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Rufus is a boot USB maker utility, that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pen drives, 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.), to work on a system that doesn’t have an OS installed, to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS or when you need to run a low-level utility.

If you ever wondered how to boot from an NTFS partition in order to install a Windows ISO, Rufus is the answer. Simply select your Windows ISO, set the “partition scheme” to “GPT partition scheme”, “Target system” to “UEFI (non CSM)”, and select “NTFS” as file system. This info is from people who have a UEFI board. If you have legacy BIOS, select “MBR” and “BIOS (or UEFI-CSM)”. (To check if you have UEFI or Legacy BIOS, simply open “Run” from the Start menu or click on Windows and R buttons together on your keyboard, enter “msinfo32″, and in “Item” column look for BIOS Mode)

Non exhaustive list of ISOs Rufus is known to work with:

Arch Linux, Archbang, BartPE/pebuilder, CentOS, Damn Small Linux, Debian, Fedora, FreeDOS, FreeNAS, Gentoo, GParted, gNewSense, Hiren’s Boot CD, LiveXP, Knoppix, KolibriOS, Kubuntu, Linux Mint, NT Password Registry Editor, Parted Magic, Partition Wizard, Raspbian, ReactOS, Red Hat, rEFInd, Slackware, Super Grub2 Disk, Tails, Trinity Rescue Kit, Ubuntu, Ultimate Boot CD, Windows XP (SP2+), Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7,Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows 10, Windows Server 2016

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Last Update: October 19, 2023

Current Version: 4.3.2090.0

License: Freeware

Languages: Multiple Languages

Supported Operating Systems:
Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10 (32-Bit, 64-Bit)

Developer: Pete Batard


Disclaimer: The direct download links we provided to you for this software are from the official author's website, therefore we can't guarantee safety, availability, or download speeds. We will look into all download options for your software: online installer, full offline installer (mostly exe or msi, and in rare cases - iso, or torrent), or portable edition (mostly zip, or rar). Moreover, we don't and we won't provide any pirated/illegal versions or tools. We recommend that you avoid using these methods as these methods can harm your device. If you like this software, buy it to support its developers.