In this guide, we are going to show you how to create a bootable USB flash drive using Rufus. You even can use Rufus to create a Live USB. A Live USB allows you to boot into an operating system directly from the USB drive. This feature offers certain advantages because sometimes our computers run into certain errors. Having a Live USB or a bootable USB drive allows us to start the computer directly from the USB drive. It also allows you to repair your operating system. Creating a bootable USB drive is not just about saving the .ISO file inside the USB drive. This process is a little more complex than that. Please note that when we are talking about USB drives it does not matter if it is a hard disk or a USB flash drive. Because for practical purposes all of them are same.
To use Rufus, you need to have a Windows PC and a USB drive. Unfortunately, Rufus doesn’t support any other operating system. If you don't have a Windows PC, you can try an alternative like Disk Imager. You will also need to have an Internet connection that allows you to download the ISO file of the OS that you are going to install on the USB drive. Once these things ready, you can download Rufus from its official website and install it on your PC. As you can see from the following screenshot, the interface of Rufus is very simple.
Without further ado, let's see how to create the bootable USB drive. First, plug your USB into your PC and launch Rufus. If the USB is connected to your PC, Rufus will automatically detect it instantly when it is launched. You can confirm this by checking Rufus's main screen. When you launch Rufus for the first time, it will ask you if you want to update it to the latest version. We highly recommend that since it improves the stability of the software.
After that, you have to get the ISO file of the OS that you are going to install. Rufus also allows you to download the ISO file within the software but we recommend that you download the ISO file manually. Once you have the ISO file with you, launch Rufus and then locate the ISO file from inside Rufus. After that, click on the “Start” button. It may take some time to create your bootable USB drive. Do not plug out the USB drive from your PC while Rufus is creating the USB drive. Once the process is done, it will show you a message and then you can plug out the USB from PC.