Learn How to Make A Bootable USB from ISO

I have to admit, I have a CD problem. I’ve collected so many CDs over the years—games, and programs combined—and installing them was quite daunting. Thus, I learned to just copy the ISO disc images to my USB drives, and now, I’m going to teach you how to make Bootable USB from an ISO file.

Bootable USB for Windows

First, make sure that you are actually using a USB 3.0 drive—otherwise, this wouldn’t work. For Windows 7 or 10, what you have to do is create the bootable drive with the help of the Windows DVD or USB tool, and make sure you have a legitimate product key. Input the ISO details, and wait for the USB to create a bootable drive!

If you’re using Windows 8 or 8.1, install from the Microsoft Website, and then download a product key from the Upgrade Windows Product Key Page, and provide the details being asked.

Let the Microsoft Wizard know that you’re going to make a bootable USB, and it will create the said file for you. Take note that there are different keys for Windows 8 and 8.1, so choose accordingly.

Now, if in any case you’re still using DOS, just download the tool called Rufus so that the bootable drive would be created. This can also be used for BIOS updates, or even firmware upgrades. This might even work for other operating systems because Rufus is an open-source program, so it’s a good thing for you to download.

Bootable USB for Mac

On the App Store, download the latest version of Mac OS X. After doing so, look for the createinstallmedia tool from the Apple terminal. If you cannot find it there, just use DiscMaker X, which is a reliable third party app. Wait for the bootable drive to be made.

However, if you’re using Mac Boot Camp to make a bootable USB on Windows, make sure to properly set things up with the said boot camp tool. Follow the instructions you see onscreen. Another thing you have to remember, though, is that it won’t be right to install Windows on non-Mac Apple PCs, so don’t give yourself more problems by doing so.

Bootable USB for Linux

As for Linux, just use the universal USB installer that you have—or download one here, and wait for the bootable tool to be created. Run the .ISO tool so you can choose which distribution you like to work with, and then look for the ISO file that you need.

Finally, look for the USB Drive that you’d be using, click, and just waited for the bootable drive to be created. You can also make use of IMG files to do this—just follow the same process.

Installation Made Easy

I know this seems tricky at first, but I promise you, in the long run, this’ll make the installation process so much easier. Try it out, and let me know what you think in the comments! Oh, and if you know someone who also needs help with this, do share this post, too.

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