Create Bootable Image

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Rufus is a utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc.

You can create a bootable USB flash drive to use to deploy Windows Server Essentials. The first step is to prepare the USB flash drive by using DiskPart, which is a command-line utility. For information about DiskPart, see DiskPart Command-Line Options.

It can be especially useful for cases where: .

you need to create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, UEFI, etc.). you need to work on a system that doesn't have an OS installed.

For additional scenarios in which you may want to create or use a bootable USB flash drive, see the following topics:

To create a bootable USB flash drive

  1. you need to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS.

  2. you want to run a low-level utility. Despite its small size, Rufus provides everything you need!

  3. Oh, and Rufus is fast. For instance it's about twice as fast as UNetbootin, Universal USB Installer or Windows 7 USB download tool, on the creation of a Windows 7 USB installation drive from an ISO.

  4. It is also marginally faster on the creation of Linux bootable USB from ISOs. (1) A non exhaustive list of Rufus supported ISOs is also provided at the bottom of this page. Last updated 2022.03.11:. Rufus 3.18(1.3 MB). Rufus 3.18 Portable(1.3 MB). Windows 7 or later, 32 or 64 bit doesn't matter.

  5. Once downloaded, the application is ready to use. I will take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the translators who made it possible for Rufus, as well as this webpage, to be translated in various languages.

  6. If you find that you can use Rufus in your own language, you should really thank them! Download the executable and run it – no installation is necessary.

  7. The executable is digitally signed and the signature should state: . "Akeo Consulting" (v1.3.0 or later). "Pete Batard - Open Source Developer" (v1.2.0 or earlier).

  8. If you create a DOS bootable drive and use a non-US keyboard, Rufus will attempt to select a keyboard layout according to the locale of your system.

  9. In that case, FreeDOS, which is the default selection, is recommended over MS-DOS, as it supports more keyboard layouts.

    All versions of Rufus since v1.1.0 allow the creation of a bootable USB from an ISO image (.iso).

    Creating an ISO image from a physical disc or from a set of files is very easy to do however, through the use of a CD burning application, such as the freely available InfraRecorder or CDBurnerXP. A Rufus FAQ is available HERE.

  10. To provide feedback, report a bug or request an enhancement, please use the GitHub issue tracker.

  11. Or you can send an e-mail. GNU General Public License (GPL) version 3 or later.You are free to distribute, modify or even sell the software, insofar as you respect the GPLv3 license.

  12. Rufus is produced in a 100% transparent manner, from its public source, using a MinGW32 environment.

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