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Felix Cheng
Bootable USB creation utility which supports ISO image files for a number of new and old BIOS and operating systems including Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Android and others
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Free Freeware
Pete Batard
Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Dec 6, 2018
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Rufus is a freeware tool for formatting USB disks so that they may be used to install alternative operating systems to run a live distribution of Linux. It also supports the creation of a MS-DOS (or other flavor of DOS) boot disk.

The menus here in Rufus are similar to those which may be found in Microsoft's own Windows formatting wizard. Rufus allows you to select the type of format (NTFS, FAT32, FAT, exFAT). It can also do a check for errors on your media and perform an optional "Quick Foramt" just like Windows' native format tool.

Another interesting feature here is the ability to create a FreeDOS boot-able disk which allows for the installation of Windows ME, Windows 98 and even Windows 95.

Lastly, in order to use this tool, the BIOS on the system which you would like to use it must be able to boot from a USB device or an external drive.

Rufus is software which can create bootable disks.

Features and highlights
  • Create USB installation media from bootable ISOs
  • Supports Windows, Linux, EFI, etc.
  • Allows for work on a system that doesn't have an OS installed
  • Useful to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS
  • Useful if you want to run a low-level utility
Compability and license

Rufus is licensed as freeware for the Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system / platform from disk management without restrictions. Rufus 3.4 is available to all software users as a free download (Freeware).

Filed under:
  1. Rufus Download
  2. Freeware Disk Management
  3. Open source and GPL software

Compatibility with this bootable USB creator software may vary, but will generally run fine under Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. A separate x64 version of Rufus may be available from Pete Batard. This download was signed by Akeo Consulting and distributed as rufus-3.4.exe.

Rufus has been picked by our editors as very good.
Rufus has been tested for viruses and malware.
We have tested Rufus 3.4 against malware with several different programs. We certify that this program is clean of viruses, malware and trojans.

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