Windows 11 - Boot from USB


Kan Lang

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hi, just received my (or 'a', depends on whether I will like the machine, or not) new Dell XPS 17 with Windows 11 installed. Learning from previous experiences I want to make a backup preferably using my favorite program Macrium Reflect before changing anything to the machine at all.

I am able to select an option from within Windows that shows a USB, but it brings me to some https help-system. Don't want that.

How can I start the machine from USB like I am able in Windows 10?

Thanks in advance, Kan
 
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me75006

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found this in the tutorial section:
 

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I have a Dell XPS 13 and I had that issue. What I discovered that none of my boot devices would work for Windows 11 (whereas they previously worked for all others OSs), so I recreated my USB boot stick using the Windows Media Creation Tool. Once it was done, I deleted the files on the USB and copied my previous media on to the newly created USB media and all was well. Anyway, that is what worked for me. Hope it helps.
 

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Please list all of the computer specs.
 

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How can I start the machine from USB like I am able in Windows 10?
FWIW-
I've a new XPS 8940 and would need to do the following to boot from a REPAIR DISC
1. Set disc in drive
2. restrart PC
3. start pressing F12
A boot screen will appear--- now select the boot path you wish to use.
I've tested this on my desktop to insure I can use the REPAIR DISC I made in the event I need to reload the drive IMAGE (WindowsImageBackup ) file.
Hope this helps
 

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Does the BIOS show the USB drive as being bootable?
 

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I've not tested this with a USB drive but when I use my disc that drive is listed.
 

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    The case fan and CPU cooler were after purchase upgrades...the i7 cpu runs hot and the OE solution can best be described as marginal when CPU intensive apps are used.
    ALSO added a VRM heatsink.

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Does the BIOS show the USB drive as being bootable?
Most BIOS's would only show if a usb drive is attached or not, and what the boot order is. I have never (personally) seen one that tells if the drive is bootable or not. I accept some bios's may be able to identify if drive has a bcd.
 

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Most BIOS's would only show if a usb drive is attached or not, and what the boot order is. I have never (personally) seen one that tells if the drive is bootable or not. I accept some bios's may be able to identify if drive has a bcd.
It might just be my computers, but I have always seen any bootable drive listed a boot source.
 

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It might just be my computers, but I have always seen any bootable drive listed a boot source.
My point is most will also show non bootable drives, so you cannot tell. I just tested it on my new uefi only laptop, and drive shows in boot menu regardless if drive is bootable or not.

I click on the boot menu item and it just jumps back to bios if drives is not bootable as you would expect.

Is it possible, you only ever looked in bios when you knew usb drive was bootable (pointless otherwise)?
Try it?
 

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    16 GB
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    Integrated Intel Iris XE
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    Realtek built in
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    1920x1080
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    1 TB Optane NVME SSD, 1 TB NVME SSD
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Is it possible, you only ever looked in bios when you knew usb drive was bootable
I know because that's how I use to choose the boot drive source. If the drive wasn't bootable, I couldn't select it as the source.
 

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    ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming 4/ax
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    16GB (8GB PC4-19200 DDR4 SDRAM x2)
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TI
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio
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    Samsung SAM0A87 Samsung SAM0D32
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
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    NVMe WDC WDS100T2B0C-00PXH0 1TB
    Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1TB
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    750 Watts (62.5A)
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    16 MB DDR 4-2666
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    AMD Radeon
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    15.6"
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My point is most will also show non bootable drives, so you cannot tell. I just tested it on my new uefi only laptop, and drive shows in boot menu regardless if drive is bootable or not.

I click on the boot menu item and it just jumps back to bios if drives is not bootable as you would expect.

Is it possible, you only ever looked in bios when you knew usb drive was bootable (pointless otherwise)?
Try it?
I just took a photo of the BIOS boot priority on my old desktop with two external USB drives connected to it. Only one of the USB drives was bootable.

Bios Boot.jpg
 
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    Motherboard
    ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming 4/ax
    Memory
    16GB (8GB PC4-19200 DDR4 SDRAM x2)
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TI
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SAM0A87 Samsung SAM0D32
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    NVMe WDC WDS100T2B0C-00PXH0 1TB
    Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1TB
    PSU
    750 Watts (62.5A)
    Case
    PowerSpec/Lian Li ATX 205
    Keyboard
    Logitech K270
    Mouse
    Logitech M185
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge and Firefox
    Antivirus
    ESET Internet Security
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    Windows 11 Dev
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy x360 15-ds1083cl
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 4700U 2.0GHZ
    Memory
    16 MB DDR 4-2666
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6"
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    PCIe NVMe M.2 512GB
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge and Edge Canary
    Antivirus
    ESET Internet Security

Kan Lang

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Hi all, thanks so much for your swift and detailed replies. I fumbled around with it for a while but to no avail. This most certainly would be a solvable problem, as long as one keeps on searching.

But in the meantime I experienced very annoying sharp edges to the XPS 17's body where my wrists would rest. I decided that was reason for me to send the machine back. Apparently I am not the only one using this type of Dell ( https://www.reddit.com/r/Dell/comments/k1mte4 ).

Thanks once more, I will revert to using the tenforums for a while. See you around! Regards, Kan
 

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