Rufus is a free tool to quickly create a bootable USB flash drive to upgrade or clean install Windows 11.
- The utility works similar to the Media Creation Tool, and you can provide an existing ISO file or download the files directly from the Microsoft servers.
- Unlike the Microsoft solution, Rufus not only allows you to create a USB installation media, but it does it faster, and you can even prepare a USB drive with an older version of Windows 10 and Windows 8.1.
- Also, starting with version 3.16, 3.17, and higher, there’s an “Extended” option to create a bootable USB that bypasses the security and memory requirements.
- In this guide, you will learn the steps to use Rufus to download the ISO file and create a bootable media to install Windows 11 from scratch.
To use Rufus to download the Windows 11 ISO file and create a bootable media, connect a USB flash drive with 8GB of space, and then use these steps:.
Open Rufus website. Under the “Download” section, click the link to download the latest version. Double-click the executable to launch the tool. Click the Settings button (third button from the left) a the bottom of the page.
Under the “Settings” section, use the “Check for updates” drop-down menu and select the Daily option. Click the Close button.
Click the Close button again. Open Rufus again. (Optional) Under the “Device” section, use the drop-down menu and select the USB flash drive to create the installation media.