How To Boot From Usb Dell Xps 13

If you wish to boot your Dell XPS 13 device using a USB drive, read and proceed with the guided instructions given below.

  1. First, you have to change the POST behavior from Fastboot to Thorough.
  2. Then, insert the USB drive into your device and perform the boot process.

Changing the POST behavior from Fastboot to Through

  1. Boot your Dell XPS 13 device by pressing the F2 button available on your system’s keyboard.
  2. Now, a dialog box will appear on the screen.
  3. Locate the POST Behaviour section and select the Through option instead of Fastboot.

How To Boot From Usb Dell Xps 13

Inserting the USB drive and booting your system.

  1. Locate the right USB port on your system.
  2. Insert your USB drive into it.
  3. After that, reboot your system.
  4. Press the F12 button while booting occurs.
  5. When prompted, select your USB driver in the boot options.
  6. Do as per the instructions displayed on the screen to complete the boot process using the USB drive.


  1. If you are unable to boot your Dell XPS 13 using the USB drive, then enable the UEFI and secure boot options. 
  2. After that, create a UEFI- bootable flash drive using the Microsoft media creation tool. 
  3. Now, insert the USB drive and turn on your Dell XPS 13 system.
  4. Press the F12 button when your system begins to boot up.
  5. If the boot process fails again, run the diagnostic tool to check the hardware status of your Dell system.

Running the diagnostic tool

  1. Switch off your Dell system.
  2. Ensure that no external device(s) are connected to your system.
  3. Wait for a few seconds/ minutes for your Dell system to cool down.
  4. After a while, turn on your Dell system.
  5. Make sure to press the F12 button as soon as your system starts to boot up.
  6. Keep pressing the F12 button until the Preparing one-time boot menu appears on your system’s screen.
  7. From the boot menu, choose the Diagnostic option.
  8. Select the Hard drive option followed by the Thorough Test Mode.
  9. The above method will fix the USB boot problem.