Free Program To Create Bootable USB Pen Drive

toggle-button

With Windows 10 now available for free to users of Windows 7 or later, you may be eager to try it. If your PC hasn't yet offered you the free download, you can always get the .ISO file directly from Microsoft at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 if you don't mind using 3GB of bandwidth.

Once you have the file, you'll need to burn it to a DVD disk or a bootable USB stick. The USB option is often easier, and it means you can carry the stick drive in your pocket if you need to update the PCs of friends and colleagues.

To turn a .ISO file into a bootable USB device, you can use the official Microsoft media creation tool mentioned on the above-linked page. However, a freeware program called Rufus is actually easier and faster. Plus, it lets you format the USB drive in GPT format, which may be useful if your PC's hard disk is also in the same format.

You'll find Rufus at https://rufus.akeo.ie/ and the download is only around 1 MB. It's portable so there's nothing to install, and the program is malware-free according to VirusTotal and Web of Trust.

For formatting USB sticks, and especially for creating a bootable USB pen drive from a .ISO file, Rufus is definitely a useful addition to your PC toolkit.

 

Please rate this article: 

Your rating: None
4
Average: 4 (11 votes)

Comments

I downloaded Rufus but do not know what I am supposed to put into the 1st, 2nd & 4th text fields. I am running a Windows 7x64 system with a 500GB NTFS formatted main system hard disk. I also do not know what GPT is. Please help.

I was just looking around for a program like the that when the email about this program arrived. Definitly appropriate for now.

"...or whatever"?? You can use this to download Linux! This might be a better alternative to UNetbootin.

Have a look at the bottom of their page for the ISOs it works on.

Rob, you need to clarify exactly how to download the ISO since the page at your link does not specifically indicate where to actually click to download an ISO but instead apparently initiates a multiple choice exam without explanation.

One magically runs Rufus at some unknown point - but the link you give does the actual install of Win 10 as well ... somehow. Judging from previous WIN installations, it will not be crystal clear what the outcomes of the presented choices will be, so a brief roadmap would be useful.

I've used Rufus for some time now, and lately taking advantage of the GPT as my working drive is over 2 gig. Highly recommended and simply to use, excellent and it's free!