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3 Steps to Making a USB stick bootable

Making a USB stick bootable can be tricky. But with the right tools and tips, the USB stick is guaranteed to boot any computer. I will show you how to do that; on which you must pay attention so that emergency assistance of the USB stick does not become the breakdown.

The standard way to start a PC or notebook in an emergency, for example after a virus attack or a hardware defect, is to make a USB stick bootable. Apart from this, there are other cases where it is worth making a USB stick bootable, for example for images from the hard disk.

The third major area of application for bootable USB sticks is strangers’ computers.

If you are sitting at a buddy’s PC, a bootable USB stick can be used to conveniently access your favorite tools. But for all this to work, you have to prepare the USB stick so that it starts on any computer.

Let’s start.

Boot from USB stick: These are the most popular tools

The most popular tool for creating bootable USB sticks is Rufus. With this tool, you can format a stick in no time at all and, for example, use it with a suitable ISO file with an operating system.

Rufus App

If you have a suitable Windows license, you can also use it to create Windows2Go systems.

By the way, if you need a boot stick, you should save the files on the stick to another location beforehand. This is because all files on the USB stick are lost when formatting with Rufus.

Without an ISO file, however, it is not possible to create a bootable stick.

If you don’t have a Windows 10 ISO file lying around on your hard drive, the best way to do this is to use the Media Creation Tool.

This small software is provided by Microsoft and is perfectly suited to quickly generate ISO files of the latest Windows 10 version or to directly create a USB stick for booting.

If you don’t need only one operating system, but want to try out several, the best choice is Yumi. This small tool turns a USB stick with enough memory into a multiboot stick with several systems.


For this, you don’t even have to search for the appropriate ISO files yourself, but can select them directly in Yumi from the list.

Below this page are various Linux distributions like Ubuntu, Linux Mint or Elementary OS, system and antivirus tools, and Windows To Go. If you have another ISO file, you can add it as well.