Rufus is a program for formatting and creating bootable flash sticks, USB keys and memory cards running Windows XP or later. Despite its small size, Rufus provides everything you need to create an installation flash stick with a bootable ISO image with various operating systems or DOS firmware.
Rufus formats and checks for damaged cells in USB sticks significantly faster than its counterparts. According to the program’s authors, Rufus is three times faster than the famous UNetbootin. It is possible to change the size of the partitions in the flash stick (Add Fixes for Old BIOSes in Format Options). If your computer is so old that it can’t detect a USB stick, this option often helps.
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Rufus can create bootable flash sticks for the following operating systems: Arch Linux, Archbang, BartPE / builder, CentOS, Damn Small Linux, Fedora, FreeDOS, Gentoo, gNewSense, Hiren’s Boot CD, LiveXP, Knoppix, Kubuntu, Linux Mint, NT Password Registry Editor, OpenSUSE, Parted Magic, Slackware, Tails, Trinity Rescue Kit, Ubuntu, Ultimate Boot CD, Windows XP (SP2 or later), Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1. License: Free (GPLv3 ).
Changes in Rufus 3.22
- Add SHA-1 and SHA-256 x86 acceleration on CPUs that support it
- Add an option to disable BitLocker device encryption in the Windows User Experience dialogue
- Add a cheat mode (Ctrl-P) to preserve the log between sessions
- Fix potential media creation errors by forcing the unmount of stale WIM images
- Fix possible access errors in ISO → ESP mode by forcing Large FAT32 formatting
- Fix user-specified label not being preserved on error/cancel
- Fix some large SSD devices being listed by default
- Fix processing of Rock Ridge CE fields
- Work around the use of Rock Ridge symbolic links for Linux firmware packages (Debian)
- Remove the ISO download feature on Windows 7
Changes in Rufus 3.21
- Allow the provision of an arbitrary local account username
- Improve Windows version reporting from ISO/.wim
- Update UEFI: NTFS’ NTFS drivers to v1.4 and exFAT drivers to v1.9
- Switch to remote download for nonstandard GRUB (Fedora 37, openSUSE Live, GeckoLinux)
- Fix UEFI: NTFS partition not being set in MBR mode for ISOs with a >4GB file (UwUntu)
- Fix GRUB support for Arch and derivatives when a non-FAT compliant label is used
- Fix incorrect detection of GRUB with nonstandard prefixes
- Fix tab order not working on the Windows Use Experience dial