Create Rufus USB Flash Drive

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Create Rufus USB Flash Drive

»» 02.MAI.2016 / updated: 21.SEPT.2017/

Create Rufus USB Flash Drive: For faster installation of Windows, the very good method is, if you copy on a USB Flash Drive (flashdrive is faster than pendrive).

What you need

  1. A 8 GB (or larger) flash drive.
  2. ISO file You can download the Win 10 ISO...
  3. Windows 10 license key legal (or Win8, 8.1 Key).
  4. The free program (865 KB) Rufus...

For Windows in the box

Windows 10 purchased in IT stores, is on DVD in the box, so you will need to convert it to ISO format.


In existing Windows ISO case

All you have to do is download the free Rufus program (July 12, 2021) from the Internet, and in a few steps, write the ISO file created or obtained from the Internet, to the USB flash drive (or flash drive).


Why the little Rufus program?

Because it is unbeatable against its competitors. Complete the Windows 10 task in just 3 minutes. He does a precise job. It has only 865 KB. Can be used without installation.


More detailed description

1.) Connect the prepared flash memory (or flash drive) to an empty USB port on your computer. Caution: Save all data on the flash drive if necessary, as everything will be deleted.

Connect a flash drive of at least 8 GB

2.) Start the downloaded Rufus program (can be used without installation) to write the ISO file created on the connected USB device. The USB device is automatically detected immediately and listed in the top entry of Device Properties.

3.) Under Boot Selection click the SELECT button.

the USB device is recognized immediately

4.) In the File Manager that appears, locate the ISO file that you created for Windows and click the Open button.

locate the ISO file

5.) The ISO image is displayed immediately when the Rufus program loads the selected file.

6.) The entries "Partition scheme" and "Target system" must be selected in the same way as in the image below, if the program does not automatically recommend these modes.

select the NTFS file system

7.) In "Format Options", you can enter any name under the Volume label entry or leave the name specified by the program. Under the File system entry, select the NTFS file system instead of "FAT32 (Standard)" for formatting.

8.) Finally, to create a bootable Windows system, click the START button at the bottom.

click the START button at the bottom

9.) A warning window will appear: All data will be deleted from the device. Do you continue?

If you have not yet saved important data from the USB drive, you can now stop the process and save the contents of the flashdrive to another partition, or another external drive, thus preventing data loss. Click OK to begin the process.

warning window

10.) The ISO file extraction will start. It only takes 4-5 minutes to write to flashdrive, and the end result is an automatically bootable Windows 10 system.

Start extracting the ISO file to flashdrive

11.) When finished, the rufus program will remind you in a message window to deactivate the "SECURE BOOT" option. For now, click Close.

12.) Finally, the window appears informing you that it is finished (READY). You can close the Rufus program window permanently, where you click Close.

Finally Write Done


To disable (or start) "SECURE BOOT":

Quick Tip: You can disable the "SECURE BOOT" option in the BIOS after you close the Rufus program, and close all other programs or folders. Restart the computer and hold down the F2 or DEL key, then look for "SECURE BOOT" or a similar entry in the BIOS window that appears and set "Disabled" (to exit, press the F10 key on the keyboard).

you must enable secure boot for installation


Finally, a good tip:

Caution: When finished, do not remove the flash memory from the USB port, as the NTFS file system with the data on it may disappear. Right-click the USB icon next to the clock and select the Safely Remove Hardware (or similar entry) link from the mouse menu. If it is still damaged, here is a description of how to repair the USB drive ... Or: Repair from the Command Line ...

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