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Dell XPS 8900 Boot from USB guide to install Windows or Linux

Dell XPS 8900 Boot from USB

Here is the Dell XPS 8900 Boot from USB guide which can work for Windows and Linux. So without wasting time lets discuss USB boot guide for your Dell XPS 8900.

What is Boot from USB?

  • It is a process of starting a Computer operating system from the USB drive.
  • Booting from USB enables to get booting information in a USB  rather than using a hard disk or the CD drive.
  • All new operating systems support to boot from USB.

About Dell XPS 8900

  • It is powered by 4.0 GHz Intel Core i7-6700 6th Generation Quad-Core Skylake processor
    with the RAM of 16GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB SSD for the storage.
  • The graphics are powered by 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT 730
  • Lastly, Windows 10 Home 64-bit Edition is pre-installed.

Full specifications

Advantages of Booting from USB?

There are many advantages of Booting from USB over other booting options such as DVD and other which are discussed below,

  • No need to purchase any blank CD and you can fill your own stuff along with the ISO file.
  • USB Drives are reusable
  • Faster read and write than CD
  • Very convenient and portable

Disadvantages of Booting from USB

  • Booting from USB is depended on the Hardware such as BIOS, motherboard and flash drive model as it may be working with one computer and refuses to another.
  • CD has wider support and USB boot functionality is not available for may operating system.

Ways to Create a Bootable USB in Dell XPS 8900

1. Create a Bootable USB using Rufus

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Create Bootable to usb using rufus to boot from USB in Dell XPS 8900

  1. After installing Rufus simply select the ISO file from the file manager and accept all settings when the popup window appears.
  2. Select MBR partition scheme for BIOS or UEFI  and If your laptop has UEFI bios then select the other two options.
  3. For the Filesystem select NTFS  option and select if your PC has UEFI bios then select FAT32.
  4. The default Cluster size option should be selected.
  5. Make sure all three options including Quick Format, Create a Bootable disk using and Create extended labels and icon files are selected.
  6. Finally, start the process and this software will automatically format and create bootable USB flash drive.

2. Create a Bootable USB using Unetbootin

UNetbootin enables you to create a bootable USB drive for Live operating system for Ubuntu and other Linux distributions. To create a Bootable Live USB drive follow the instructions below,

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  • Create Bootable to usb to boot from USB in Dell XPS 8900
  • UNetbootin installs the Linux Distros ISO files for you if you want to use your own downloaded ISO file then follow instructions below,
  • Dell XPS 8900 Unetbootin
  • To use already downloaded ISO file select the disk image option and provide the location of the file by clicking “…”.
  • After selecting the Linux Distribution or ISO file Format your USB drive as FAT32.
  • Target the USB drive on your Dell XPS 8900 and click on OK.
  • The process will automatically start and in case the installation doesn’t complete you can reformat USB as FAT32.

3. By using Universal USB Installer

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  • Using the Universal USB Installer is the easiest way to create a live Linux USB or bootable USB.
  • All you need to do is selecting the ISO file, your Flash Drive and, finally, Click Install.
  • The process will automatically start and you will receive a ready bootable USB Flash Drive.

Change boot-order to boot from USB in Dell XPS 8900

  • Restart or turn on your Dell XPS 8900
  • As soon as DELL logo is displayed, watch for the F2 prompt to appear, and then press F2 immediately
  • The boot menu should be displayed where you can select your USB drive

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