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Rufus Rocks!

[rufus icon]Darn, I haven’t written about rufus yet! When I wanted to get Windows installed on to my PC, UNetbootin and others really didn’t cut it for me. Rufus saved my day. When I wanted to do full reinstall of Windows onto my old laptop, again Rufus saved the day.

Rufus is a nifty little utility, about 800kb in size, that takes your install cd image (ISO) and moves it over to USB, so you can install using that instead. While I haven’t used it to burn Linux ISOs, I can heartily recommend it.

[rufus screenshot]

Debian Jessie, annoyingly, does not come with UNetbootin in the main repository. So, here I am using Rufus to move stuff over to the USBs. A reasonably compromise and benefit of the dual boot system I have!

Windows bootable USB

After wasting hours of my time getting this done through various oddball tools, I hit on one called Rufus. From that point on, it’s been smooth sailing! Highly recommend this tool to anyone wanting to make a windows installation USB.

A friend’s laptop had crashed and so as the computer geek I got the job of restoring her OS. She gave me the recovery cd, but since it was an ultrabook there wasn’t really a cd drive. So since I couldn’t find myself a portable cd drive, I settled on trying to make a bootable USB stick. I found a ton of online tools like the Windows 7 USB download tool, but invariably I ran into one issue or the other. I tried unetbootin, but that’s really a tool for creating Linux installation CDs or USBs. And with amazing luck I found Rufus and I’ve tried it with the original windows cd and the restore disk and both boot fine from USB.