Create bootable media USB with Rufus

Have you tried installing Windows OS using a flash drive? in this article we’re going to tell you how to create a bootable media for your next Windows OS installation.

If your device, computer or laptop doesn’t have any DVD-slot or bringing a disc to your client to install their operating system is so old school, then you’ll need an alternative way to install those OS with an ease.

For creating a bootable media using USB Flash Drive, We need to download a utility tool called Rufus. So head over to this link then we’ll walk-through the installation.


Once it’s done, just open the executable app and run it, no installation is necessary as the application is ready to use. Keep in mind that you should create a bootable media with a system of at least Windows 7 or later for you to proceed.

Plug-in your USB flash drive (at least 8Gb storage), Rufus will automatically detect your device ready for format/installation.

Once the flash drive is detected, click the ‘SELECT’ button in the Boot selection tab and browse your Windows ISO file. If you don’t have the ISO file yet then no worries, you can download the latest Windows ISO build using the official Media Creation Tool.

After that, you’re going to verify what partition scheme to be used. to make it short. ‘MBR’ or Master Boot Record disks is and old to manage the partitions, you should select this for old device(s) (eg. Desktop PC with Core2Duo processor) which has standard BIOS.

Partition Scheme: MBR

‘GPT’ or GUID Partition Table disks use the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) which is the latest standard for managing partitions, thus if you have the modern device(s), laptops and alike then you should select this as your partition scheme.

Partition Scheme: GPT

Click the ‘START’ when you’re ready., a pop-up notification will appear with a warning that you’re flash drive will lose all of its data. Only data on your flash drive will be destroyed as it’ll be formatted as a bootable media, click ‘OK’ to continue with this operation.

After few minutes, a green bar will be filled the status and you’re flash drive should be ready to install Windows.

Then go ahead, make your flash drive as a primary boot thru BIOS (for a while) or press boot menu key (eg. F8, F11, etc.) when your computer starts, and install Windows.