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Creating A Bootable Usb On Windows

Posted on Tuesday 24th April 2018

What is a Bootable USB

A bootable USB is a USB attached media, which you can use as a boot device for a computer, this includes usb thumb drives and usb external hard drive enclosures.

Having a bootable USB drive enables you to:

There are also many other interesting and niche usages.

How to do this

1. Download Rufus

Rufus is a tool for writing images to USB drives in windows, download the latest version from https://rufus.akeo.ie/downloads/

2. Obtain Your .iso File

Can be any .iso file you wish, for this example I will use the Ubuntu iso. Download the latest version from https://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop

3. Launch Rufus

When launching Rufus you will be greeted with the following small window.


After a few moments the USB will be written, you can then boot off the USB by restarting the computer and selecting the USB as the boot device during the boot process.