Guide on Creating Windows 10 Bootable USB Flash Drive, whether you use Windows or Linux, it is very simple with these applications.
A bootable disk, as defined by Microsoft, is a removable device that contains the operating system startup files that a computer can use to start the system in the event of hard disk damage or any other problem during startup.
In other words, it is a physical medium, be it CD, DVD, USB or external hard drive, with which we can start the computer. A boot disk can be used to repair our operating system or to install a new one.
Currently, using USB memory sticks as bootable discs is much more frequent than using CDs or DVDs, due to the ease with which they can be formatted and used for other purposes and due to their obvious durability compared to optical discs.
Here are some of the tools to create your boot disks on a USB stick.
RUFUS – Booting DOS from Windows 10 USB
Creating a bootable DOS USB flash drive to ” boot from USB DOS ”
With this tool called Rufus, created by Pete Batard, you can make this task easier.
Rufus can also be used to create a bootable USB version of a given distribution from an ISO or stock image.
Rufus was originally similar in appearance and function to the HP USB formatting tool “HPUSBFW.exe “, and shares many of the same characteristics.
However, Rufus is Open Source.
It is especially useful in cases where:
- You have to make USB establishment media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, UEFI, and so forth.)
- You need to work on a computer that does not have an operating system installed.
- Have to refresh the firmware or BIOS of a PC from DOS.
- Want to run a low-level utility.
NOTE: Rufus has evolved into a tool that can be used to format, create master boot records, and install ISO or image-based distributions to USB.
Step by step instructions to make a bootable DOS USB Flash Drive that can, at last, be utilized to run DOS from a USB gadget, utilizing Rufus
Authors website: http://rufus.akeo.ie/
- Download Rufus and launch the program.
- Select your device USB from the drop down menu.
- Choose the FAT32 file system,
- for creating a DOS boot disk Check the option
- Click the Start button to create the Startup DOS Drive.
- Restart the PC, setting your BIOS to boot from the USB Device, boot it and appreciate
YUMI – USB Creator Multiboot (Windows 10 USB)
Yumi (The Universal Multiboot Installer), is the successor to our MultibootISOs.
It can be used to create a multi-boot USB flash drive containing multiple operating systems, antivirus utilities, disk cloning, diagnostic tools, and more. Contrary to MultibootISOs, which uses GRUB to boot ISO files directly from USB, YUMI uses syslinux to boot extracted distributions stored on the USB device and reuses GRUB to boot multiple ISO files from a USB device, if necessary.
Aside from some distributions, all files are stored inside the multiboot or Yumi folder (depending on the version), to make a very well organized multiboot USB drive that can still be used for other storage purposes.
NOTE: Using YUMI to install Linux from a USB stick to a hard drive works on some but not all distributions.
Creating a Bootable YUMI Multiboot Multi-System USB Flash Drive
YUMI works as a universal USB installer, except that it can be used to install more than one distribution to run Live from your USB.
Steps to follow.
Format the USB that we are going to use.the program from here YUMI
We run the program as an administrator. (the installation window will appear)
In the next window, we follow the steps to follow.
Step 1. In the first tab, we choose the USB
Step 2. We select the system we want to install from the drop-down list.
Step 3. We select the ISO from our directory.
Step 4. We click on create. (the setup process will appear)
Step 5. At the end of the process, it will tell us if we want to add any more images (we mark yes).
Step 6. We start again from step 2 choosing the system continuing with step 3 the ISO.
Step 7. If we don’t want to add any image, we finish the process.
All this always depending on the capacity of the USB.
Lili USB Creator
Lili is free and open-source software. Free download from here.
Works only on Windows (Windows 10, 8.1, 7, Vista, and XP), so it is ideal for those curious who want to try Linux for the first time. It’s pretty, smart, simple, intuitive, and it’s compatible with almost any Linux distribution.