The following article will guide you how to creat windows 7 bootable usb drive and install Windows 7, 8.1, 10 directly from USB without having to use the DVD drive used in case the computer does not have an optical drive. or the drive is corrupt and unreadable.
Create bootable USB and install Windows 7, 8.1, 10 with Rufus
Rufus is especially useful in the following cases:
You need to create a USB containing installer from bootable ISO (Windows, Linux, UEFI, …)
You need to work on systems that do not have the OS installed
You need to load BIOS or other core software from DOS
You want to run low level utilities
Despite its small size, Rufus can provide everything you need!
And Rufus is very fast when you want to creat windows 7 bootable usb. For example: Rufus is about 2 times faster than UNetbootin, Universal USB Installer or Windows 7 USB download tool when creating a Windows 7 installation USB disk. Rufus also creates USB bootable Linux from ISO files very quickly. (first)
An incomplete list of supported ISO files is also provided at the bottom of this page. (2)
Last updated 2019.09.16:
Rufus 3.8 (1.1 MB)
Rufus 3.8 Mobile version (1.1 MB)
English, Español, Français, Hrvatski, Italiano, Latviešu, Lietuvių, Magyar, Nederlands, Norsk,
Suomi, Svenska, Vietnamese, Türkçe, Українська, 简体 中文, 正 體 中文, 日本語, 한국어, ไทย.
Windows 7 or newer, doesn’t matter 32 or 64 bit. It only takes one download to get the app ready for use.
I will take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the translators – who have participated in the Rufus translation – as well as this site to support many different languages. If you find that you can use Rufus in your language, you really have to thank them!
Download the exe file and run it – no need to install.
The executable file has been digitally signed and the signature information is:
“Akeo Consulting” (Version 1.3.0 or later)
Notes about DOS support:
If you create a DOS bootable disc and use a keyboard other than the US layout keyboard, Rufus will try to select a keyboard layout depending on the region where your system is located. In that case, the default option is FreeDOS is recommended instead of MS-DOS, because it supports more keyboard layouts.
Notes on ISO support:
All versions of Rufus from v1.1.0 allow you to create a bootable USB from an ISO image (.iso).
Creating an ISO image from a physical disc or a set of files is easy via the CD burning application, some of which are available for free like CDBurnerXP or ImgBurn.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The FAQ about Rufus is HERE.
To provide feedback, report bugs or request improvements, please use the issue tracker on github. Or you can send an e-mail.
GNU General Public License (GPL) version 3 or newer.
You have the right to distribute, change or even sell the software, as long as you respect the GPLv3 license.
Rufus is created with 100% pure, from open source, using the MinGW32 environment.
Rufus 3.8 (3.2 MB)
Alternatively, you can copy the git repository with:
$ git clone git: //github.com/pbatard/rufus
For more information, see the github project.
If you are a developer, you are encouraged to help find and send fixes to Rufus.
I am frequently asked about this, but there is no donation button on this page.
The main reason is that I feel the donation system is not really helping to develop the section
moreover, it can create guilt for users who don’t donate.
If you still want to donate, you can always donate to the Free Software Foundation, which is the main reason why software like Rufus was created.
At any rate, I will take this opportunity to say thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm for this small program: I really appreciate it!
But keep using Rufus comfortably and don’t feel guilty about your financial contribution – you don’t have to!
(1) Compare the holding speed of Rufus and other applications
The tests below were performed on a Windows 7 x64 Core 2 duo / 4 GB RAM platform, with windows 7 bootable usb 3.0 controller and a 16 GB USB 3.0 ADATA S102 portable disk.
- Windows 7 x64: en_windows_7_ultimate_with_sp1_x64_dvd_618240.iso
Universal USB Installer v184.108.40.206 00:07:10
UNetbootin v220.127.116.11 00:06:20
RMPrepUSB v2.1.638 00:04:10
WiNToBootic v1.2 00:03:35
Rufus v1.1.1 00:03:25
- Ubuntu 11.10 x86: ubuntu-11.10-desktop-i386.iso
UNetbootin v18.104.22.168 00:01:45
RMPrepUSB v2.1.638 00:01:35
Universal USB Installer v22.214.171.124 00:01:20
Rufus v1.1.1 00:01:15
- Slackware 13.37 x86: slackware-13.37-install-dvd.iso
UNetbootin v126.96.36.199 01: 00: 00+
Universal USB Installer v188.8.131.52 00:24:35
RMPrepUSB v2.1.638 00:22:45
Rufus v1.1.1 00:20:15
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Check USB boot with Ultimate Boot USB
After downloading the tool to users who also run under Admin administration, right-click on the installation file and select Run as administrator. In the UltimateBootUSB interface in the Drive Letter section, select the USB drive, and then click Test USB.
Test the USB boot with QemuBootTester
QemuBootTester also requires users to launch with Admin privileges. At this window, click on Hard Disk to check USB boot or hard drive. Below select the USB drive name and click Run Qemu is okay. This is the case for users booting a standard USB Legacy.
Use Qemu Simple Boot software
This is a completely free program, provided as a compressed file, all you need to do is download it to your computer, extract and run the Qsib.exe file:
Another easiest way to check if USB Boot has been successfully created is MobaLiveCD software. This is Qemu system simulation software. It will run an ad-hoc virtual machine and boot from USB, so this is a great way to check the boot status of the USB device.
Download MobaLiveCD from the developer’s website by following the link below.
Download the MobaLiveCD tool
After all, right-click on the downloaded EXE and select “Run as Administrator”. If you dont run the program as an admin, you will get the error “Setup cannot copy the file kqemu.sys” and you will not be able to proceed to the fifth step.