Rufus is a free and open-source application that is available on Microsoft Windows. The app is used to format and create bootable USB flash drives. The app was first released in 2011 and was originally designed as a modern open-source substitute for the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool for Windows. Rufus is widely used to make bootable USB flash drives of different types of WIndows.
Downloading Windows ISOs From Within Rufus
Today MsPowerUser reported that in an upcoming Rufus update, you will not be limited to just making bootable USB flash drives of Windows, but you will also be able to download Windows directly from the app itself. The downloadable Windows will consist of Windows 8.1 or Windows 10. The latest Windows 10 v1809 and older Windows 10 releases will be available to download from the app. Rufus will also let you choose which edition of Windows 10 you want to download. Like Windows 10 Home, Pro, and Windows 10 Education. Of course, Rufus will still allow you to use ISO image files that you have downloaded from somewhere else.
Rufus is currently competing against Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool and this new update will certainly give Rufus advantages over the Media Creation Tool. It will make it easier for users to efficiently download and make a bootable USB flash drive as it will all be done from one app.
This new feature is available in Rufus 3.5, which is currently in beta. So if you don’t mind unseen for bugs in the app, then you can head on down to the Rufus website and download the beta version of the app from here.
Read more regarding the new feature here.