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Rufus 3.15 Beta​


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Rufus is a small utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc. Despite its small size, Rufus provides everything you need! Oh, and Rufus is fast. For instance it's about twice as fast as UNetbootin, Universal USB Installer or Windows 7 USB download tool, on the creation of a Windows 7 USB installation drive from an ISO (with honorable mention to WiNToBootic for managing to keep up). It is also marginally faster on the creation of Linux bootable USBs from ISOs. A non-exhaustive list of Rufus supported ISOs is available here.

It can be especially useful for cases where:
  • you need to create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, UEFI, etc.)
  • you need to work on a system that doesn't have an OS installed
  • you need to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS
  • you want to run a low-level utility
Rufus 3.15 Beta changelog:
  • Update GRUB to version 2.06
  • Add support for .vtsi files (Ventoy Sparse Image, courtesy of @ventoy)
  • Move default app directory to %LocalAppData%\Rufus\ and always save a log there on exit
  • Fix AppStore version of Rufus not being able to store downloaded files [#1744]
  • Fix failure to open Syslinux/GRUB files when Rufus is located at the root of a drive [#1747, #1761]
  • Prevent the creation of System Volume Information on ESPs written in DD mode
  • Prevent drive letter assignation to the UEFI:NTFS partition [pbatard/uefi-ntfs#25]
  • Prevent persistent partition creation errors due to size
  • Enhance safety checks before running the Fido ISO download script
  • Other internal fixes and improvements [#1727, etc]

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Rufus 3.16 Beta 2 changelog:
  • Fix ISO mode support for Red Hat 8.2+ and derivatives [#1777]
  • Fix BIOS boot support for Arch derivatives
  • Fix removal of some boot entries for Ubuntu derivatives
  • Fix log not being saved on exit
  • Add Windows 11 "Extended" installation support (Disables TPM/Secure Boot/RAM requirements)
  • Add UEFI Shell ISO downloads (retroactively applied through FIDO)
  • Add support for Intel NUC card readers
  • Improve Windows 11 support [#1779]
  • Improve Windows version reporting
  • Speed up clearing of MBR/GPT

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Disable TPM, Secure Boot and RAM requirements for Windows 11 with the latest Rufus beta
It has been a week since Windows 11 was released to the stable channel. The reception to the new iteration has been lukewarm for the most part, with most complaints targeting the Centered taskbar, Start Menu, and of course the hardware requirements that many believe have been unfairly imposed by Microsoft.
Use the PC Health Check app to find out if your system can run Windows 11. If you have an old computer that isn't supported by the new OS, take a look at our instructions where we show you how to install Windows 11 without TPM 2.0. There are several ways to do that, and now we have another option to bypass the restrictions, thanks to Rufus. The popular bootable media creation tool was updated over the weekend, to a beta version. Rufus Beta 2 lets you disable TMP, Secure Boot and RAM requirements for Windows 11.
 

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Finally managed to install W11 Pro x64 in VMWare:

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Tips: I downloaded a W11 iso, then with that Rufus Beta create the image in USB using UEFI, because in BIOS/MRB mode VMWare can boot from a USB pendrive.

My system (desktop) of course does not match W11 security:

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And I had no issues during installation, I also tried that USB with "hacked W11" (burned in MBR mode) in my old lap (no TPM, no UEFI and no SecureBoot, old CPU), and the installation led me without issues to the partitioning section before installing, so I can confirm that Rufus Beta tool generates W11 that bypasses security hardware restrictions :D
 
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Stable Version 3.16 (2021.10.13)
  • Fix ISO mode support for Red Hat 8.2+ and derivatives
  • Fix BIOS boot support for Arch derivatives
  • Fix removal of some boot entries for Ubuntu derivatives
  • Fix log not being saved on exit
  • Add Windows 11 "Extended" installation support (Disables TPM/Secure Boot/RAM requirements)
  • Add UEFI Shell ISO downloads
  • Add support for Intel NUC card readers
  • Improve Windows 11 support
  • Improve Windows version reporting
  • Speed up clearing of MBR/GPT

Download: https://github.com/pbatard/rufus/releases/download/v3.16/rufus-3.16.exe
 

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Version 3.17 (2021.10.23) [BUGFIX RELEASE]
  • Fix MBR not being properly cleared
  • Fix commandline hogger not being deleted on exit
  • Improve ReFS handling for platforms that support it
  • Update UEFI:NTFS to latest and remove Secure Boot notice since this version is Secure Boot signed
  • Update Grub4DOS to latest

Download: https://github.com/pbatard/rufus/releases/download/v3.17/rufus-3.17.exe
 

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Rufus 3.18 BETA Pre-release
  • Fix DLL sideloading vulnerabilities (#1838, #1877)
  • Fix ISO → ESP creation when running on Windows 11 (#1855)
  • Fix an issue when detecting network connectivity when the DHCP service is disabled (#1801)
  • Update FreeDOS to version 1.3
  • Add bypass of Windows 11 restrictions for in-place upgrades
  • Add Miracle Linux 8 to the list of Red Hat exceptions (#1866)
  • Other internal fixes and improvements
 

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Rufus 3.18: bypass Windows 11 system requirements during Inplace upgrades​

Up until now, Rufus supported the bypassing of Windows 11 system requirements when installing Windows 11 from scratch. The new release, Rufus 3.18, adds support for bypassing the restrictions while doing Inplace upgrades.

Inplace upgrades may be used for two main purposes: repairing a Windows installation or installing a newer feature update on the machine.

Rufus 3.18, currently available as a beta, supports the functionality now. The entire process of creating bootable media remains more or less the same.

Here is how you create bootable Windows 11 media that bypasses the restrictions for Inplace upgrades:
  1. Download Rufus 3.18 Beta or newer, when released, from the GitHub project website.
  2. Run the application with elevated rights.
  3. Insert a USB device that you want to turn into bootable media into the PC.
    • If you already have a Windows 11 ISO image, activate the Select button and select it using the file browser that opens.
    • If you don't have a Windows 11 ISO image already, check out our guide on downloading Windows 11, or use the Fido application that has been created by the developer of Rufus to download Windows 11. Alternatively, you may also select the tiny down-arrow button next to Select in the Rufus interface to switch it to Download. Rufus downloads Fido and you may use it to download a Windows 11 ISO to your system.
  4. Switch from Standard Windows 11 Installation (TPM 2.0 + Secure Boot) to Extended Windows 11 Installation (no TPM / no Secure Boot).
  5. Optional: you may change the volume label but should leave most options as they are.
  6. Select the Start button to create a bootable Windows 11 media that you may use to install Windows 11 from scratch or to perform Inplace repairs or upgrades with. Installation and upgrade will bypass the requirements check regarding TPM and secure boot.
 

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Rufus 3.19 BETA (Pre-release)​

Note: This is BETA software. If you think you found a problem specific to this release, please REPORT IT.
  • 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 with Windows 11 22H2
      (NB: Network MUST be temporarily disabled or unplugged for the local account creation to be proposed)
    • Also add an option to skip all collection questions (Sets all answers to "Don't allow"/"Refuse")
    • Also add an option for setting internal drives offline with 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 for details)
  • 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
Source: Release Rufus 3.19 BETA · pbatard/rufus


 

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Bypass Windows 11 Microsoft Account requirement and deny privacy questions during setup with Rufus

Rufus 3.19 Beta is available for download on the project's GitHub website. The program is portable and may be run directly after its download.


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The main interface of the application has not changed significantly. You may still use it to download the latest Windows ISO image from Microsoft or select an ISO that is already available on the system.

For Windows 11, users have several options to customize the installation.
  • Remove requirement for Secure Boot and TPM 2.0
  • Remove requirement for 4GB+ RAM and 64GB+ disk.
  • Disable data collection (Skip privacy questions) -- The privacy questions are skipped and processed automatically using the least invasive answer.
The options may be checked individually in the interface after activation of the Start button. The option to skip the Microsoft Account on Home and Pro versions of Windows 11 is not displayed, but it becomes active automatically, if the network connection is disabled during that stage of setup.
 

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Rufus 3.19 now available as stable version:
  • 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 with Windows 11 22H2
      (NB: Network MUST be temporarily disabled or unplugged 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 with 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 for details)
  • 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
 

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The latest Rufus update lets you copy regional settings and create a local Windows account​

Rufus, a popular third-party app for creating bootable media, has received yet another wonderful update. Version 3.20 BETA introduces the option to create a local offline account and copy regional settings from the current Windows installation. The only caveat here is that the account creation feature can only make a user with the same name as the current one and a blank password. After the first reboot, Windows will prompt you to change the password.

Here is the rest of the changelog containing other bugfixes and improvements:
  • Enable applicable Windows User Experience options for Windows 10
  • Make Windows User Experience options persist between sessions
  • Add automatic local account creation and regional options duplication. (This is limited to creating an account with the same name as the current user and with an empty password that the user will be prompted to change after first reboot.)
  • Add a workaround for ISOs that have a syslinux symbolic link to /isolinux/ (Knoppix).
  • Revert to offline insertion of registry keys for the TPM/SB/RAM bypass where possible.
  • Remove storage bypass, since this is a bogus bypass that doesn't do anything.
  • Improve BIOS compatibility when displaying the "UEFI boot only" alert message.
  • Fix Windows User Experience dialog appearing twice for Windows To Go.
  • Fix Windows User Experience options not being applied for ARM64.
  • Fix Microsoft Account bypass not being applied unless TPM/SB/RAM bypass is selected.
 

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Rufus 3.20 (stable version)​

  • Enable applicable Windows User Experience options for Windows 10
  • Remember last Windows User Experience selection between sessions
  • Add automatic local account creation and regional options duplication
    (This is limited to creating an account with the same name as the current user and with an empty password that the user will be prompted to change after first reboot)
  • Add a workaround for ISOs that have a syslinux symbolic link to /isolinux/ (Knoppix)
  • Revert to offline insertion of registry keys for the TPM/SB/RAM bypass where possible (#1971)
  • Remove storage bypass, since this is a bogus bypass that doesn't do anything (#1990)
  • Improve BIOS compatibility when displaying the "UEFI boot only" alert message
  • Fix Windows User Experience dialog appearing twice for Windows To Go (#1968)
  • Fix Windows User Experience options not being applied for ARM64 (#1996)
  • Fix Microsoft Account bypass not being applied unless TPM/SB/RAM bypass is selected (#1981)
  • Fix overeager detection of GRUB2 bootloaders with nonstandard prefixes