Tuesday 22 November 2022

10 best free apps to run bootable ISOs from your stick


ISO image file is one of the most popular CD/DVD disc images, an ISO file can contain all the contents of an operating system or some other application. Many times we use it (when it includes this feature) to run operating systems or other applications autonomously from within our computer environment without necessarily entering our computer's operating system. For this purpose, several tools have been developed to help us achieve our goal. However, some of them stand out for their functionality and capabilities. So today we have chosen and present to you the 10 best.



Ventoy is a free program created to create a bootable USB for ISO files. You don't need to format the disc again and again, all you need is to copy the ISO file to the USB drive. You can copy multiple ISO files at once and ventoy will give you a boot menu to select them.

Both legacy BIOS and UEFI are supported in the same way. It has been tested and works with over 200 ISO files. Simple to use, fast (limited only by iso copying speed) and with support for files larger than 4GB with Legacy and UEFI boot menu styles. 

After downloading the application we unzip it, and after opening the Ventoy folder we run the Ventoy2Disk application and select the USB device to install the application. Caution the USB drive will be formatted and all its data will be lost after installation.

After the installation is complete, you just need to copy the ISO files to your stick. From there, all you have to do is restart the computer, leaving your USB stick in the USB port. In a few seconds you will see the names of the ISO files you have copied appear on your computer screen. Finally click on the ISO you wish to boot with. In conclusion, I find it to be the best app by far among all the others available for this purpose.



It is an application for Windows, which prepares your flash to install Windows versions from 2000 / XP, boot various Linux and BSD as well as other Windows versions, Linux, DOS and other utilities. Since the v1.1 program can create a USB disk with versions of Windows that support UEFI (Vista x64 SP1 and later x64 versions), which USB disk can be used in both (U)EFI and Legacy BIOS modes. What can we install on our stick? Windows installation files - XP, 2000, 2003, Vista, WIndows 7, Server 2008, Windows 8, Server 2012 and 32 and 64 bit versions.

Since version 1.1 the program allows to create a USB disk which can boot in both BIOS and UEFI environment. Multiple sources based on WinPE2 (Vista and above) from ISO files such as Windows Defender Offline, recent versions of Norton Ghost, and PE (preinstallation environment) PC manufacturer recovery discs. such as WinPE1, BartPE, UBCD4Win, LiveXP and similar programs WinBuilder, WinFLPC etc.

Multiple Linux-based distributions and utilities from ISO files - Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, CentOS to name a few, this includes most Antivirus rescue disks and many other ISO images, as long as they are compatible with grub4dos CD emulation, such as the Ultimate Boot CD, most DOS-based utilities, Acronis and Paragon boot disks, and more.



Many times, especially for those who work a lot with computers, they find it necessary to use some tools to determine the problem they may be facing when, for example, a computer is infected with a virus and we cannot do anything through windows, or even when a computer starts but can't get into windows and more. Of course, for this purpose there are professional tools that cost a lot.

But today we will deal with a multitool that will give us the possibility to make a USB Flash with all those tools that are necessary. We will base all our effort on the very good and promising software SARDU which will enable us to build such a tool consisting of the best free programs.

For more options in the features of the application you will need to register (it is free) to obtain the activation codeproduct. For full access to everything you need to buy the professional versionproduct.

YUMI Multiboot USB Creator


YUMI is the successor to MultibootISOs. It can be used to create a multi-boot USB Flash Drive containing multiple operating systems, antivirus programs, disk cloners, diagnostic tools, and more. Unlike MultiBoot ISO which uses the grub system to boot ISO files directly from USB, it uses syslinux to boot. The way it works is very simple and you can in the table of contents download the programs you want to put in your flash, the table of programs available is not binding in the sense that you can install a bunch more isos that are not included in him.



Completely free program that you can use to enable USB drives, hard drives, SD cards, or almost any external storage device and make it bootable to boot from either an ISO or a fully installed partition on a drive. You can also use it with disk images so you can boot or install backup images (backups) of your computer in case something goes wrong. The process consists of 6 basic steps that you should follow, however because the field of available applications that can be used is large, please read the help text before starting.

AIO Boot


AIO Boot is a user-friendly and easy-to-use tool that can help you make a bootable USB on which you can install dozens of different operating systems and tools. You should use FAT32 partitions to support booting in UEFI mode. However, FYI you should know that some operating systems such as Bitdefender, Fedora and Gentoo do not support booting to NTFS partitions.

As is known, NTFS partitions can store files larger than 4GB. So you can store large files like backups, VHD files ... and you can use more than 4GB mode for Android-x86, Remix OS, Phoenix OS and WifiSlax 4.12. Therefore, in this case we should use the NTFS or exFAT format. You should enter a size for the FAT32 partition. The remaining space will be used for NTFS / exFAT partitions. In our presentation we will proceed with the simplest way of installation.

We use a USB stick with as much capacity as possible, in which we will install the applications we are interested in so that when we start from there we can run various operating systems from windows to Android as well as many other applications and security programs .


  1.  We download the application and connect our stick to any USB port. It would be good to have it configured as FAT 32 before, however we can do the same in the next step (step 2)
  2. We run the application, select our stick as the installation destination and press OK

  3. Once the installation is complete, we will see the application menu.

  4.  Click on the field Integration and by choice Select Pack we choose exactly what we want to install on our stick. From there and after the selection Select files select the relevant ISO file from your computer and click OK to start the installation. Once the installation of the application we have selected is complete, if we have to go through another one we follow exactly the same procedure and so on.

  5. After we finish our registrations, we can press on the button Tools and click on the option TEST BOOT. There we can see our interface as it will look when our computer starts.

  6. It is not necessary to install all the applications you want at the same time. Anytime you want just open the USB and run the executable file  AIOCreator to add new applications at a time.



UNetbootin is a small program that allows you to create bootable USBs for a variety of Windows or Linux distributions, or burn a CD. You can download one of the many supported distributions out-of-the-box or get your own Linux. Iso file, (unless you have already downloaded the distribution you want). Select the distribution you want, insert the USB Drive into the corresponding slot on your computer and press OK. Wait until the Download is complete, and the program will automatically install the distribution you selected.



The ISO image file is one of the most popular CD/DVD disc images, and an ISO file can contain the entire contents of the disc. ISO to USB is a free small software that can burn an ISO image file directly to USB drives, memory sticks and other USB storage devices, it also supports creating a bootable USB disk for Windows operating systems. With this software you can easily save these ISO files to your stick. 

The interface of the program is very simple, you only need to select the ISO file you want to burn and the destination USB drive, then click the "Burn" button, a USB disk containing all the ISO image data will be created. 

The application only supports Windows bootable disk that can work with both bootmgr and NTLDR boot mode and can create a USB disk with FAT, FAT32, exFAT or NTFS file system. The program has been tested with Win8 / Win7 PE and WinXP PE bootable ISO image files.



Program with the help of which we can make bootable USB disks from ISO images. Of course, if you have an ISO image, then you could burn it to a CD or DVD, but this will not help much if the computer you want to run the image does not have a CD-DVD Drive. Besides, USB is much easier to carry, difficult to damage and of course much faster. 

It can be especially useful in cases where: you want to create USB installation media from bootable ISO images (Windows, Linux, UEFI, etc.) you want to work on a system that does not have an operating system installed you want to flash the BIOS or other firmware from DOS you want to run a utility (low-level). Despite the small size of the application, Rufus provides everything you need! One advantage of Rufus is that it is quite fast. 

For example, it is about twice as fast as UNetbootin, Universal USB Installer or the Windows 7 USB download tool in creating a Windows 7 installation USB from an ISO image. Rufus is also marginally faster when creating a Linux bootable USB from an ISO image. The list of ISO formats supported by Rufus can be found at the bottom of the page. Rufus does not require any installation, and will automatically detect your USB drive. 

If you need more options it allows you to configure how the USB drive should be formatted (file system, size and so on), the program even includes some options that may help you to recognize your applications on older computers , (although usually these options are not necessary).



Etcher is an open source application that allows you to create bootable USB sticks. It only allows the selection of removable devices, thus reducing the chance of accidentally deleting a hard drive. Once the image is written, Etcher validates the results to assure us that it will work correctly. Supports image formats, ISO, IMG, RAW, and other types. Etcher copies byte-by-byte images without making any conversions to the final device, which means that images that require special editing to boot, such as Windows images, will not work. In these cases, the general advice is to use software specifically for this type of image.
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