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Universal USB Installer v2.0.1.4a Updated

Andrew Lee on 6 Aug 2022
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 5 Aug 2022
  • Suggested by guinness

Universal USB Installer creates a "Live", or bootable Linux distribution without installation, on an external USB drive. A long list of distributions are available organized by the major groups including Ubuntu, Redhat and SuSE, as well as specialized distros for system management, rescue, security and more.

Runs on:Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Wine
Writes settings to: None
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware/Open Source
How to extract: Download the EXE to a folder of your choice. Launch Universal-USB-Installer-X.X.X.X.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: YUMI (Your Universal Multiboot Installer)
What's new? See:
Latest comments
webfork on 2020-10-24 19:44

@JudyGarland: Have you tested on WinXP?  I ask because sometimes we list "system requirements / runs on" rather than "supported".  For example, a lot of tools here on the site were built before it came out, but we'll list Win10 if it's functional in testing.

JudyGarland on 2020-11-01 11:39

@webfork: I copy and paste from 'basic (system) requirements' section:
Windows Vista/7/8/10 or WINE to create the USB (Win 98/XP/2K WILL NOT Work!)
I'm able to 'run' it under XP though, but I have no idea if it actually 'works', either partially or totally.
Devs say it doesn't.

webfork on 2020-11-03 23:24

@JudyGarland: thanks for the additional detail. As usual, billon sorted it out.

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Rufus v3.20 Updated

Andrew Lee on 4 Aug 2022
  • 1MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 3 Aug 2022
  • Suggested by I am Baas

Rufus, or Reliable USB Formatting Utility (with Source), is a small and fast utility that helps create bootable external drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks etc. The program is ideal for use with installation media from ISOs (Windows, Linux etc.) for working on a system without an OS, flashing device BIOS or other firmware, or you want to run a low-level system utility.

Functional on 64-bit systems.

Rufus Portable also available.

Runs on:Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Administrator rights
Unicode support: Yes
License: GNU GPLv3
How to extract: Download the "Portable" rufus-X.Xp.exe to a folder of your choice and launch.
What's new? See:
Latest comments
TP109 on 2017-11-12 17:02

Great program. Small footprint and quick. Good tool for formatting USB drives and for making USB drives bootable with ISOs or DOS.

PapaiMark on 2022-07-02 20:15

Use v 2.x on machines older than 2011 (core, core2, quad) to make bootable usb.

Version 3.19 changelog (2022.07.01) :
Add a new selection dialog for Windows 11 setup customization:
Secure Boot and TPM bypass have now been moved to this dialog
Also allows to bypass the mandatory requirement for a Microsoft account on Windows 11 22H2
(NB: Network MUST be temporarily disabled for the local account creation to be proposed)
Also add an option to skip all collection questions (Sets all answers to "Don't allow")
Also add an option for setting internal drives offline for Windows To Go
Note: These customization options are only proposed when using a Windows 11 image.
Add support for distros using a nonstandard GRUB 2.0 prefix directory (openSUSE Live, GeckoLinux)
Add the ability to ignore USBs (See here)
Change drive listing to always list in increasing order of size
Update exceptions needed by Red Hat and derivatives for the 9.x releases
Update UEFI:NTFS drivers to latest
Reassign a letter for drives written in DD mode that don't have an ESP (e.g. CoreELEC)
Fix Windows refusing to mount Linux MBR partitions on FIXED drives
Fix support for multiextent files when Joliet is in use

Midas on 2022-07-10 12:17

@PapaiMark: as there is both a changelog link and a dedicated forum thread, changes info like what you posted are better suited for the later, thus avoiding drowning any user comments in the steady stream of updates.

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YUMI v2.0.9.4

webfork on 5 May 2022
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 30 Jan 2022
  • Suggested by webfork

YUMI (Your Universal Multiboot Installer) can be used to create a multi-boot USB flash drive containing multiple operating systems, antivirus utilities, disc cloning, diagnostic tools and more. Aside from a few distributions, all files are stored within the Multiboot folder, making for a nicely organized Multiboot Drive that can still be used for other storage purposes. YUMI uses syslinux to boot extracted distributions stored on the USB device and reverts to using grub to Boot Multiple ISO files from USB, if necessary.

YUMI works much like Universal USB Installer, except it can be used to install more than one distribution to run from your USB. Distributions can also be uninstalled.

Runs on:Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Wine
Writes settings to: None
Stealth: ? Yes
License: GNU GPL
How to extract: Download YUMI-X.X.X.X.exe to a folder of your choice and launch.
Similar/alternative apps: Universal USB Installer
What's new?
  • Added support for newer versions of Redo Rescue Backup and Recovery.
Latest comments
AndTheWolf on 2015-04-17 17:09

Version has been out for about a month.

Checker on 2015-04-17 18:53

I came ... I saw ... I updated ;)
@ AndTheWolf: Thanks for notifying and sorry for the delay. I'll have to check my update-tool later.

JudyGarland on 2020-10-22 05:44

Windows XP not supported.

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UNetbootin v702

Midas on 5 Feb 2021
  • 5MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 4 Feb 2021
  • Suggested by donald

UNetbootin allows you to create a bootable operating system on a USB drive without burning a CD. Can use regular ISO files or download from any of the major Linux and FreeBSD distributions (Ubuntu, Fedora, OpenSUSE, NetBSD, etc.) as well as bootable system utilities for repair, recovery, testing and more.

Also available for Mac and Linux.

Runs on:Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: None
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: GNU GPLv2
How to extract: Download unetbootin-windows-XXX.exe to a folder of your choice and launch.
Similar/alternative apps: Universal USB Installer, Rufus
What's new? Code changes at
Latest comments
webfork on 2016-10-10 22:00

I used this program successfully to get Ubuntu set up on an old Mac.

h3kt0r on 2020-11-15 04:00

Latest version won't launch under windows XP.
Last compatible version seems to be 6.61 for XP.

mukhi on 2021-10-30 09:04

v702 failed to create a bootable USB drive with the official Ubuntu 20.04 ISO. Rufus succeeded though.

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imageUSB v1.5.1003

billon on 6 Oct 2020
  • 4MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 25 Sep 2020
  • Suggested by Userfriendly

imageUSB writes exact bit-level image files to multiple flash drives. The program preserves all unused and slack space during the cloning process, including the Master Boot Record (MBR) and can perform flawless mass duplications of all UFD images, including bootable UFDs.

The program can also "zero" a USB drive, which is an efficient wipes to erase data with less harm to overall drive life. In addition, imageUSB has the ability to reformat even hard to format drives and reclaim any disk space that may be lost previously.

Runs on:Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: None
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch imageUSB.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: UNetbootin
What's new?
  • Fixed bug where user is unable to select a read-only file for writing to UFD.