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how to use Rufus to create a bootable USB disk

23 mayo, 2021

Although there are many methods to create a bootable USB disk for Windows, or Linux, or with multiple operating systems at the same time, one of the simplest and fastest is to do it using Rufus.

Rufus is a free and open source utility that can be used to create USB bootable discs from ISO files, like any version of Windows or Linux, and recently it also allows us to download the image of Windows 8 or Windows 10 to make the process even easier.

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How to create a Windows 10 bootable USB disk with Rufus

Requirements:

  • A USB port on your computer

  • A pendrive of at least 8 GB

  • Windows 7 or any later version

  • Download Rufus 3.5

Step by Step:

  • Connect your pendrive to your computer and make sure to back up any important files on it before continuing, since this process will erase all the data it contains.
  • Run the file rufus-3.5.exe that we downloaded (it does not need installation since it is a portable utility)
  • In the Rufus window select your drive from the list of devices:
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  • If you’ve already downloaded your Windows 10 ISO file, then click TO SELECT and navigate to the location where it is saved using Windows Explorer.

  • If you want download the Windows 10 ISO using Rufus click the down arrow next to the select button to switch to DOWNLOAD:

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  • Click on the DOWNLOAD button and wait a few seconds for a new window to appear to select the operating system:
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  • Choose Windows 10 in this case and click on Continue.

  • Then you must select the “release” or version of Windows 10. We recommend that you select the most recent (you can see the release dates next to the version) to avoid having to update Windows later. Then click on “Continue”.

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  • Select the Windows 10 edition, either “Home / Pro” or “Education.” Remember that this will depend on the type of license you have. If in doubt, always select “Home / Pro” which are the ones used by individual users.

  • Click on “Continue” to choose the language and then the architecture. Choose x64 unless you have a computer that is too old.

  • Finally, select “Download“and a folder where to save your ISO using the file explorer.

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  • Wait for the download process to finish and finally select the “Partition Scheme” as “MBR”. The “Target System” as “BIOS UEFI” and the “File System” as in FAT32 and click “START”.

  • When the green bar in the window reaches the end, the process will be finished and you can now use your pendrive to install Windows 10 on that or another computer.