweight bootloader package designed to allow users to select between multiple Linux or Unix installations.
  • QEMU: Short for Quick Emulator, is a hardware virtualization tool. In this context, it allows users to test their USB before proceeding with the burn process.
  • Cluster Size: Defines the smallest available space for storing data. Instead of assigning individual disk sectors, the file system assigns contiguous groups of sectors, called clusters.
  • File System: Controls how data is accessed and stored. Without it, your data would lump together with no beginning or end. A file system defines easy access. There are different file systems available, though your burning tool should discern your requirements via the ISO you use.
  • Bad Sector: Some ISO to USB tools allow you to perform a bad sector check. Before the burn commences, your USB will be scanned, fixing any irregularities to ensure your installation is smooth. Somewhat defragmenting your desktop, but on a much smaller scale.

Now, in no particular order, here are the ISO to USB burning tools with their respective times.

Want the TL;DR? Check out the best ISO to USB comparison video below!

1. Rufus

Features: Partition schemes, file systems, automatic ISO detection, target system type, mode of bootable, bad sector checks, ISO write mode

First up, Rufus. Rufus is a very small executable that has consistently improved its offerings over the years. Along with standard ISO to USB options such as cluster size and file system, Rufus now automatically detects settings for the ISO you select and fills in the optimal settings. Furthermore, Rufus has a hidden Advanced Mode with a bunch of extra options.

Rufus clocked in at 21m12s which is definitely not the fastest. Regardless, Rufus is an excellent ISO to USB tool.

2. Windows USB/DVD Download Tool

Features: None

Such an eloquent name. You select your ISO. You select your media type; USB or DVD. You click Begin Copying, and off it goes. In what is the most basic of basic UIs, and with only two options, the Windows USB/DVD Download Tool is almost sublimely simple, comparable only to ISO to USB. This makes it a fine tool when installing Windows 10 from a USB drive.

Windows USB/DVD Download Tool came home in 17m51s which puts it toward the top of the ISO to USB timings board.

3. RMPrepUSB

Features: Bootloader options, file systems and overrides, grub4dos, syslinux, QEMU

RMPrepUSB is one of the most complete ISO to USB packages on this list. Aside from the features above, it comes packed with a host of other bootloaders, DiskDoctor, Speed Tests, and individual user configurations for frequently prepared drives.

RMPrepUSB clocks in with a 21m38 putting it firmly toward the top of the timings board but, Rufus, the features more than make up for the slightly slower time.


Features: Multiboot, ISO auto-download

YUMI (Your Universal Multiboot Installer) is another multiboot ISO to USB installer with settings for a vast range of Linux, Windows, and system utility ISOs. YUMI is easy to use. You scroll down the distribution list and check for the ISO you want, then select the corresponding ISO on your system from the box below. Don't have the ISO? YUMI will take care of that for you.

YUMI clocked in at 17m46—slower than the first time I ran these tests some five years ago (it was 14m50s back then!), but still ahead of the rest.

5. Novicorp WinToFlash [No Longer Available]

Features: Multiboot, grub4dos, bootloader options, burning wizard, file systems, burning profiles, ISO auto-download

Novicorp WinToFlash is a popular ISO to USB utility that features a handy burning wizard. The wizard guides you through the burning process, although it isn't unique to the utility (Rufus fills in all the information you need, for example). WinToFlash also allows you to create multiboot USBs as well as an auto-downloader for any ISO files you're missing.

WinToFlash clocks in at 22m01, decent speed for a tool that guides you through the ISO to USB process.

6. UNetbootin

Features: grub4dos, ISO auto-download (Linux only), syslinux

UNetbootin is primarily a Linux LiveUSB burning tool, but it works sufficiently well with Windows that it deserves inclusion in this list. The UNetbootin utility isn't flashy, but it does come with a few nifty features. For instance, it has an auto-download feature for Linux distributions, letting you select from a range of popular distros and system utility tools.

UNetbootin came home in 22m01, exactly the same as WinToFlash and again, a decent time for a useful tool.

The ISO-to-USB Winner Is…

The winner regarding speed is YUMI. The winner regarding features and ease of use is Rufus, which was only 3 minutes slower than YUMI. Furthermore, both burning tools cater to slightly different markets; Rufus is for one-off ISO to USB creation whereas YUMI is excellent for multiboot tools.

Let's not discount the other USB to ISO tools. The range of burn times didn't vary much, so it really boils down to the features you need and find in a specific utility.

I tested many more ISO to USB tools for the sake of competition—and to bring you the best overall picture possible. There were a few tools that didn't make the grade, for one reason or another. Here are the fallen few:

  • XBoot is another multiboot tool featuring an inbuilt download, but other options were faster and somewhat easier to use. However, XBOOT's QEMU function is excellent.
  • WinToBootic fits comfortably into the basic features category and clocked a decent time, too.
  • Passcape ISO Burner is a multifunction burning tool, but it wouldn't work for me. I have read other positive reviews, so it could be worth a look for other individuals.
  • ISO to USB is another very basic tool. However, it didn't make the cut through a slow time and lack of features.
  • FlashBoot has a decent UI and a burning wizard to guide you through, but I gave up on the test as it had not even hit 50% after nearly 40 minutes.
  • UltraISO burned the ISO to USB at a reasonable speed and has the bonus of being able to mount ISOs before burning to check their files.

What's Your ISO-to-USB Tool of Choice?

Hopefully, you now have a better overview of the best ISO to USB tools available to you. Furthermore, you can pick your tool based upon its raw speed, its functionality, or a combination of both. If you need a guide to creating a bootable USB to install Windows from an ISO file, look no further:

For macOS users, we've also looked at how to boot your Mac from USB.

Got a load of USB flash drives and that you don't know what to do with? Here are five use you might not have considered, such as installing multiple operating systems on your USB stick.

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Создание загрузочной флешки для установки Windows 10, 8, 7

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Читайте, как сделать загрузочную флешку для установки Windows 10, 8 или 7. Для этого есть много способов и программ, но мы рассмотрим только официальные способы создания загрузочной флешки, и самые простые.

Данная процедура необходима в том случае, если у вашего ПК, ноутбука или нетбука нет DVD-привода или же он имеет проблемы с работоспособностью, у вас нету диска с дистрибутивом системы или же просто работать с DVD-дисками вам не по душе.

Первый способ. Для компьютера с UEFI

Все, что вам необходимо для создания загрузочной флешки этим способом – это компьютер c UEFI интерфейсом (не BIOS) и сам образ системы. Отмечу, что почти все современные компьютеры поддерживают UEFI.


Отформатируйте флешку, которую нужно сделать загрузочной. Обязательно указываем файловую систему – FAT32. Выберите «Быстрое форматирование» и нажмите «Начать».

Видим окно предупреждения о том, что все данные будут уничтожены, нажимаем «Ok» и ждем окончания данного процесса.

После этого, открываем проводником диск или ISO-образ с дистрибутивом, копируем файлы образа на флешку и ждем завершения копирования.

После завершения копирования ваша загрузочная флешка готова.

Далее, перезагружаем ПК, заходим в UEFI, ставим загрузку с флешки и устанавливаем нужную вам операционную систему.

Второй способ. Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

Второй способ будет актуален в том случае, если Ваш компьютер имеет интерфейс BIOS вместо UEFI.

В данном случае, для создания загрузочной флешки понадобится официальная программа от компании Microsoft – Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool. Она абсолютно бесплатна и есть в свободном доступе на сайте Microsoft.

Не пугайтесь, что в названии присутствует только Windows 7. Данная программа также актуальна и для Windows 8 и 10.

И так,

Скачайте и запустите программу.

Выберите нужный файл образа системы и нажмите «Next».

Выберите нужный тип носителя, то есть «USB-device».

Выберите нужную флешку из списка всех устройств на компьютере (в моем случае это диск G) и нажмите «Begin copying».

Видим окно предупреждения о том, что все данные с флешки будут удалены. Если важных файлов на данном накопителе у вас нет, нажимаем «Erase USB Device».

Подтверждаем то, что программа удалит все файлы и ожидаем завершения копирования файлов на флешку.

После завершения видим сообщение «Backup completed». То есть, загрузочная флешка готова и теперь её можно использовать.

Третий способ. Командная строка

Третий способ – это создание загрузочной флешки с помощью Командной строки, запущенной от имени Администратора. Преимущества данного способа в том, что вам не нужно скачивать и использовать никакие дополнительные программы. Например, у вас нет возможности войти в интернет. А также, флешка будет работать как с BIOS, так и с UEFI.

Для начала, запускаем Командную строку от имени Администратора.

Далее вводим команду «Diskpart» и «List disk».

Из списка всех установленных на компьютере дисков ищем нашу флешку (в моем случае это Диск 2) и вводим команду «select disk 5». То есть, все последующие операции будут проводится именно с этим диском. На этом этапе нужно быть очень осторожным, ведь все данные с диска, который вы выбрали, будут удалены.

Далее вводим команду «clean», то есть делаем полную очистку таблицы раздела флешки. Видим отчет о том, что очистка диска выполнена успешно.

Теперь, создаем раздел на этой флешке с помощью команды «create partition primary» и вводим «select partition 1» (то есть, выбираем этот раздел).

Делаем его активным используя команду «active» и форматируем флешку в формате NTFS с помощью команды «format fs=ntfs quick». Ожидаем завершения форматирования на 100%.

Назначаем букву диска (например, «Х») используя «assign letter=X» и завершаем работу «Diskpart» с помощью команды «exit».

Далее, закрываем командную строку и копируем файлы с образа на флешку, как и в первом способе. После завершения копирования, загрузочная флешка будет готова.

И четвертый способ – это использование утилиты Windows Media Creation Tool для создания загрузочной флешки Windows 8 или Windows 10.

Все, что Вам нужно, это рабочая Windows 8 или 10, флешка размером не менее 4Гб и данная утилита. Я же сделаю на примере Windows 10.

Для начала, подключаем нужную флешку к компьютеру и запускаем программу.

Принимаем лицензионное соглашение, выбираем «Создать установочный носитель ….».

Используем нужные нам параметры или же «Рекомендованные параметры для этого компьютера».

Выбираем «USB-устройство флэш-памяти».

Кликаем на нужную флешку (в моем случае это Диск X) и нажимаем «Далее».

После этого, начнется процесс создания загрузочной флешки. После завершения, загрузочная флешка будет готова, и вы cможете её использовать….

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Make a bootable flash drive from an ISO image • MintGuide.Org

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We all know that installing an operating system from a USB drive is much faster than installing from DVD. In this article we will look at several ways to createa bootable USB drive.

Before describing how to create a bootable USB drive read the article How to correctly format the USB stick in Linux Mint. In some cases described below, it is desirable to have already formatted the USB flash drive in FAT32 format.

1. LinuxLive USB Creator (only for Windows users) If you are a user of the Windows operating system and want to make a bootable USB flash drive with a Linux distribution – this program is for you. It is very simple, select the USB flash drive, please specify the iso image will be copied, turn on the option to format the USB stick and click on the lightning.

You can download the program on the official developer’s website

2. Rufus (only for Windows users)

Rufus is a utility that helps format and create bootable Flash/Pen/Key drives, memory cards, etc. Rufus will be especially useful in cases where: -you need to create a bootable USB disk from a bootable ISO image (Windows, Linux, UEFI, and others) -need to work on systems that have no OS installed -you need to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS -you need to run a low-level utility

-Despite its small size, Rufus knows how to do everything!

3. UNetbootin (for Linux, Windows, Mac users)

A very common program. The principle of operation is the same as the previous program. Select the image, select the flash drive, and click OK. For details, see the screenshots below.

Official website

Installation latest version into Linux Mint 14/15/16/17/17.1:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gezakovacs/ppasudo apt-get install unetbootin extlinux

4. LiveUSB MultiSystem (for Linux users) -To create a bootable USB flash drive with multiple operating systems (windows or linux) read article Create your LiveUSB MultiBoot very simple in Linux Mint.

5. Either – program to burn the iso image with the distro on a USB flash drive or micro SD card (Windows, MacOS and Linux) read article Either – program to record the iso image on a USB flash drive

6. YUMI – Multiboot USB Creator (for Linux, Windows users)

YUMI (Your Universal Multiboot Integrator), is the successor to our MultibootISOs. It can be used to create a Multiboot USB Flash Drive containing multiple operating systems, antivirus utilities, disc cloning, diagnostic tools, and more.

Contrary to MultiBootISOs which used grub to boot ISO files directly from USB, YUMI uses syslinux to boot extracted distributions stored on the USB device, and reverts to using grub toBoot Multiple ISO files from USB, if necessary.

Important Note: YUMI was intended to be used to try to run various “LIVE Linux” Operating Systems from USB. Installing Linux from the YUMI created USB Drive to a Hard Drive is not officially supported. If the installer portion of any Live Linux distro does work, consider it a bonus.


Installation latest version into Linux Mint 14/15/16/17/17.1:

Download DEB package “YUMI for Ubuntu Linux” from website

Install it.

7. USB image writer (for Linux users)

Linux Mint have default utility USB image writer. One time I used this program, but personally I have not always made a bootable USB flash drive.

Locate menu, the program will run. Select the image, select the USB drive and click Write.

8. MultiBoot USB – another Multiboot USB flash drive

Multiboot USB flash drive designed for loading and installing operating systems Windows/Linux and restoration-resuscitation tools directly from the USB drive.

9. WinUSB – Create Windows Usb stick
is a simple tool that allows you to create your own Windows installation on USB stick from an ISO image or DVD disk in Linux Mint.

10. Using the terminal (in my opinion the best 100% of the way)

As is known, the terminal is installed in any Linux distribution by default, so install additional software is not required.

The terminal command to write the iso image, the distribution is as follows:

sudo dd if=/home/USER/linuxmint.iso of=/dev/sdb

Where instead of /home/USER/linuxmint.iso you need to specify the path to the iso file. sdb in the end, it’s a stick on which is written the way.

The program is designed for byte copy data from one location to another. DD can create an image of a whole hard disk, a certain partition, copy the contents of CD/DVD disc, create image flash drives and much more.

There is one minus the dd utility copies the data by sector and therefore, she doesn’t care at all how much data to copy media, the most important thing for her is the size of the object!

(dd if=/dev/hda3 of=/home/user/backup/hda3.

img) in Other words, if the disk partition /dev/hda3 has a size of 10 GB, and the data on it is only 1 GB, then the image hda3.img will have a size of 10 GB.
The program is designed for byte copy data from one location to another. DD can create an image of a whole hard disk, a certain partition, copy the contents of CD/DVD disc, create image flash drives and much more. There is one minus the dd utility copies the data by sector and therefore, she doesn’t care at all how much data to copy media, the most important thing for her is the size of the object!

(dd if=/dev/hda3 of=/home/user/backup/hda3.

img) in Other words, if the disk partition /dev/hda3 has a size of 10 GB, and the data on it is only 1 GB, then the image hda3.img will have a size of 10 GB.

To determine your flash drive, run in terminal:

And if you stick decided differently, change in the command.

To be entered correctly in the command path to the file, open the folder with the file, open next to the terminal and drag the file into the terminal:

Now we are ready to start. I got the command:

sudo dd if=/home/linuxmintpro/Downloads/linuxmint-17.1-mate-64bit-LinuxMint.Pro-edition.iso of=/dev/sdb

The cursor of the terminal is blinking and it seems that nothing happens, but actually being recorded. Wait for the image capture and at the end you should see in the terminal this:

That’s all

Good Luck!!!

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Best Bootable USB Creation Tools [Update 2020]

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Making of bootable pen drive is easy. You can install a new operating system using the bootable USB. The software listed here takes the ISO image file and write it to the USB drive in a way that your PC can boot from the USB drive.
The USB drive is Easy to create, erase and reuse. Can install multiple OS on same USB at a time. Faster booting and installation speed. Portable and easy to handle. Rufus is simple and easy to use. It automatically detects your USB drive. The bootable USB drive can be created for newer hardware supporting UEFI or for legacy BIOS. You only have to select proper options from the list. Rufus is available for Windows, macOS and Linux.


Rufus – Create bootable USB drives the easy way

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Create bootable USB drives the easy way

Rufus is a utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc.

It can be especially useful for cases where:

  • you need to create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, UEFI, etc.)
  • you need to work on a system that doesn't have an OS installed
  • you need to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS
  • you want to run a low-level utility

Despite its small size, Rufus provides everything you need!

Oh, and 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. (1)
A non exhaustive list of Rufus supported ISOs is also provided at the bottom of this page. (2)

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System Requirements:

Windows 7 or later, 32 or 64 bit doesn't matter. Once downloaded, the application is ready to use.

I will take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the translators who made it possible for Rufus, as well as this webpage, to be translated in various languages. If you find that you can use Rufus in your own language, you should really thank them!


Download the executable and run it – no installation is necessary.

The executable is digitally signed and the signature should state:

  • “Akeo Consulting” (v1.3.0 or later)
  • “Pete Batard – Open Source Developer” (v1.2.0 or earlier)

Notes on DOS support:

If you create a DOS bootable drive and use a non-US keyboard, Rufus will attempt to select a keyboard layout according to the locale of your system. In that case, FreeDOS, which is the default selection, is recommended over MS-DOS, as it supports more keyboard layouts.

Notes on ISO Support:

All versions of Rufus since v1.1.0 allow the creation of a bootable USB from an ISO image (.iso).

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, such as the freely available InfraRecorder or CDBurnerXP.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

A Rufus FAQ is available HERE.

To provide feedback, report a bug or request an enhancement, please use the github issue tracker. Or you can send an e-mail.


GNU General Public License (GPL) version 3 or later.
You are free to distribute, modify or even sell the software, insofar as you respect the GPLv3 license.

Rufus is produced in a 100% transparent manner, from its public source, using a MinGW32 environment.


  • Version 3.13 (2020.11.20)
    • Add a cheat mode (Alt-M) to accept disk images without a Boot Marker
    • Add marquee operation progress to the taskbar icon
    • Add zeroing/image writing progress to the log
    • Switch to using 0x55 and 0xAA instead of 0x00 and 0xFF for low pass badblock check
    • Switch to using fake/manufacturer units when computing the default label
    • Fix overnumerous write retries on error when writing a disk image
    • Work around Windows' abysmal handling of removable drives that contain an ESP
    • Improve mounting/unmounting of volumes
    • Update UEFI:NTFS file system drivers to version 1.7
    • Other internal fixes and improvements (VDS, error reporting, etc.)
  • Other versions

Source Code

  • Rufus 3.13 (3.5 MB)
  • Alternatively, you can clone the git repository using: $ git clone git://
  • For more information, see the github project.

If you are a developer, you are very much encouraged to tinker with Rufus and submit patches.


Since I'm getting asked about this on regular basis, there is no donation button on this page.

The main reason is that I feel that the donation system doesn't actually help software development and worse, can be guilt-inducing for users who choose not to donate.

Instead, I think that “mécénat”; or developer patronage, from companies which benefit most from a healthy FLOSS ecosystem, is what we should be aiming for. This is because, unless they are backed by a company, developers who want to provide quality Open Source software cannot realistically sustain full time development, no matter how generous their software users are.

Also, unless you are blocking them (hint, hint), you'll notice that there are ads on this page, which I consider sufficient revenue enough.

Finally the fact that I have the freedom to develop Free Software in my spare time should indicate that I'm well-off enough, and therefore that you should direct your generosity towards people who need it a lot more than I do. If you really insist, you can always make a donation to the Free Software Foundation, as they are the main reason software Rufus is possible.

At any rate, I'll take this opportunity to say thank you for your continuing support and enthusiasm about this little program: it is much appreciated!

But please continue to feel free to use Rufus without any guilt about not contributing for it financially – you should never have to!


(1) Speed comparison between Rufus and other applications

The following tests were carried out on a Windows 7 x64 Core 2 duo/4 GB RAM platform, with an USB 3.0 controller and a 16 GB USB 3.0 ADATA S102 flash drive.

• Windows 7 x64en_windows_7_ultimate_with_sp1_x64_dvd_618240.iso

Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool v1.0.3000:08:10
Universal USB Installer v1.8.7.500:07:10
UNetbootin v1.1.1.100:06:20
RMPrepUSB v2.1.63800:04:10
WiNToBootic v1.200:03:35
Rufus v1.1.100:03:25
• Ubuntu 11.10 x86ubuntu-11.10-desktop-i386.iso

UNetbootin v1.1.1.100:01:45
RMPrepUSB v2.1.638 00:01:35
Universal USB Installer v1.8.7.500:01:20
Rufus v1.1.100:01:15
• Slackware 13.37 x86slackware-13.37-install-dvd.iso

UNetbootin v1.1.1.101:00:00+
Universal USB Installer v1.8.7.500:24:35
RMPrepUSB v2.1.63800:22:45
Rufus v1.1.100:20:15


AIO Boot Creator: как создать мультизагрузочный LiveUSB для Legacy и UEFI

Usb boot creator
Привет, друзья. Этой публикацией пополним копилку знаний нашего сайта об инструментах создания мультизагрузочного носителя. Ниже рассмотрим, как работать с бесплатной утилитой AIO Boot Creator. Эта утилита создаёт из флешки или внешнего жёсткого диска мультизагрузочный носитель AIOBoot, способный загружаться на компьютерах как со старой BIOS Legacy, так и с UEFI.

Плюс к этому, создавая носитель с совместимой с UEFI файловой системой FAT32, AIO Boot Creator своими средствами решает вопрос с записью на носитель файлов весом больше 4 Гб. Но более того: эта утилита реализует на носителе свою загрузочную среду, в которую мы можем добавлять какое-угодно самозагружаемое ПО и удалять его за ненадобности без перезаписи всего носителя.

И также мы сможем загружаться просто с загрузочных образов, добавленных на носитель или даже находящихся на внутреннем жёстком диске компьютера. Давайте рассмотрим возможности AIO Boot Creator.

Итак, друзья, что такое AIO Boot Creator? Это утилита, реализующая на внешнем носителе мультизагрузочный LiveUSB с названием AIOBoot – среду с загрузчиком Grub, которая может запускаться и на Legacy-, и на UEFI-компьютерах. Но это только загрузочная среда, содержимое LiveUSB мы определяем сами.

AIO Boot Creator, по сути, являет собой конструктор нашего собственного LiveUSB, который мы можем комплектовать установочными процессами операционных систем Windows, Linux и даже Mac OS. Так, загрузочная среда AIOBoot в числе пунктов загрузки предусматривает запуск загрузчика Clover.

Собственный LiveUSB мы также можем комплектовать различными антивирусными и аварийными LiveDisk’ами на базе Linux и WinPE. При этом мы можем интегрировать в LiveUSB дистрибутив самозагружаемого ПО, а можем просто запускать его с файлов образов ISO, WIM и VHD, находящихся на внешнем носителе или даже на внутреннем жёстком диске компьютера.

Вот так, друзья, выглядит загрузочная среда AIOBoot: в меню загрузчика Grub у нас будет множество пунктов запуска – интегрированное самозагружаемое ПО, установка Windows, запуск с образов, запуск с жёсткого диска, прочие пункты загрузки.

Такой LiveUSB, кстати, можно использовать в качестве мультизагрузчика компьютера. В числе пунктов загрузки будет rEFInd – загрузочная утилита, являющая собой загрузочное меню с графическим интерфейсом для выбора запуска операционных систем Windows, Linux и Mac.

Утилита AIO Boot Creator устанавливается непосредственно на флешку или внешний жёсткий диск, из которых мы хотим сделать мультизагрузочный LiveUSB.

А устанавливается с помощью утилиты AIO Boot Extractor, её можно скачать на официальном сайте проекта AIOBoot – Aioboot.Com. Запускаем AIO Boot Extractor.

Кстати, если у вас фильтр SmartScreen заблокирует запуск этой утилиты, жмите «Подробнее», затем – «Выполнить в любом случае».

Запускаем и приступаем к созданию мультизагрузочного LiveUSB.

Что делает AIO Boot Extractor? Эта утилита подготавливает наш носитель, чтобы он превратился в мультизагрузочный LiveUSB AIOBoot.

Она копирует на флешку или внешний диск файлы утилиты AIO Boot Creator и устанавливает загрузчик Grub. В окошке AIO Boot Extractor выбираем русский язык, указываем нужный носитель информации, если их несколько.

И форматируем его в FAT32. Форматированный в FAT32 наш мультизагрузочный носитель будет совместим и с Legacy, и с UEFI.

Далее устанавливаем загрузчик Grub. Пункт «Автоматическая установка загрузчика» активен по умолчанию, мы просто жмём «Ок» и ещё раз подтверждаем форматирование.

Ожидаем, пока выполнятся все необходимые операции – форматирование, установка загрузчика, копирование файлов AIO Boot Creator.

И перед нами появится утилита AIO Boot Creator. Впредь мы её сможем запускать с нашего мультизагрузочного LiveUSB, в корне носителя будет файл запуска утилиты. Первым делом зайдём в её настройки.

И установим для среды загрузчика Grub русский язык.

Далее нужно добавить в наш LiveUSB самозагружаемое ПО – дистрибутив процессов установки операционных систем и LiveDisk’ов. 

Чтобы добавить в LiveUSB дистрибутив, идём в раздел «Интеграция». Здесь выбираем сначала пакет, т.е. тип дистрибутива, например, Windows.

Потом выбираем вид дистрибутива этого типа, в нашем случае это будут установочные процессы Windows и LiveDisk’и на базе WinPE. Некоторые известные LiveDisk’и уже предусмотрены в этом меню, например, WinPE 10-8 Sergei Strelec, который я хочу добавить.

Далее добавляем ISO-образ этого WinPE. И жмём «Ок».

Ожидаем, пока образ запишется на носитель.


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