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Fedora Media Writer Live Windows 10 ISO

asked 2018-05-24 13:58:46 -0500

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I have Fedora installed on my computer as the sole OS with HD partitioned as below, not sure if it was done correctly as I am a tech novice.

I want to repartition to have windows 10 as the default OS with aprox 100GB of space and 28GB for AV Linux.

I have backed up all my relevant files and created live USBs for both windows and AVLinux with fedora media writer. My plan/hope was to boot from the windows USB and use the windows partition manager during that setup to partition as above. Then I would install windows and immediately after install AV Linux.

First things first though... I shut down my computer and then plug in the windows live ISO and start it up, I get to the boot manager page and I see no new boot option for USB. I suspect this is not a problem with my Dell XPS 13 as I installed Fedora through a live USB. Is there a way to force the USB to be bootable or make it recognised as such at the boot menu?

thanks for any help or guidance,


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answered 2018-05-24 18:51:51 -0500

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updated 2018-05-24 18:56:13 -0500

It looks a bit hard on a Dell XPS 13:

Using F12 for boot menu does not show the usb boot device by default. It has to be added manually in the bios.

Disable secure boot. Well, for Windows iso, you probably don't need to.

When adding a new boot device you give it a name which appears under the (F12) boot menu. Next you select the usb device listed (Easier if there is only one plugged in!).

IMPORTANT PART! Filename -> Don't try entering the filename manually. Press enter and you will be presented with a simple file browser. Browse to efi\boot and select bootx64.efi.

If the filename is not correct selecting the new usb boot option in the (F12) boot menu will just appear to be booting as normal ignoring your selected boot device.

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Rumors say it can be different for specific sub-models:

it is a tutorial video SPECIFCALLY for the 2015 & 2016 SkyLake series of Dell XPS 13 9350, and Dell XPS 15 9550

PaulD gravatar imagePaulD ( 2018-05-24 18:59:18 -0500 )edit

Thanks so much PaulD! That video is great. I was able to add the usb boot option to the f12 boot menu as described. The issue I am now having is that when I select "USB" from the f12 boot menu it seems to start up then briefly displays the message:

System bootOrder not found. Initializing defaults.

Reset System

contra gravatar imagecontra ( 2018-05-25 15:19:01 -0500 )edit

I thought this was maybe an issue with trying to use the fedora media writer instead of the windows tool (which does not work for linux). The tool does not recognise the windows usb as having a live system despite writing it. I tried the AV linux live usb and had the same issue though and is recognised by media writer as having a live system.

I think I will have to find a friend with a windows 10 computer regardless as it seems media writer makes the live usb read only so I cannot add a driver folder for the wifi and SSD drivers.

What is my next step?

contra gravatar imagecontra ( 2018-05-25 15:22:11 -0500 )edit

answered 2018-05-24 14:12:16 -0500

jo_117 gravatar image

updated 2018-05-24 14:22:00 -0500

Well u just need to change boot order , probably f2 button or delete button or f10 or f12 for ur system during reboot. U need to change your boot order of usb drive on top ie in top of the sequence. This will force the usb to load first during it reboot.

For installation,my suggestion is that u should firstly Install win10 ..create the disk as per ur requirements(100GB) and leave (28 GB ) some unlocated space for your Linux .and after win10 installation go for Linux installation select automatic installation so it will automatically select the required 28 GB disk.

Hope it helps....

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Thanks jo_117 I'm having issues with having the computer recognize the live usb now that I have changed the boot order as above... any ideas?

contra gravatar imagecontra ( 2018-05-25 15:23:32 -0500 )edit

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