Tzaqa
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Dell XPS 420 secure boot

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Hello, i have and old Dell XPS 420 (Q9300, 5gb RAM) and today i wanted to install a fresh windows 7 on the new SSD. The problem is that i cannot install windows from a USB device and a lot of people have told me that i need to first disable boot secure to be able to do that. I've looked in the bios (bios version A07) and there is no option regarding the boot secure, so my question is: where do i find that option?

Any replies would be so much welcomed.

Thank you,

Andrew

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Philip_Yip
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Re: Dell XPS 420 secure boot

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The XPS 420 is an older 2007 model which has a Legacy Only BIOS and therefore does not have a UEFI BIOS (introduced in 2011) or Secure Boot (introduced in 2012). The Bootable USB (best made using Rufus) should be setup using the MBR Partition Scheme and use the NTFS format.
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Re: Dell XPS 420 secure boot

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@Tzaqa wrote:

Hello, i have and old Dell XPS 420 (Q9300, 5gb RAM) and today i wanted to install a fresh windows 7 on the new SSD. The problem is that i cannot install windows from a USB device and a lot of people have told me that i need to first disable boot secure to be able to do that. I've looked in the bios (bios version A07) and there is no option regarding the boot secure, so my question is: where do i find that option?

Any replies would be so much welcomed.

Thank you,

Andrew


 

Disabling Secure Boot should not be necessary for your PC.

Are you sure you have a bootable USB flash drive of Windows 7? I suspect that is your problem.

 

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Philip_Yip
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Re: Dell XPS 420 secure boot

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The XPS 420 is an older 2007 model which has a Legacy Only BIOS and therefore does not have a UEFI BIOS (introduced in 2011) or Secure Boot (introduced in 2012). The Bootable USB (best made using Rufus) should be setup using the MBR Partition Scheme and use the NTFS format.
Dr Philip Yip
Tech Enthusiast and Author of the Unofficial Dell Windows Reinstallation Guide

Windows FAQs and OEM Downloads


#IDoNotWorkFor Dell
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Tzaqa
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Re: Dell XPS 420 secure boot

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Hei Philip, Rufus is the same tool i used Smiley Happy i know for certain that i used the NTFS format but i cannot remember if it was set up using MBR Partition Scheme (to be honest, i dont even know what that is). I will try again as soon as i get home and reply here with my results.

Thanks !

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Tzaqa
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It worked, i'm installing windows as i write this message. Thank you guys for your support.

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