How To Create A Bootable USB Drive For Installing Windows

As we all know, newer laptops don’t have DVD ROMs. That’s mainly because modern laptops are very thin and there is no space for DVD ROMs. And also, most of the software that used to be distributed by CD or DVDs are now downloadable. Therefore, DVD ROMs are no longer required. However, when it comes to operating systems, this is different because you can’t install an operating system like you install a software. In this article, I am going to show you how you can easily install an operating system using a USB flash drive. This guide will be useful for those who don’t have DVD ROMs on their laptops. So without any further ado, let’s get into it.

Rufus is a program that we can use to create a fully functional bootable USB drive. It is an open-source software and you can download Rufus directly from their official website. The developer of Rufus claims that it is twice faster than other similar softwares. It also has a portable version that you can carry on a USB drive. Rufus doesn’t support many file types, which means you can only use ISO images to create bootable USB drives. But, this is not a big deal as almost every operating system comes in ISO format. Rufus also has the ability to download the ISO files of operating systems on its own. Now let’s see how to create a bootable USB flash drive using Rufus.

  1. First of all, you should download the latest version of Rufus from their website. You also can download Rufus from GitHub. I urge you to download the portable version because it requires no installation.
  2. After downloading, simply launch the program. As I mentioned in the previous step, Rufus portable requires no installation. If you still haven’t downloaded the ISO file yet, you can do so using Rufus.
  3. After that, you have the plug the USB drive into your computer. Rufus will automatically detect it within a few seconds. At the very top of the program, in the “Device” field, make sure that your flash drive is selected on which you want to copy the Windows installation files. If you want, you can also, customize the “Partitioning Scheme” and “Target system” fields.
  4. After that locate the ISO file using Rufus. Leave the rest of the settings unchanged and click on the “START” button to start the process. Once this is done, you will have a fully working bootable USB flash drive.