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How to Create a Bootable USB Drives to Install Any OS

Probably you have landed here just because of searching about How to Create a Bootable USB Drives to Install Any OS . For the Beginners I would like to suggest check out the following terms.

How to Create a Bootable USB Drives to Install Any OS

 

What is Bootable USB?

Bootable USB is similar to a Windows Installation CD. It helps to boot from the USB PENDRIVE OR PORTABLE HDD. It is used to install a new Windows in Laptop as well as Desktop Computers.

 

What is ISO image file?

An ISO image file is a same copy of the data and layout of a CD or DVD, saved in ISO-9660 format. ISO image files are widely used for storing CD content.

Here we what is required ? The ISO image file of the required Operating System!

  • ISO is a common CD image format for DOS,
  • Windows (Joliet ISO extension),
  • Linux (RockRidge ISO extension)
  • etc…

 

Once you have  downloaded the ISO file for the OS that you want to install, you will then need to download a free tool called as Rufus which will help you to create a Bootable USB flash drives from an ISO image.

 

Download Rufus :

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After downloading the both ISO image file and Rufus . Perform the following steps to create Bootable USB :

  • Step 1 : Insert a pendrive  minimum of 4 GB.
  • Step 2:    Click right click on  Rufus.exe  and click on “Run as Administrator” to get the administrator rights on                    Windows

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  • Step 3:     If you have already inserted the Pendrive it will automatically detect you USB other wise insert it now as it will automatically detect and then select the USB Flash Drive. Here USB of 32 GB named ATECHLAB is selected.

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How to Create a Bootable USB Drives to Install Any OS
  • Step 3:     For the Partition scheme select any of the following ,but please select the given option from the given screen shot

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Select “ MBR partition scheme for BIOS or UEFI computers “ for BIOS boot mode Select “ GPT partition scheme for UEFI computer ” for UEFI boot mode.

 

  • Step 4: Select the NTFS file system if your OS’s  ISO file is more than 4GB in size .

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  • Step 5: Leave the cluster size as default.

 

  • Step 6: Under the format options select the following sub steps :

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Select the “ Quick Format “ option. Select the “ Create extended label and icon files “ option. Select the “ Create a bootable disk using “ option.

 

  • Step 7: Click on the  CD-Disk icon (In the green outline) to select the ISO file.

 

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  • Step 8: Finally verify all the above settings and click on the Start button to write the Bootable ISO onto the USB flash drive.

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Similarly you can also follow the above steps for creating Bootable USB drives for other operating systems such as Linux and the latest Windows versions.

 

NOTE : The Free space on the USB drive is usable, You can keep any files other than the bootable files.

 

Now you can connect the USB flash drive to your PC and carry on with installing the OS.

 

 

 

List of Operating Systems supported by Rufus :
Here is a list of operating systems that are officially supported by Rufus.

  • Arch Linux
  • Archbang
  • BartPE/pebuilder
  • CentOS
  • Damn Small Linux
  • Fedora
  • FreeDOS
  • Gentoo
  • GParted
  • gNewSense
  • Hiren’s Boot CD
  • LiveXP
  • Knoppix
  • KolibriOS
  • Kubuntu
  • Linux Mint
  • NT Password Registry Editor
  • OpenSUSE
  • Parted Magic
  • Partition Wizard
  • ReactOS
  • rEFInd
  • Slackware
  • Tails
  • Trinity Rescue Kit
  • Ubuntu
  • Ultimate Boot CD
  • Windows XP (SP2+)
  • Windows Server 2003 R2
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 10

 

 

 

Some Important Links brought from Rufus Official Website!

 

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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About Abhishek Gautam

I am a technology enthusiastic, Researcher, Computer Engineer as well as the mind behind the atechlab.net – The Ultimate Cyber Tech Lab!

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