How to create a Windows 10 bootable USB device using Rufus?

How many times this happened with you that you need a bootable USB device to boot into your PC and/or to do a fresh installation? You can easily get an ISO/DVD image of the Windows 10 installer but to use this you required to create a bootable USB/DVD device.


Earlier we have covered many articles building bootable drive with many tools. Today, we will learn how to create Windows 10 bootable device using Rufus.


Here's how to create a Windows 10 bootable USB device using Rufus


There are many software tools available online, which will help you to create a bootable USB device that you can use to install Windows 10. We have already covered few tools in the past, like: Microsoft USB Tool, WinUSB Maker and Zotac WinUSB Maker. Today we will learn how to create a Windows 10 bootable USB device using the Rufus USB maker.


Before starting with the process, let me give some inputs about the Rufus Tool. It is a free and open-source portable application for Microsoft Windows that can be used to format and create bootable USB flash drives or Live USBs. This tool was written in 'C' language by Pete Batard of Akeo Consulting.


This tool is specially useful when you need to create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, UEFI etc.) or you need to work on a system that doesn't have an OS installed. Here's how to create a bootable Windows 10 USB flash drive using Rufus:

  1. First you need to download the Rufus utility. You can directly get it from here.
  2. Once downloaded, run the standalone application.
  3. The UI of the application will allow you to select the USB device which you want to make bootable. Make sure that there are no important files in that device.
  4. Then change the Boot selection dropdown to Disk or ISO image.
  5. Click the Select button next to it and choose the ISO image that you want to use.
  6. Select the Image option to Standard Windows installation. Optionally you can select the Partition scheme and Target system. Better to leave them with the default values.
  7. Now provide a Volume label to the drive and select the File system. Make sure that you have selected the NTFS file system.
  8. You can optionally select the other options, but better to leave those with the default values.
  9. Now click on the START button, which will start the process to create a Windows 10 bootable USB drive from the selected ISO image.


Rufus utility UI


During the process, it will first format the selected drive. So, make sure that you took backup of important files from your USB device. Once it completes the process, you can use the said bootable USB to boot into Windows 10 installer and use it to install the operating system in any PC.