The Ultimate Guide To Etcher: How To Use It And Why You Should

In this week’s topic we’re going to talk about Etcher which is a powerful program for creating bootable USB Drives of ISOs of Windows operating systems from Windows XP all the way to Windows 10 and supports both 32 and 64-bit versions! This has also been a favorite in the PC Community for years and is a trusted Windows Bootable USB Creator. And for years it means you can find tutorials and videos on Etcher more than a decade old.

With all that time it has built up a reputation of being reliable and fast as well as beginner-friendly.  And with the name, it is a Windows-centered Bootable USB Creation tool that exclusively works on Windows-powered devices and can only flash Windows ISOs.

Like most other bootable USB Creators, the aim of this program is to make your Bootable USB Creation a walk in the park and it does with the much-beloved duo of an easy installation and an easy-to-follow flashing process along with a very simple user interface that will not easily confuse its users. Its user interface while not all that modern is up to the task.

Unto the features of Etcher. Great news if you want to have 2 or more bootable Windows versions on your USB Device then Etcher is here! This program has great Multiboot support which allows users to flash different Windows ISOs on a single USB drive through their own Multiboot manager.

A great feature of Etcher which other bootable USB Creator programs that are yet to introduce are the option to read files other than ISO or IMG, this allows users that have stored their ISO in a zip file for compression and storage-saving to directly use this zip file for their needs without having to extract its contents. This is both a time and storage saver and saves users the hassle of troubleshooting whether they have placed their desired ISOs in the correct directory. 

The next feature of Etcher is being able to transfer live CDs or DVDs to a bootable USB Device. Live CDs or DVDs might be a thing of the past but they contain some things that some may still deem desirable today such as BartPE which is a tool that customizes the beloved Windows XP Operating System into a lightweight environment. This is so lightweight that all registry files are loaded into RAM, piqued your curiosity, didn’t it? So this feature of Etcher might have some use for you in the future.

Lastly, Etcher allows its users to choose between USB-HDD or USB-FDD mode, FDD stands for Floppy Disk Drive. This is given because some motherboards can only boot through the old USB-FDD mode.

A sad reality for Etcher however is that it has seemed to have stopped development and the latest version was released in 2019, however, with no major bugs and quite a sea of tutorials on YouTube alone that will guide users there seems to be little use for an update unless it comes to be incompatible with future Windows Updates.

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