Installing Windows and other OS like Linux through a disk is not always possible as there are situations when you don’t have access to the CD drive, in those cases what you will need is the USB drive. Since almost all systems, today, come up with a USB port, you can install an OS using USB drive too.
We have talked about certain tools in the past that can help in creating bootable USB drives, here is another such tool called Rufus, which will help you in creating one easily. This tool will come handy in situations when you don’t have a CD drive in the computer but are required to install an OS or in cases when you wish to install the OS faster as installing the OS from CD takes time as compared to USB drive.
Rufus is a small utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc.
It can be especially useful for cases where:
• You need to create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, etc.)
• You need to work on a system that doesn’t have an OS installed
• You need to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS
• You want to run a low-level utility
The interface of Rufus is quite clean and almost similar to the USB drive format wizard. What you need to do, to be able to make the USB drive bootable, is that select the option of “Create a bootable disk using ISO image” but be sure that you have first created the ISO image of the OS installation setup.
To create an ISO image of the OS, you can make use of any image burner like Nero, CDBurnerXP etc and create an ISO image first. Then browse for this image, select the ISO image option in Rufus, and click Start.
Rufus can also be used to format the drive and clean bad sectors. It is a direct executable file and no installation is required. The tool is free to use and is compatible on all versions of Windows both 32 and 64 bit.