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CHANGELOG

What's New in version 3.14:

  • Improve DD write speed (uncompressed images only)
  • Improve checksum computation speed
  • Improve network connectivity detection
  • Only prompt for additional GRUB/Syslinux downloads when not writing in DD mode
  • Fix potential 'loss' of disk after writing Ubuntu 20.10 in DD mode
  • Fix GRUB compatibility issue with Ubuntu 21.04
  • Fix Rufus MBR not being selected by default for Windows ISOs
  • Fix drag and drop being enabled during drive creation
  • Add more 'exceptions' for forced DD image writing

What's New in version 3.13:

  • Add a cheat mode (Alt-M) to accept disk images without a Boot Marker
  • Add marquee operation progress to the taskbar icon
  • Add zeroing/image writing progress to the log
  • Switch to using 0x55 and 0xAA instead of 0x00 and 0xFF for low pass badblock check
  • Switch to using fake/manufacturer units when computing the default label
  • Fix overnumerous write retries on error when writing a disk image
  • Work around Windows' abysmal handling of removable drives that contain an ESP
  • Improve mounting/unmounting of volumes
  • Update UEFI:NTFS file system drivers to version 1.7
  • Other internal fixes and improvements (VDS, error reporting, etc.)

What's New in version 3.12:

  • Add optional SHA-512 digest algorithm (Alt-H)
  • Add a cheat mode (Alt-+/-) to increase/decrease application priority
  • Enable direct provision of install.wim/install.esd for Windows To Go
  • Move the ESP to the beginning of the drive for Windows To Go, on systems that allow it
  • Enforce a minimum volume size of 256 MB for ext2/ext3 partitions
  • Speed up the scanning of ISOs with lots of Rock Ridge deep directory entries
  • Fix detection of GRUB version and update embedded GRUB for Ubuntu 20.10 support
  • Fix user interface labels for accessibility
  • Work around a Windows bug where the wrong drive letter may be returned

What's New in version 3.11:

  • Add Rock Ridge deep directory support
  • Add an option to write small ISOs to an ESP (GPT only)
  • Add a cheat mode (Ctrl-SELECT) to extract content from an additional zip archive on top of the ISO
  • Add a cheat mode (Alt-G) to disable Virtual Hard Disk listing
  • Add a cheat mode (Alt-P) to toggle a GPT ESP to Basic Data (Windows 10 only)
  • Fix improper x86 32-bit NTFS driver being used for UEFI:NTFS
  • Improve UEFI:NTFS compatibility with older UEFI firmwares
  • Improve startup time by running the ISO download feature check in the background
  • Remove Ubuntu's splash screen for persistent UEFI drives
  • Enable ASLR for the Rufus executable

What's New in version 3.10:

  • Improve Ubuntu 20.04 support [#1499]
  • Improve detection of FIXED drives with no mounted partitions
  • Update UEFI:NTFS file system drivers to v1.5
  • Fix progress not being updated for German locale
  • Fix primary GPT being overwritten when adding the protective message MBR [#1507]
  • Fix a regression with lousy security solutions that prevent the creation of an autorun.inf [#1496]
  • Fix an assert during FreeDOS drive creation when the Windows system locale is UTF-8 [#1468]
  • Fix invalid label errors when using a non-Western locale [#1506]

What's New in version 3.9:

  • Add exFAT support when creating blank UEFI:NTFS drives [EXPERIMENTAL]
  • Fix ext2/ext3 corruption for partitions larger than 4 GB
  • Fix early boot files not being usable on compressed NTFS partitions
  • Fix writing of compressed streams that don't end on sector boundary
  • Fix percent not being displayed on slow format
  • Improve file preallocation and speed up ISO extraction (courtesy of Mattiwatti)
  • Improve ext2/ext3 formatting speed
  • Improve protective MBR message for GPT partitioned drives
  • Improve reporting of Syslinux/GRUB download errors
  • Improve reporting of partition types and of Windows' version
  • Report the usage of UDF symbolic links
  • Update embedded Syslinux to 6.04-pre1

What's New in version 3.8:

  • Fix regression where some ISOs (Debian) would produce a Syslinux error when booting in BIOS mode
  • Fix potential 0xC0030057 errors when trying to create a persistent partitions on a non-FIXED drive

What's New in version 3.7:

Finalize persistent partition support for Debian and Ubuntu:

  • Debian with persistence should work out of the box with any recent 'Debian Live' ISO.
  • Ubuntu with persistence should also work *IF* using a post 2019.08.01 ISO. Note that,
  • because of bug #1489855, trying to use persistence with Ubuntu ISOs that were released
  • before August 2019 will only result in rescue mode during boot - You have been warned!
  • Other distros may work with persistence as long as they use a Debian-like or Ubuntu-like
  • method, and, in the case of Ubuntu-like, if they use casper with the #1489855 bugfix.
  • Add cheat mode () to switch between percent/speed/ETA on *some* operations [EXPERIMENTAL]
  • Report SuperSpeed+ devices in the log (Come on USB-IF, just add 'Ludicrous Speed' already!)
  • Fix UI checkboxes (Extended label, Fixes for old BIOSes) being cleared on START
  • Fix 'Can't mount GUID volume' regression when creating Windows To Go drives
  • Fix 'Volume label is invalid' error with empty labels on Windows 7
  • Fix stale progress bar during standalone ext2/ext3 formatting
  • Fix an extraction failure with R-Drive Image bootable ISOs
  • Disable ISO mode for Pop_OS
  • Other cosmetic and internal improvements

What's New in version 3.6:

  • Add support for persistent partitions [EXPERIMENTAL]
  • (Note: The above won't work with Ubuntu until Ubuntu bug #1489855 is properly fixed)
  • Add a mode to use VDS when partitioning/formatting (Alt-V) [EXPERIMENTAL]
  • Add full extraction support for efi.img (Solus)
  • Fix listing of potentially blocking processes
  • Fix NTFS not being selectable when using Grub4DOS
  • Fix download script not being launched when the user name contains a space
  • Fix translated messages potentially being truncated (e.g. Thai)
  • Fix progress bar report for screen readers (Accessibility issue)
  • Fix a regression where Windows format prompts would not be suppressed
  • Improve(?) Windows To Go support by following Microsoft's recommended partition order
  • Don't enumerate Windows Sandbox VHDs
  • Disable ISO mode when Manjaro ISOHybrids are being used
  • Update embedded GRUB to version 2.04

What's New in version 3.5:

  • Fix Win7 x64 EFI bootloader not being extracted in dual BIOS+UEFI mode

What's New in version 3.5 Beta 2:

  • Add a feature to download official retail Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 ISOs (Note: Check for updates must be enabled for this feature to be active)
  • Add Windows To Go support for MCT generated Windows ISOs
  • Add a notice about the WppRecorder.sys Microsoft bug for Windows 10 1809 ISOs
  • Add a notice about trying to format a drive larger than 2 TB in MBR mode
  • Add a notice about Legacy boot when trying to boot UEFI-only media in Legacy mode
  • Report the full PID and command line of potentially blocking processes in the log
  • Fix a potential silent abort when the drive is in use
  • Fix Quick Format option always being activated
  • Fix potential change of the selected file system after an ISO has been loaded

What's New in version 3.5 Beta:

  • Add a feature to download official retail Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 ISOs
  • Add Windows To Go support for MCT generated Windows ISOs
  • Add a notice about the 'WppRecorder.sys' Microsoft bug for Windows 10 1809 ISOs
  • Add a notice about trying to format a drive larger than 2 TB in MBR mode
  • Add a notice about Legacy boot when trying to boot UEFI-only media in Legacy mode
  • Report the full PID and command line of detected blocking processes in the log
  • Fix a potential silent abort when the drive is in use
  • Fix 'Quick Format' option always being active
  • Fix some unwanted file system changes occurring after an ISO had been selected

What's New in version 3.4:

  • Set the default image selection directory to Downloads\ instead of My Documents\
  • Add ARM/ARM64 automatic update support
  • Improve UEFI:NTFS compatibility
  • Improve access issues by using VDS to delete all partitions
  • Update the .appx to include all architectures as well as request elevation
  • Fix broken detection of some EFI based images
  • Fix broken update check due to server switch
  • UI and accessibility fixes and improvements
  • This version is no longer compatible with Windows XP and Vista

What's New in version 3.4 Beta:

  • Set the default image selection directory to Downloads instead of My Documents
  • Add ARM/ARM64 automatic update support
  • Improve UEFI:NTFS compatibility [#1213]
  • Update the .appx to include all architectures as well as request elevation
  • Fix broken detection of some EFI based images
  • Fix broken update check due to new server
  • UI and accessibility fixes and improvements [#1211][#1215]

What's New in version 3.3:

  • Fix a regression when processing uncompressed bootable DD images
  • Fix Windows To Go drive creation for ARM64 Windows ISOs

What's New in version 3.2 Beta:

  • Add RSA-2048 signature validation on all the server downloads
  • Add 'Quick' erase cheat mode
  • Add support for XP/Server 2003 x64 ISOs (courtesy of Mattiwatti)
  • Improve ISO extraction performance by preallocating files (courtesy of Mattiwatti)
  • Improve bad blocks check algorithm (from suggestions by AL.Skywalker)
  • Fix progress not being displayed for Sylinux or GRUB downloads
  • Fix application close when canceling an image scan

What's New in version 3.1.1320:

  • Fix extraction of ISO content for GRUB based ISOs (Manjaro, Kaspersky, etc.)
  • Fix text being truncated on some dialogs (mostly Russian and Thai)
  • Add detection & warning about the 'Controlled Folder Access' Windows 10 feature
  • Improve retry attempts for transient errors
  • Increase size of the ESP to 300MB, for Windows To Go drives using GPT
  • Update GRUB 2.0 and Grub4DOS to latest
  • Update libcdio to latest

What's New in version 3.0.1304:

  • UI redesign to follow the flow of user operations
  • Drop XP and Vista platform support
  • Switch all downloads to SSL and use https://rufus.ie as the new base URL
  • Add ARM64 support for UEFI:NTFS
  • Fix delays when querying floppy drives during device enumeration
  • Improve support of efi.img files on Linux ISOs
  • Improve support for non-ISO9660 compliant openSUSE Leap ISOs
  • Improve translation support and remove manual positioning
  • Internal fixes and improvements

What's New in version 3.0:

  • UI redesign to follow the flow of user operations
  • Drop XP and Vista platform support
  • Switch all downloads to SSL and use https://rufus.ie as the new base URL
  • Add ARM64 support for UEFI:NTFS
  • Fix delays when querying floppy drives during device enumeration
  • Improve support of efi.img files on Linux ISOs
  • Improve support for non-ISO9660 compliant openSUSE Leap ISOs
  • Improve translation support and remove manual positioning
  • Internal fixes and improvements

What's New in version 2.18 Beta:

  • Ensure that the same drive is reselected on device refresh
  • Add a cheat mode to cycle the USB port of currently selected device
  • Make lookup for updatable .cfg file more generic (e.g. ESET SysRescue)
  • Fix handling of multiextent ISOs (e.g. BlackArch Linux)
  • Fix propagation of image decompression errors

What's New in version 2.17:

  • Add support for Debian 9 live ISOs in UEFI mode
  • Add support for Super Floppy Disk 'partitioning' mode
  • Add support for more non-USB card readers
  • Strengthen download update checks, to prevent attack scenarios that leverage user unawareness
  • Fix an issue with Spanish translation prompts not displaying properly
  • Fix an issue with Windows To Go support on some non-official Windows ISOs
  • Fix an issue with log autoscrolling
  • Fix an issue when using A: or B: as drive letters

What's New in version 2.16:

  • Add an audiovisual cue on completion/error
  • Add a workaround for ISOs using nonstandard Rock Ridge extensions (looking at you Kali Linux!)
  • Notify user when an ISO is broken or truncated
  • Notify user if other processes are accessing the drive before format
  • List processes that are locking a drive on failure
  • Improve verbosity of the Windows To Go process
  • Other fixes and improvements

What's New in version 2.15:

  • Fix non-listing of drives that are opened for write access by another process
  • Report external processes that may be preventing disk access (in the log)
  • Improve Windows To Go support for Windows 10 Creators Update
  • Don't report an error on checkdisk failure
  • Update GRUB 2.0 to latest
  • Additional fixes and improvements

What's New in version 2.14:

  • Fix inability to create BIOS-bootable drives, in some circumstances, due to write sharing permissions

What's New in version 2.13:

  • Preserve 'GPT for UEFI' option if the user changed it before selecting an ISO
  • Fix unwanted notification sound when closing with the X button (#893)
  • Fix inability to restore the minimized application after a popup is displayed (#896)
  • Fix an issue when trying to install Syslinux/NTFS twice in a row (#904)
  • Work around Microsoft's inconsistent casing of device IDs during device enumeration
  • Work around Microsoft's aggressive locking of partitions in Windows 10 Creators Update (#883)
  • Restrict write sharing permissions when accessing a device
  • Update libcdio and GRUB 2.0 to latest

What's New in version 2.11:

  • Do not download BIOS related files unless BIOS boot is selected
  • Improve support for Arch Linux derivatives
  • Add a cheat mode to disable drive indexing on format (Alt-Q)
  • Fix handling of 'Super Floppy Disk' formatted drives
  • Fix handling of misleading short write reports, for drives larger than 1 TB
  • Fix an issue that enabled FAT32 file system selection on some Windows images
  • Fix broken UI font for XP users
  • Fix sanitizing of exFAT labels

What's New in version 2.9:

  • Add ARM support for UEFI:NTFS
  • Fix UEFI:NTFS support for some HP and Gigabyte platforms (with thanks to Rod Smith and linnaea)
  • Fix unwanted listing of some internal removable drives
  • Fix the resurgence of a possible Syslinux installation crash
  • Fix missing default cluster size default on exFAT for >32GB drives
  • Fix the non-removal of the commandline hogger in some corner cases
  • Use \"modern\" file selection dialog on Vista or later (if you can spot the difference, good for you...)

What's New in version 2.5:

  • Add SHA-256 checksum verification
  • Add a cheat mode to disable exclusive USB drive locking (Alt-,)
  • Add digital signature check on update downloads
  • Add Azerbaijani translation
  • Add Persian translation
  • Fix an issue where the update settings dialog may not display properly
  • Report Windows build number in the log (Windows 8 or later)
  • Many localization improvements and fixes, especially for right-to-left languages
  • Additional translation updates

What's New in version 2.4:

  • Fix an UI scaling issue with high DPI displays for non English languages
  • Additional cosmetic improvements

What's New in version 2.3:

  • Detect ISOHybrid images and prompt users on how they should be written
  • Add MD5/SHA1 checksum verification ('#' button on the status bar)
  • Add Zip decompression support for DD Images
  • Add a cheat mode to save the current USB to VHD (Alt-V)
  • Add a cheat mode for ISO timestamp preservation (Alt-T)
  • Add a cheat more for USB enumeration debugging (Alt-.)
  • Disable MS-DOS creation for Windows 10 or later (FreeDOS is still available)
  • Fix Windows To Go creation issues, and enable access to internal disks
  • Fix UEFI support for Fedora ISOs
  • Fix some USB enumeration issues
  • Other improvements and fixes, including translation updates

What's New in version 2.2:

  • Fix an USB detection issue and add support for ASUS UASP 'Turbo Mode'
  • Update Grub4DOS to 0.4.6a [2015.05.18]
  • Other UI improvements and fixes, including translation updates
  • Includes changes from the previous Beta version

What's New in version 2.1:

  • Add 32 bit support for UEFI:NTFS boot
  • Add standalone UEFI:NTFS boot installation, in advanced mode
  • Add Vietnamese translation
  • Disable support for ISOs that don't report their GRUB version (looking at you Kaspersky!)
  • Fix broken Windows UEFI installation when using GPT/NTFS
  • Fix creation of 32 bit UEFI Windows 10 installation flash drives
  • Other improvements

What's New in version 2.0:

  • Major UI improvements (improved font, new info field, no separate progress dialog, etc.)
  • Add support for Windows To Go (when Rufus is running on Windows 8 or later)
  • Add support for Grub4DOS and GRUB 2 based images (e.g. FreeNAS)
  • Add portable application support, through a 'rufus.ini' file
  • Add native decompression support for DD images (.Z, .gz, .lzma, .bz2 and .xz)
  • Add seamless UEFI boot of NTFS partitions, for Windows ISOs with large files (>4GB)
  • Add support for Windows multipart 'install.swm'
  • Add support for non Microsoft VHD drivers
  • Add Norwegian translation, courtesy of JED
  • Fix a crash on image selection when no device is present
  • Fix broken VHD support on non-English version of Windows
  • Fix write error for DD images that are not a multiple of the sector size
  • Fix broken Unicode support
  • Update embedded Syslinux to 6.03
  • Other improvements and fixes
  • Update Windows version listing for Windows 10

What's New in version 1.4.10:

  • Fix crash when scanning disk images with no USB drive plugged in
  • Fix detection of some OCZ flash drives
  • Improve Syslinux 6.x support (for Tails 1.x and other ISOs)
  • Improve disk image handling (refresh partitions, remount drive)
  • Other improvements

What's New in version 1.4.9:

  • Fix listing of drives on Windows XP and Windows Vista

What's New in version 1.4.8:

  • Add Brazilian Portuguese translation, courtesy of Chateaubriand Vieira Moura
  • Fix detection for some Buffalo, Lacie, Samsung, Toshiba and Verbatim drives

What's New in version 1.4.8 Beta:

  • NEW: Add KolibriOS ISO support
  • NEW: Add Arabic, Croatian, Danish, Latvian translations
  • NEW: Allow the use of VHDs as DD image source (fixed disk/uncompressed only)
  • NEW: Report the detected USB speed in the log
  • Fix a long standing issue when launching Rufus using Far Manager
  • Fix support for pure UEFI bootable disk images
  • Various other fixes and improvements

What's New in version 1.4.7:

  • Add VHD support as a target
  • Add ReFS support (only for Windows 8.1 or later and only for fixed drives) (NEW)
  • Add Japanese translation
  • Add Slovak translation
  • Add Swedish translation
  • Improve the display of filesizes when copying content
  • Fix FAT32 cluster transitions
  • Fix unpartitioned drives not always being listed
  • Fix bad blocks report
  • Other minor fixes and improvements

What's New in version 1.4.7 Beta:

  • Add VHD support as a target
  • NEW: Add ReFS support (only for Windows 8.1 or later and only for fixed drives)
  • NEW: Add Japanese translation
  • NEW: Add Slovak translation
  • NEW: Add Swedish translation
  • Improve the display of filesizes when copying content
  • Fix FAT32 cluster transitions
  • Fix unpartitioned drives not always being listed
  • Fix bad blocks report

What's New in version 1.4.6.440:

  • NEW: Display USB size in the dropdown list
  • Add Bulgarian translation
  • Improved checkbox handling in the UI and fix UDF/exFAT formatting issues
  • Fix replacement of obsolete vesamenu.c32
  • Fix an issue that could prevent the download of files from the Rufus website
  • Fix untimely libcdio messages when processing Rock-Ridge ISOs (such as Ubuntu)

What's new in version 1.4.5.428:

  • Fix detection of fixed drives

What's new in version 1.4.4.26:

  • Add uncompressed Disk Image support (FreeBSD, FreeNAS, etc.) (NEW)
  • Add right-to-left language support (NEW)
  • Add an alert when multiple partitions are about to be erased (NEW)
  • Add (unofficial) NTFS Compression support (NEW)
  • Add Finnish translation, courtesy of Riku Brander
  • Ignore failure on ISO autorun.inf creation, to keep dumb security applications happy
  • Improve hotplug detection
  • Improve Syslinux v5+ support (requires an internet connection to download extra files)
  • Fix support for latest gparted, ArchLinux, and other Syslinux v5+ based ISOs
  • Fix detection for Toshiba drives (again)
  • Fix UDF Unicode support

What's New in version 1.4.3:

  • Fix format operation not starting on Windows XP

What's New in version 1.4.2:

  • Add USB Attached SCSI (UAS) support (NEW)
  • Add ReactOS support (NEW)
  • Add NTFS UEFI support, for targets that can support it (NEW)
  • Add insertion detection for USB memory card readers (NEW)
  • Add retry when writing ISO files... again
  • Add Chinese (Simplified) translation, courtesy of ??
  • Add Indonesian translation, courtesy of Abe Akatsuki
  • Add Malay translation, courtesy of Muhammad Aman
  • Add Portuguese (Portugal) translation, courtesy of Fernando Baptista
  • Speed up boot record cleanup, for slow drives
  • Improve initial locale detection
  • Save user selected locale between sessions (NEW)
  • Always use English locale in the log, where possible
  • Fix detection for some SanDisk, Kingston, HP and Toshiba drives
  • Fix a potential issue with drive letter assignation
  • Various other fixes and improvements

What's New in version 1.4.1:

  • Fix broken Syslinux support
  • Add Slovenian support

What's New in version 1.4.0:

  • Add 'smart' detection of USB HDD vs USB Flash Drive (NEW)
  • Add retry on errors when writing ISO files (NEW)
  • Add detection and display of VID:PID for the target device, in the log (NEW)
  • Updated Syslinux to v4.0.7
  • Fixed some issues with DOS localization
  • Fixed FAT32 formatting for GPT and large drives
  • Fixed support for Ubuntu, Scientific Linux, unofficial Windows and other ISOs
  • Various other fixes and improvements

What's New in version 1.4.0 Beta 2:

  • Fixed FAT32 formatting for GPT disks
  • Add localization support, with native integration for the following language: Korean

What's New in version 1.4.0 Beta:

  • Add 'smart' detection of USB HDD vs USB Flash Drive
  • Add retry when writing ISO files
  • Add detection and display VID:PID for the target device (in the log)
  • Updated Syslinux to v4.0.7
  • Fixed some issues with DOS localization
  • Fixed FAT32 formatting for large disks
  • Fixed support for Ubuntu, Scientific Linux, unofficial Windows and other ISOs

What's New in version 1.3.4:

  • Syslinux v5 support
  • UDF formatting support - Vista and later only
  • More drive handling improvements, to avoid 'Could not open media' errors
  • Fixed support for ISOs containing files larger than 4GB
  • Fixed elevation request for unprivileged users
  • Fixed download of c32 files into the application directory
  • Better compression algorithm for the executable
  • Other bug fixes and improvements (spelling, UI etc.)

What's New in version 1.3.3:

  • Drive handling and hotplug detection overhaul
  • Add support for raw/unpartitioned drives
  • Add (limited) commandline support, to specify an ISO image to open
  • Add option to list fixed/unpartitioned drives (in advanced mode)
  • Fix broken detection of unsupported ISO images
  • Various other fixes and improvements

What's New in version 1.3.2:

  • Fix support for newer ArchLinux ISOs, that was removed in 1.3.1
  • Add support for UEFI boot, as well as GPT. What this means is that Rufus can now produce UEFI bootable UFDs from EFI compatible ISOs, such as Windows 7 x64, Windows 8, ArchLinux, etc.
  • The first partition is now always aligned to 1MB (unless advanced options are used)
  • Internal refactoring and fixes

What's New in version 1.3.1:

  • Fix Windows XP ISO support, that was broken in 1.3.0
  • Drop support for ArchLinux, until they fix their ISO9660 compliance
  • Indicate which of FAT32 or Large FAT32 will be used, as well as the Partition Scheme
  • Various internal fixes

What's New in version 1.3.0:

  • FAT32 format support for >32GB drives
  • Based on fat32format, from Ridgecrop Consultants Ltd
  • Automated update check
  • Relax ISO9660 compliance for Arch Linux images
  • Add support for VMWare ESXi 5.1 ISO images
  • Update Syslinux to v4.0.6 and libcdio to v0.90
  • Miscellaneous UI improvements and fixes

What's New in version 1.2.0:

  • Single version of Rufus, with FreeDOS embedded
  • Add a toggleable advanced options panel
  • Add taskbar progress (Windows 7 or later)
  • Integrate logging output in the application
  • Add bare Syslinux installation for (FAT partitions only)
  • Fixes unavailable boot option with empty card readers (reported by TheHive)
  • Works around the use of non-ISO compliant LiveXP images (reported by TheHive)
  • Various other bugfixes and improvements

What's New in version 1.1.6:

  • Add ISO support for Windows XP (SP2 or later), Windows 2003 and BartPE