Can you imagine carrying a Windows Live USB always with you and use it as a repair tool for your computer or to recover files from a computer that does not start correctly? Well, we are happy to tell you that with Rufus it is possible to do it! Creating a Live USB is a very common thing in Linux. However, in Windows, it is not so common. This because when compared to Linux distros, Windows is a heavy operating system. Linux Live USB can be used to try out a new Linux distro without actually installing it. A Live USB can also be used as a tool to repair a corrupted computer.
Now let’s see how to create a Linux Live USB. To create your Windows Live USB you will need a USB flash drive with at least 8 GB of free space available. First of all, make sure to create a backup of your USB flash drive since during the process all of its contents will be erased.
In addition, you should bear in mind that if you use a 64-bit system to create the Live USB, you will not be able to use it on computers that do not support this architecture. For example, a Live USB created in a 64-bit system will not work on a system that has a 32-bit system. Therefore, keep this in mind when creating a Live USB for use on 32-bit systems.
- First, you have to download Rufus from the official website. If you are using Windows 8, 8.1 or 10, you will have no issue running the installation. But if you are using an older version like Windows 7, you may have to use the portable version of Rufus if any error occurs. The portable version requires no installation and therefore even on older systems, it will run smoothly. Even that doesn't work, you may have to use a software like Etcher. Then you have to download the ISO file of Windows 10 from Microsoft’s website.
- After installing Rufus, run it. Then plug in your USB flash drive to the computer.
- After plugging your USB flash drive, Rufus will automatically detect your USB flash drive. Then all you have to do is load the ISO file into Rufus and click on the “Start” button. It will take a few minutes to complete and once completed, you can eject the USB flash drive from your computer.
Before finishing this guide, we have to tell you something important to you. Since Live USB runs before the operating system starts, some components and peripherals may not work while you are using Live USB because you don't have the necessary drivers installed for them to work properly. In such cases, we advise you to find and install the necessary drivers manually. There are also third party driver softwares available that allows you to find drivers easily. However, it is good to try the Windows Driver Manager first because it can also find drivers very quickly. We hope that you'll find this guide useful to create a Live USB flash drive.