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#1 Akeo


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Posted 26 April 2023 - 12:17 AM

(Start a new thread once more, since this is a major version and I supposed the old thread has been getting long enough...)


It is with great pleasure that I announce the release of Rufus 4.0.


This new major release comes with the following changes:

  • Fix persistent partition not working with Ubuntu 23.04
  • Fix out of range pointer error with Ubuntu 23.04 when booting in BIOS mode
  • Fix boot freeze with Ubuntu Studio when Secure Boot is enabled
  • Fix incorrect architecture detection when checking for updates
  • Fix a Windows Store application crash when processing GRUB bootloaders
  • Fix a Windows Store application crash when enumerating processes that contain a % sign
  • Fix a Windows Store application crash when using German localization

Whereas the changes from the last release are mostly fixes, the major version received a bump to 4.x on account that:

  • Rufus is now requiring Windows 8 or later (Windows 7 is no longer supported)
  • The Rufus executable now defaults to 64-bit x86 rather than 32-bit x86 (though a 32-bit x86 executable is provided if you still need one)
  • Previous versions of Rufus might potentially not be able to update to a working 4.0 executable

We also decided not to go through a BETA for this release due to the Ubuntu 23.04 fixes needing to be released on a rather urgent basis.


Hopefully, this new release will live to your expectations. If not, I will remind you that you can always log an issue in the Rufus issue tracker.



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#2 misty


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Posted 27 April 2023 - 06:21 PM

Thanks Akeo.

Whilst I generally prefer/use a manual approach, Rufus is my goto when I can't be ars3d - it's portable, simple and intuitive.

Fantastic work.

#3 TheHive


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Posted 3 weeks ago

Thanks! and congrats on the new updates.


I was wondering if in the future, rufus could have an option to create output to a file vhd, img or something similar.

#4 Akeo


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Posted A day ago

Rufus 4.1 has been released:

  • Add timeouts on enumeration queries that may stall on some systems
  • Restore MS-DOS drive creation through the download of binaries from Microsoft
  • Update the log button icon
  • Fix UEFI:NTFS incompatibility with Windows Dev Kit 2023 platform
  • Fix more GRUB 'out of range pointer' errors with Ubuntu/Fedora when booting in BIOS mode

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