Format a USB drive via a computer to create a bootable USB option for Windows
(Reliable USB Formatting Utility) 1.1.6
Windows XP / Windows 8 / Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 2003
Rufus is an open source software utility used to create bootable USB drives. Rufus is available on the Windows platform only. Many new laptops are built minus DVD or Blu-ray drives; this can cause issues when one wishes to load another operating system. Rufus solves this problem by allowing a user to create USB devices that can be used to install operating systems. Rufus supports a broad range of Windows-based and Linux-based operating systems. There is support for all common Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Red Hat, Debian, Fedora, Gentoo, Arch Linux, and Tails.
Rufus works with operating system images that are in various formats. There is support for ISO files, raw image files, and compressed files. Rufus also works with all Windows-supported file systems such as NTFS, FAT, exFAT, and FAT32. When creating Linux images, Rufus creates boot loaders that will make the drive bootable. The supported bootloaders are GRUB and SYSLINUX. Version 1.3.2 also added support for UEFI boot. If you want to test the image for corruption, Rufus provides functionality for computing SHA-256, SHA-1, and MD5 hashes. The hashes are used to verify the integrity of the operating system images.