Although using Windows 10 is relatively easy, installing Windows 10 is not that easy. Sometimes, a computer may become slow after a few years of use. When that happens, we have to declutter the system or reinstall the system to get back it to the old rhythm. There are solutions like and defragment, registry optimization but the best way to pour life into an old system is by reinstalling the operating system. In this guide, we are going to talk about a famous software called Rufus, that allows you to reinstall Windows.

Rufus was developed by Pete Batard and it is a super convenient and valuable Windows software that enables you to install or reinstall almost any operating system without actually using a CD or DVD. It is an open-source software and the source code is available on GitHub. The only thing Rufus needs to do its job is a functional USB flash drive. With Rufus, you can effortlessly reinstall OS, or even OS onto disks other than the current one where your operating system is installed, or completely clone current OS installation to other disks of your choice. Rufus works very well with USB 2.0 and even more faster USB 3.0 connections, and both on legacy BIOS and UEFI firmware.

Rufus is not just limited to USB flash drives. It is compatible with both USB flash drives and hard drives, which means you can install Windows using both USB flash drives and external hard drives. The other advantage of this tool is that it allows you to download Windows 10 .ISO image within the software which makes things super easy. To make a fully functional bootable USB flash drive, all you have to do is, download the Rufus software, launch it, find the Windows ISO file and then locate the USB flash drive from the software to start installing Windows on the selected USB flash drive. In our tests, Rufus just took like ten minutes to install Windows 10 Pro edition on a USB flash drive. This will depend on your system hardware and USB speed.

You can use Rufus with almost any device. However, the developers of this tool suggest that you use a USB 3.0 flash drive instead of traditional USB 2.0 flash drives and external hard drives, as they are very slow and take a long time to install and run on Windows. After preparing the USB flash drive, all you have to is restart your computer. If your boot settings are in the right order, you will see the installation windows for your preferred operating system. If it doesn't show up after restarting, you may have to adjust your boot order via BIOS. In case it still does not show up we will have no choice but to look for the solution on the developer's website.

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