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Rufus 3.5

Easily create bootable USB drives from ISO images

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8
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Languages: English, Chinese (Simplified), Indonesian, Malay, Portuguese (Portugal)
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 28 March 2019
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Developer: Pete Batard
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Rufus
Easily create bootable USB drives from ISO images

Rufus is a simple utility which makes it easy to build bootable USB drives from ISO images.

Of course if you have an ISO image then you could simply burn this to a CD or DVD. This won't help you much if your target system doesn't have an optical drive, though. USB keys are also easier to carry around, less likely to be damaged, and faster, which may be important if you need to use the disc often.

Rufus doesn't require any installation, and is generally very straightforward to set up. It'll automatically detect your USB drive, for instance, so you may not have to select that. Getting started could be as simple as browsing to your ISO image and clicking the "Start" button: the program will then walk you through everything else it needs to know.

If you need more control, though, you're able to configure how the USB drive will be formatted (file system, cluster size and so on). There's now support for both UEFI and GPT boots. And the program even includes some advanced format options which may help your drive be recognised on older PCs, although normally these shouldn't be necessary.

And if this is a task you need to carry out often, then you'll be pleased to hear that Rufus is reasonably speedy. We created a bootable USB version of the Windows 8 Professional image, for instance, and found the program was around 25% faster than another popular boot drive creator, UNetbootin.

Version 3.5 (changelog):

Add a feature to download official retail Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 ISOs
(Note: 'Check for updates' must be enabled for the above to be active)
Add Windows To Go support for MCT generated Windows ISOs
Add a notice about the 'WppRecorder.sys' Microsoft bug for Windows 10 1809 ISOs
Add a notice about trying to format a drive larger than 2 TB in MBR mode
Add a notice about Legacy boot when trying to boot UEFI-only media in Legacy mode
Report the full PID and command line of potentially blocking processes in the log
Fix a potential silent abort when the drive is in use
Fix 'Quick Format' option always being activated
Fix potential change of the selected file system after an ISO has been loaded
Fix Win7 x64 EFI bootloader not being extracted in dual BIOS+UEFI mode (Alt-E)

Verdict:

Rufus is an easy-to-use and configurable tool which quickly creates bootable USB drives from ISO images.

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This is the latest version of Windows May 2019 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

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Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

May 2019 Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

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