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Rufus 3.0.1304 Released

Rufus 3.0.1304 released

Rufus is a popular and free utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys, memory sticks, etc. It can be used to create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, UEFI, etc.), to work on a system that does not have an OS installed, to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS, or to run a low-level utility.


On May 29, 2018, Rufus released version 3.0.1304, which introduced several changes and improvements. Here are some of the highlights of this release:

  • UI redesign to follow the flow of user operations (with thanks to Fahad Al-Riyami for the concept)

  • Drop Windows XP and Windows Vista platform support

  • Switch all downloads to SSL and use [] as the new base URL

  • Add ARM64 support for UEFI:NTFS

  • Fix delays when querying floppy drives during device enumeration

  • Improve support of efi.img files on Linux ISOs

  • Improve support for non-ISO9660 compliant openSUSE Leap ISOs

  • Improve translation support and remove manual positioning

  • Internal fixes and improvements

The new version of Rufus can be downloaded from the official website or from GitHub. The executable is digitally signed and the signature should state: "Akeo Consulting" (v1.3.0 or later) or "Pete Batard - Open Source Developer" (v1.2.0 or earlier). Rufus is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 3 or later.

Rufus is fast, reliable, and easy to use. It supports a wide range of ISOs and can create bootable USBs for various purposes. If you need a tool to create bootable USB flash drives, Rufus is a great choice.

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Using Rufus is simple and straightforward. Here are the steps to create a bootable USB flash drive using Rufus:

  • Download and run Rufus from the official website or from GitHub. You don't need to install it, just run the executable file.

  • Insert the USB flash drive that you want to format and use. Rufus will automatically detect it and select it as the default device. Make sure you have backed up any important data on the USB drive, as it will be erased during the process.

  • Select the bootable ISO file that you want to use. You can either click on the "SELECT" button and browse for the ISO file, or drag and drop it onto the Rufus window. Rufus will automatically detect the ISO properties and adjust the settings accordingly.

  • Review the settings and make any changes if needed. You can change the volume label, file system, cluster size, partition scheme, target system, etc. You can also check the "Show advanced format options" box to access more options, such as quick format, create extended label and icon files, check device for bad blocks, etc.

  • Click on the "START" button to begin the process. Rufus will ask you to confirm that you want to erase all data on the USB drive. Click "OK" to proceed. Rufus will then format the USB drive and copy the ISO files to it. Depending on the size of the ISO file and the speed of your USB drive, this may take some time.

  • When Rufus is done, you will see a message saying "READY" at the bottom of the window. You can now close Rufus and safely remove your USB flash drive. You have successfully created a bootable USB flash drive using Rufus.

To use your bootable USB flash drive, you need to boot your computer from it. This may require changing some settings in your BIOS or UEFI firmware, such as enabling USB booting and setting the boot order. Refer to your computer's manual or online documentation for more details on how to do this.

Once you boot from your USB flash drive, you will see a menu with different options, depending on the ISO file that you used. For example, if you used a Windows ISO file, you will see a menu with options such as "Install Windows", "Repair your computer", etc. Select the option that suits your needs and follow the instructions on the screen.

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Rufus is one of the best tools to create bootable USB flash drives for various purposes. Here are some of the reasons why you should use Rufus:

  • Rufus is fast. It can format and copy ISO files to USB drives much faster than other tools, such as UNetbootin, Universal USB Installer, or Windows 7 USB download tool.

  • Rufus is reliable. It can create bootable USB drives that work on all systems that support booting from USB, regardless of the BIOS or UEFI firmware. It can also handle ISO files that are not properly bootable, such as some Linux distributions.

  • Rufus is easy to use. It has a simple and intuitive user interface that follows the flow of user operations. It also has a portable version that does not require installation and can run from any location.

  • Rufus is free and open source. It is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 3 or later, which means you can use it, modify it, and share it without any restrictions. You can also access the source code and contribute to the development of Rufus on GitHub.

  • Rufus is versatile. It supports a wide range of ISO files, such as Windows, Linux, UEFI, DOS, etc. It can also create bootable USB drives with different partition schemes, file systems, cluster sizes, etc. It can even create bootable USB drives from non-ISO sources, such as DD images or FreeDOS.

Rufus is a powerful and useful tool that can help you create bootable USB flash drives for various scenarios. Whether you need to install a new operating system, repair an existing one, flash a firmware, or run a low-level utility, Rufus can help you do it with ease and efficiency.

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Rufus is constantly being updated and improved by its developer and contributors. If you want to use the latest version of Rufus, you can easily update it by following these steps:

  • Run Rufus and click on the "Check for updates" link at the bottom of the window. Rufus will connect to the internet and check if there is a newer version available.

  • If there is a newer version available, Rufus will display a message saying "A new version of Rufus is available". Click on the "Yes" button to download and install the update.

  • Rufus will download the update file and launch it automatically. You may see a User Account Control (UAC) prompt asking you to allow Rufus to make changes to your device. Click on the "Yes" button to continue.

  • The update file will extract and run Rufus with the new version. You can close the old version of Rufus if it is still open.

  • You have successfully updated Rufus to the latest version. You can check the version number at the bottom of the window.

If you don't want to use the automatic update feature, you can also manually download and run the latest version of Rufus from the official website or from GitHub. You can also check the changelog to see what's new in each version of Rufus.

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Rufus is a free and open source project that relies on the support and feedback of its users and community. If you like Rufus and want to support its development and maintenance, here are some ways you can do it:

  • Donate to Rufus. You can make a donation to Rufus via PayPal, Patreon, or Bitcoin. Your donation will help cover the costs of hosting, domain name, code signing certificate, hardware, etc. You can find the donation links on the official website or on GitHub.

  • Report bugs and suggest features. You can report any issues or problems that you encounter while using Rufus on GitHub. You can also suggest new features or improvements that you would like to see in Rufus on GitHub. Please follow the issue template and provide as much information as possible.

  • Translate Rufus. You can help translate Rufus into different languages using the online translation tool Crowdin. You can also review and improve existing translations on Crowdin. Your translation will be included in the next release of Rufus.

  • Spread the word. You can help promote Rufus by sharing it with your friends, family, colleagues, or online communities. You can also write reviews, articles, tutorials, or videos about Rufus and share them on social media, blogs, forums, etc.

Rufus is a project that is made possible by the contributions and support of its users and community. By supporting Rufus, you are helping to make it better and more accessible for everyone.





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