We are going to talk about how you can use an Image file of any operating systems image such as ISO or IMG file to make a bootable USB device so you can install that operating system on a computer. Installing Operating system on a computer is slowly emerging, and more users are now opting to use a USB drive to install/re-install any operating system on their computer. One of my favorite excuse to use a USB drive is that the modern laptop or ultrabooks don’t have the DVD drive. So we will start with Windows 10 following Linux and Android operating system. We also have attached required tools and specific instructions in case of any.
Note: You need to check whether your computer runs 32-bit or 64-bit operating systems. (Type Win+R and enter msinfo32 and look under system type).
Windows 10 ISO files works perfect with RUFUS
Get the Rufus tool and for convenience, you can copy the files in the same folder.
Now you need to open the tool, drag-and-drop the Windows 10 ISO file inside the tool. Additionally, The tool automatically chooses the best settings, but you are free to roam around the settings. If you are creating a Bootable USB using another computer. Please see below for other options and set according to the computer on you’ll install the Windows 10.
Don’t touch other settings unless you need to. Btw here are basic explanations of the settings. (In descending order)
- Device: Select USB device which you want to make bootable.
- Partition System: Each option works fine. GPT partition system can be seen on newer laptop and desktop computers.
- File System: The default is FAT32, But NTFS works fine.
- Cluster size: 4096 bytes (If Windows 10)
Linux (Ubuntu and rest)
The same tool like Rufus can help making bootable USB from a Linux image.
There are a few fully functional Android OS available for a computer that works really good, Phoenix OS is one example.
step 1. download the android operating system image.
step 2. download Rufus tool or other.
Get Rufus tool (portable)
step 3. boot android os
After creating bootable USB, let it plugged and restart your computer when it boots press the ESC key (or other) to select “Boot devices” and choose the USB stick to boot from it. An extended step by step guide is here.