How to make a bootable USB Flash Drive for Windows 7, windows 8 or windows 10

In this short post i will show you how you can create a bootable usb pen drive or flashdrive from an ISO Image using a small yet handy utility named Rufus.

What is Rufus?

Rufus is a handy utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, Pendrives, Memory sticks, etc.


1.Download Rufus Here.

2.Double click on the  Rufus icon on your desktop or where you stored it after the download.

3.When the Rufus windows pops up, leave everything as default.

4.From "Create a bootable disk using",click the drop down button and choose
ISO Image.

5.Click on the icon with the CD on it and browse for your ISO image (mine is on the desktop).

6.Click on the ISO image (windows 7) and click open.

7.Click start to begin the process.

8.You will be prompted with a pop window like below, this will format your usb drive so make sure you have all your data backed up and then click ok.

9.The process will start.

10.After the process finishes,a window pops up like below, click close.

10.Congrats!!, You have just created a bootable windows 7 usb drive.

11.Now you need to set your computer to boot from USB in the B.I.O.S by hitting the restart button and pressing Delete as the computer boots up.

Getting into the B.I.O.S for your computer.

1.Insert your Usb drive into your computer usb port.

2.Restart your computer and as soon as it boots up press DELETE key (this will work for most computers, please see this post here on SHORTCUT KEYS  i did )..If the Delete key don`t work repeat and try with the F2 key.

2.Once you are in the C.M.O.S setup go to ADVANCED BIOS FEATURES

3.At the "FIRST BOOT DEVICE",press enter and set USB DRIVE as the First Boot Device, this will boot your computer from the usb flash drive after a restart.

4.Restart your computer and press any button and your computer should boot from the usb drive.

N.B:Rufus can be used to create a bootable USB drive from any iso image and in this example we used a windows 7 iso image which was create with poweriso.

My next post will show you how to create an ISO image using Poweriso.

1 comment: said...

Oh, what a detailed and accurate descriprion! I cannot think of a better help for me in this tough process!