Rufus - USB Formatting Utility

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Re: Rufus - USB Formatting Utility

#61 Post by Midas » Mon Feb 16, 2015 4:07 am

Excellent news. After this, Rufus will definitely be the go to utility for ISO and formatting work. 8)

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Re: Rufus - USB Formatting Utility

#62 Post by Akeo » Tue Mar 03, 2015 3:32 pm

Just going to point out that Rufus 2.0 has now officially been released.
The Rufus homepage now contains a link to the portable version (which is the exact same binary as the standard version, except with a 'p' suffix added).

Enjoy! :wink:

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Re: Rufus - USB Formatting Utility

#63 Post by stisev » Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:56 am

Moderators.. someone.

Please add this to the "How to extract"
The "p" in the rufus executable name makes it portable; otherwise, it writes to reg.
For example:

rufus-2.12p.exe is portable
rufus-2.12.exe is not.

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Re: Rufus - USB Formatting Utility

#64 Post by Akeo » Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:14 am

I'm sorry but writing the the registry does not equate being portable, so please understand that even the 'p' version also modifies the registry.

As per the definition of a portable application, all the portable version of Rufus does is give you the ability to carry and preserve your settings when moving from one computer to the next. While that means that it does write most of its settings to an ini file, rather than the registry, that doesn't mean that it doesn't write to the registry at all.

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Re: Rufus - USB Formatting Utility

#65 Post by stisev » Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:21 am

Akeo wrote:I'm sorry but writing the the registry does not equate being portable, so please understand that even the 'p' version also modifies the registry.

As per the definition of a portable application, all the portable version of Rufus does is give you the ability to carry and preserve your settings when moving from one computer to the next. While that means that it does write most of its settings to an ini file, rather than the registry, that doesn't mean that it doesn't write to the registry at all.
I just read that entire explanation.

I still don't see any new reg entries even after running the app, playing around with it, checking for updates, etc...

Can anyone else reproduce?



Akeo - I understand portability. There are different definitions. I still think my earlier "p" explanation should be included. It drove me nuts as I kept renaming to rufus.exe and not getting an ini file :(

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Re: Rufus - USB Formatting Utility

#66 Post by Akeo » Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:31 am

I still don't see any new reg entries even after running the app, playing around with it, checking for updates, etc...
The only registry setting that should be modified with the p version should be the Local Group policies, but if you already run Rufus, you probably won't see any change, as the settings are restored on exit (we basically use Group Policies to disable AutoRun while the app is running, as we expect users to plug drives, and be bothered by the Autorun notices, since we know they plan to format the drive anyway). You would probably see the registry differences if you run Rufus for the first time, and monitor all reg changes.

And yes, you shouldn't the portable version to something that doesn't contain a 'p', as it won't create an ini file by default then. The presence or absence of a 'p' is what is being used to detect whether Rufus should run in portable mode, as the binaries are exactly the same otherwise. If you prefer, you can rename it to rufus_portable.exe, or any name you like that contains a 'p'.

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Re: Rufus - USB Formatting Utility

#67 Post by stisev » Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:34 am

Akeo wrote:
I still don't see any new reg entries even after running the app, playing around with it, checking for updates, etc...
The only registry setting that should be modified with the p version should be the Local Group policies, but if you already run Rufus, you probably won't see any change, as the settings are restored on exit (we basically use Group Policies to disable AutoRun while the app is running, as we expect users to plug drives, and be bothered by the Autorun notices, since we know they plan to format the drive anyway). You would probably see the registry differences if you run Rufus for the first time, and monitor all reg changes.

And yes, you shouldn't the portable version to something that doesn't contain a 'p', as it won't create an ini file by default then. The presence or absence of a 'p' is what is being used to detect whether Rufus should run in portable mode, as the binaries are exactly the same otherwise. If you prefer, you can rename it to rufus_portable.exe, or any name you like that contains a 'p'.
Autorun is disabled on my computer for security reasons by default, so that explains it.

Great app. I am going through and hammering all of the apps that have remaining remnants of registry crap. Down to a select few. :)

Thx again for making this app portable. <3 rufus!

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Re: Rufus - USB Formatting Utility

#68 Post by Midas » Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:21 am

Akeo wrote:If you prefer, you can rename it to rufus_portable.exe, or any name you like that contains a 'p'.

Will a capital 'P' work the same? My personal convention for portabilized software is to add "-P" to their names... :?

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Re: Rufus - USB Formatting Utility

#69 Post by Akeo » Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:31 am

Either lowercase or uppercase 'p' should work.

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Re: Rufus - USB Formatting Utility

#70 Post by Midas » Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:35 am

Thanks for your input. Much appreciated. 8)

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Re: Rufus - USB Formatting Utility

#71 Post by Midas » Wed May 30, 2018 1:41 pm

Ghacks.net has a review of the latest version:

Rufus 3.0 released - ISO to bootable USB for Windows

Rufus 3.0 is still super-easy to use; one core difference to previous versions of Rufus is that the new version is no longer compatible with Windows XP or Windows Vista.

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Re: Rufus - USB Formatting Utility

#72 Post by Midas » Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:22 am

Topic update: Rufus v3.8 released 2019-09-16 (changelog at github.com/pbatard/rufus/blob/master/ChangeLog.txt).

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Re: Rufus - USB Formatting Utility

#73 Post by rbon » Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:08 am

Rufus tutorial on YouTube
- title: "Create windows 7_8_8.1_10 bootable USB flash drive with RUFUS 3.1 easily_2018"
- link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7SlsJEVSXc
After download this video as .mp4, You can open it with Avidemux Portable and save selected images with notes very detailled.

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Re: Rufus - USB Formatting Utility

#74 Post by Bomenry » Wed Jun 03, 2020 12:09 am

How about ISO to USB?It is best alternative to Rufus for burnning ISO to USB.

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Re: Rufus - USB Formatting Utility

#75 Post by webfork » Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:45 am

Bomenry wrote:
Wed Jun 03, 2020 12:09 am
How about ISO to USB?It is best alternative to Rufus for burnning ISO to USB.
From the website:
Rufus is a utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc.

It can be especially useful for cases where:

* you need to create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, UEFI, etc.)

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