How to create bootable USB drives to install(virtually) any OS

Earlier his week, I showed you guys how to install Windows OS on a PC. Today, I’ll be showing you how to install ANY OPERATING SYSTEM on your PC.

This would especially come really handy for PC users whose PC’s do not have optical drives or for those who do not like the idea of carrying OS installation CD’s .

PLUS, its faster!

If you’re new to computers and all these… OS, PC and Installing stuff…Do not worry. Here is the meaning to all the terms and abbreviation used in the post.

OS – Operating System e.g Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Chrome OS e.t.c

PC – Personal Computer

UEFI – Unified Extensible Firmware Interface

BIOS – Basic Input/Output System

DOS – Disk Operating System

So, lets cut to the chase…

Since manufactures have not provide a way to create inbuilt bootable OS , we’re left sourcing for third-party applications that help create these bootable USB disks.

CREATE BOOTABLE DRIVES EASILY WITH RUFUS.

Rufus is a 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, UEFI, 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

Despite its small size, Rufus provides everything you need!

Oh, and Rufus is fast. For instance it’s about twice as fast as UNetbootin, Universal USB Installer or Windows 7 USB download tool, on the creation of a Windows 7 USB installation drive from an ISO. It is also marginally faster on the creation of Linux bootable USB from ISOs.

DOWNLOAD RUFUS by clicking DOWNLOAD.

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System Requirements:

Windows XP or later, 32 or 64 bit doesn’t matter. Once downloaded, the application is ready to use. Works on all latest versions of windows.

Usage:

Download the executable and run it – no installation is necessary.

Here is an infographic on all the steps taken to create a bootable USB disk…

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Click on Start to format your USB drive and extract all files of the ISO to it.

To install the OS, restart your computer and select your USB device as the primary boot option in the BIOS boot menu.

Got any questions? Use the comment section below.

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