I am betting that most of you would agree with me when I say that “Windows is one of the best Operating System right now.” and thanks to Rufus for providing a very easy and straightforward way to help us install the newest version available on our computers and laptops with the use of a USB flash drive. Rufus is a software that helps us “create bootable USB drives the easy way” as they have claimed, and they are committed to deliver that promise! So basically, what Rufus does is it does the formatting to create bootable USB flash drives so we can use it to install the Windows 10 ISO instead of using the traditional CD-ROM or floppy disk drives.
Fear not, because this software is very simple and easy to use. And Rufus just had some pretty good updates on the newest version which allows you to download the Windows ISO image directly from the software that makes it very convenient for everyone to DIY (Do-It-Yourself).
So, without further ado, let’s get started!
Step 1: Go to Rufus’ official website (https://rufus.ie/)
Step 2: Download the latest version of the software
- Click on the latest version and wait for it to start the download
So currently as I am downloading this software, the latest version is Rufus 3.8 which was updated last September 16, 2019. It should only take a few seconds for it to finish downloading.
Step 3: Open the file
- Go to Downloads
- Look for rufus-3.8 (or whichever version you have opted to download)
- Right click and click on “Run as Administrator”
- A window will pop-up with the message: “Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?” just click on “Yes”
What I like about Rufus is that you do not need to install the software on your computer or laptop for you to be able to use it (which is usually an essential part of the process for you to be able to use the software).
Step 4: Plug in your USB flash drive and Open the window for Rufus
To make sure that your USB flash drive is detected by the software, double check that you have properly plugged it into your computer or laptop, and that you should see at the bottom part of the window that it says “1 device found”.
Keep in mind that your USB flash drive should have more than 8GB of storage to make this work. Luckily, I had a 16GB storage for my USB flash drive so this should be good to go.
Step 5: Choose the device
This is applicable only when you have more than one USB flash drive plugged into your computer or laptop. In my case I only have one USB flash drive plugged into my laptop, so it was already pre-selected.
Step 6: Boot Selection
- Just leave it as is with the “Disk or ISO image” as pre-selected
The “SELECT” button allows us to choose a Windows ISO file from our computer or laptop. But nothing to worry about, because here’s the real deal… If unfortunately, you don’t have the Windows ISO file readily available for you:
- just tick the icon for the dropdown
- and select “DOWNLOAD”
- Go ahead and click “DOWNLOAD” (the word itself and not the icon beside it)
This should prompt the software to start the download of the Windows ISO file.
Your Rufus window should look a bit grayed out and you can see on the Status section that it is “Running download script…” when it starts to download the ISO image. After a few minutes, you should be able to choose the ISO image.
Step 7: Download ISO image pop up window
For the Version:
- Select “Windows 10”
- And then click ”Continue”
For the Release:
- You can choose a different version of the Windows 10 by clicking on the dropdown box
- You can leave it with the pre-selected version which is 19H1 (Build 18362.30 – 2019.05) since it is the latest one
- Then click “Continue”
For the Edition:
- You can just leave it as is with the pre-selected edition which is Windows 10 Home/Pro
- Then click “Continue”
For the Language:
- You can just leave it as is with the pre-selected language which is English International
- If you would prefer a different language, just choose your preferred language from the dropdown list
- Then click “Continue”
For the Architecture:
- If you have a 32 bit of computer or laptop then you should choose x86
- And if you have a 64 bit of computer or laptop then choose the x64
You have two options to download the ISO image:
- Via browser
- Via Rufus software
Should you wish to download the ISO image via browser:
- Just tick the box for “Download using a browser”
But since we want to maximize the use of the Rufus software:
- Just untick the box for “Download using a browser”
- And click “Download”
- Then choose the location where you want to save the Windows 10 ISO image file
- Then click “Save”
The download will start and you can check the progress in the Status section. This might take a while so just be patient. Mine took around an hour and a half.
Once the download is finished, you should be able to select the file for under the Boot Selection.
Step 8: Image Option
- You can just leave it as is with the pre-selected option which is the Standard Windows Installation
Step 9: Partition Scheme
This should be able to detect the type of partition scheme that your computer or laptop has and it is usually the pre-selected option.
You can double-check your partition scheme by pulling up your Disk Management Tool:
- Search for “Create and format hard disk partitions” on your computer or laptop
- Right click on the Disk where your Windows is installed
- Click Properties
- Click Volumes
- Look where it says “Partition Style”
- Then it shows whether you have a GPT or MBR
- Then choose either MBR or GPT for your partition scheme
Step 10: Target System
- You can just leave it as is with the pre-selected option, since this will auto-populate depending on which partition system you will choose.
With the GPT partition scheme, it has pre-selected UEFI (non CSM).
Step 11: Volume Label
- Label it as you wish
Step 12: File System Type
- You can just leave it as is with the pre-selected option which is the NTFS
Step 13: Cluster Size
- Choose the size in Default
Then finally, go ahead and click START! This will then start creating a Windows 10 bootable USB flash drive.