How to Use Rufus 2.8.886 Final to Create Bootable USB Drives
If you need to install or run a different operating system on your computer, such as Windows, Linux or DOS, you might want to use a bootable USB drive. A bootable USB drive is a flash drive that contains the files and instructions to start an operating system from the USB port, without affecting your hard drive.
One of the easiest and fastest ways to create a bootable USB drive is to use Rufus 2.8.886 Final, a small and open source utility that can format and create bootable USB flash drives from various sources, such as ISO files, disk images or raw data.
In this article, we will show you how to use Rufus 2.8.886 Final to create a bootable USB drive in a few simple steps.
A USB flash drive with at least 4 GB of free space.
A computer with Windows XP or later.
An internet connection to download Rufus 2.8.886 Final and the operating system of your choice.
How to Download Rufus 2.8.886 Final
You can download Rufus 2.8.886 Final from its official website[^1^] or from other reputable sources[^2^] [^3^]. The file size is about 865 KB and it does not require installation. Just save it to a convenient location on your computer and run it as an administrator.
How to Use Rufus 2.8.886 Final
Once you have downloaded Rufus 2.8.886 Final and the operating system of your choice, follow these steps to create a bootable USB drive:
Insert your USB flash drive into an available USB port on your computer.
Launch Rufus 2.8.886 Final and select your USB flash drive from the Device drop-down menu.
Select the partition scheme and target system type according to the operating system you want to install or run. For example, if you want to install Windows 10 on a UEFI-based computer, select GPT partition scheme for UEFI and FAT32 file system.
Click on the CD-ROM icon next to the Create a bootable disk using option and browse for the ISO file or disk image of the operating system you want to use.
Optionally, you can change the volume label, cluster size and other advanced options by clicking on the Format Options button.
Click on Start and wait for Rufus 2.8.886 Final to format and copy the files to your USB flash drive.
When the process is complete, click on Close and safely eject your USB flash drive.
You have successfully created a bootable USB drive using Rufus 2.8.886 Final!
How to Use Your Bootable USB Drive
To use your bootable USB drive, you will need to change the boot order in your computer's BIOS or UEFI settings, so that it prioritizes the USB port over the hard drive. The exact steps may vary depending on your computer model and manufacturer, but generally you will need to:
Turn off your computer and insert your bootable USB drive into an available USB port.
Turn on your computer and press a specific key (usually F2, F10, F12 or Del) repeatedly to enter the BIOS or UEFI settings.
Navigate to the Boot tab or section and change the boot order so that the USB flash drive is listed first.
Save the changes and exit the BIOS or UEFI settings.
Your computer will restart and boot from your USB flash drive.
You can now install or run the operating system of your choice from your bootable USB drive! 29c81ba772