Rufus is a utility that runs under Windows. The tool helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc. I’ve using Rufus for a long time, to transfer bootable copies of Windows, Linux and Android on USB keys.
Now the developer has released Rufus 3.0.1304. The tool runs under Windows 7 or later, 32 or 64 bit doesn’t matter. Once downloaded, the application is ready to use. Rufus is especially useful for cases where:
- you need to create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, UEFI, etc.)
- you need to work on a system that doesn’t have an OS installed
- you need to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS
- you want to run a low-level utility
The tool may be freely download from this site. The Rufus 3.0.1304 changelog from May 29, 2018, contains the following items.
- I 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 https://rufus.ie 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
But note: Rufus has, as a non installable, standalone tool, a DLL hijacking problem. Using it, means: You need to be sure, that your device isn’t infected with malware. Otherwise, DLL hijacking may be misused from malware to gain administrator rights, via DLLs injected to the Rufus folder.
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