How to Create Bootable USB of Windows 11, Linux, Chrome & Android

In this article, we will discuss how you can create a bootable USB device from an image file of any operating system’s image, such as an ISO or IMG file.

Using a USB drive to install/reinstall an operating system on a computer is becoming increasingly popular among users. Using a USB drive is a good solution for laptops and ultrabooks that do not come with a DVD drive. We will start with Windows 11 before moving on to Linux, Chrome, and Android. You will also find the necessary tools and instructions attached.

Tools you can use to create bootable USB

Tool NameSizeSite
Rufus2 MBrufus.ie
Etcher141 MBbalena.io/etcher/

Windows 11

The ISO of Windows 10 you can download directly from Microsoft’s website or from here.

Windows 10

First, you have to download an Image and Rufus tool on your computer, the ISO of Windows 10 you can download directly from Microsoft’s website or from here, or you can use Windows Media Creator tool.

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 11 and Windows 10 ISO files work perfectly with Rufus.

Instructions to Create Windows 11 Bootable USB

Get the Rufus tool and for convenience, you can copy the files in the same folder.

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Now you need to open the tool, drag-and-drop the Windows ISO file inside the tool. Additionally, The tool automatically chooses the best settings, but you are free to roam around the settings.

Note: If you are creating a Bootable USB using another computer. Please see below for other options and set according to the computer on which 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 to make a bootable USB from a Linux image.

Linux persistent

How To Make Persistence USB for Linux (CubLinux)

Android OS

There are a few fully functional Android OS available for a computer that works really well, Phoenix OS is one example.

step 1. download the android operating system image.

  1. Remix OS
  2. Phoenix OS
  3. Android x-86

step 2. download Rufus tool or other.

Get Rufus tool (portable)

step 3. boot android os

After creating a 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.