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I have a Dell Inspiron 5520 with Windows 8.1 x64 and I want to install Ubuntu as a secondary OS. Earlier, I have tried installing JoliOS Express with the *.exe package and it said It was missing a file called winbuidr.mbr or something like it (Probably because I have UEFI BiOS Mode). My main question:

How do I install Ubuntu from a USB drive while my USB Port is not a boot location? How can I make it a boot location?

Computer Info:

  • DELL Inspiron 5520
  • Windows 8.1
  • x64 Build
  • Intel Core i7 @ 2.20 GHz
  • BiOS Version: A14
  • BiOS Mode: UEFI
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Press F12 during the BIOS sequence, there should be an option to boot from a removable drive.

Edit: I found this thread, that should have a solution. You can also refer to this askubuntu answer.

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Not really the problem. I actually do that but I don't see a USB choice. I've even tried the advanced boot from PC Settings>Update and Recovery>Recovery. Then, I choose the EFI USB. It will say, NO BOOT CHOICE FOUND. – juniorRubyist Nov 29 '13 at 16:50
On my XPS 15 (L502x) it's not called 'USB drive' but 'removable storage' or something similar. – Thom Wiggers Nov 29 '13 at 16:51
updated answer with… – Thom Wiggers Nov 29 '13 at 16:53
I might even try disabling the W2G Input setting. – juniorRubyist Nov 29 '13 at 16:55
W2G = Windows to Go – juniorRubyist Nov 29 '13 at 16:55

You should be able to boot into the BIOS and change the boot order. Usually moving the specific device in question to the top will make it try and boot from that device first and then go down the list.

I had to turn off UEFI Safe Boot to get things to work as I would consider normal.

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Do you have this computer? Exact model (Inspiron 5520)? – juniorRubyist Nov 29 '13 at 16:51

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