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Unable to enable USB live boot option in BIOS/UEFI - Inspiron 3505 - Windows 10 - Already tried disabling FastBoot

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BIOS doesn't matter, your computer can only run one OS at a time, so whichever you boot will control the machine, that being said from your Linux you will be able to mount your hard drive and open/read/amend any of the pictures and documents in your windows home folder, but even if you boot windows and plug in your Linux drive, windows will not be able to read it.
DO please read the full Kali documentation before you go too far, particularly this page. https://www.kali.org/docs/introduction/should-i-use-kali-linux/
 


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BIOS doesn't matter, your computer can only run one OS at a time, so whichever you boot will control the machine, that being said from your Linux you will be able to mount your hard drive and open/read/amend any of the pictures and documents in your windows home folder, but even if you boot windows and plug in your Linux drive, windows will not be able to read it.
DO please read the full Kali documentation before you go too far, particularly this page. https://www.kali.org/docs/introduction/should-i-use-kali-linux/
OK thanks and that's great to know that Linux is able to read all files whilst Windows cannot read Linux ones actually.
I will be sure to read through the Kali guide if I go much further but am just looking through the Debian literature you sent at the moment - I did see that its quite easy to wipe your entire hard drive with Kali so I'm approaching with caution!

Where I'm looking to try out a number of live distro's before settling on one of them to either install permanently or as a dual booting system with Windows (if I can't convince my partner to drop Windows completely or figure out how to run Windows from within a Linux VM/container where it can't do anything naughty hopefully) - is it ok to setup say 6 partitions on the 32 GB USB stick with a live distro on each just to try them out and save some faffing about?
 

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sorry to give you more reading, but this is your guide
Looks like that software has been unsupported for a couple of years looking at the comments.

I guess its not as simple as just creating 6 partitions and placing an ISO in each so you can select the one you want from the UEFI short boot menu?
 

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From your photos I see you are using an InsydeH20 Bios - also you have no Admin password set - on InsydeH20 Bios you have to set the Admin password in order to access the Advanced features in the Bios like Secure Boot and setting the boot parameters - I have an InsydeH20 Bios on my Acer Laptop I had to set an Admin password to acces the advanced features in bios
Just for completeness - I added an admin password but it actually reduced the previous list of options even further rather than providing any extra ones as hoped.
I also can't "unset" the admin password to "no password set" but it no issue as am able to do what I needed to now and I guess my BIOS settings are more secure too!
 
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one of mine is a SanDisk, and it works fine[ must be 5 yrs old now] and don't even think of asking how many bootable ISO's it has had go through it,, but every time I use, it I always wipe it then reformat to FATS

I have come across the problem of people editing the module thinking it will improve security, but they never think why it's there in the first place, if you feel comfortable enough then by all means download the latest BIOS update direct from Dell, for your machine and try it.
Tails is one of the other pen-testing distributions, again it is not suitable for beginners or as a daily desktop,

I am a member on another of the Pen-testing distributions, we are a bit friendlier than most, but we still expect new users to be Linux proficient, if a newbie has a driver problem we will at least point them in the right direction, but we do not hold their hands and expect them to know how to download and install missing drivers and codecs
for a beginner wanting to run from a persistent pen drive, I would normally suggest giving Debian Live a try, but read this first
HI Brick
Just to advise I tried the live Debian distro (twice, once using GPT and again using MBR on the USB) but both times it seemed to fail on almost every stage of the setup judging from the messages I saw scrolling past during start up - it did manage to boot a very basic form with 800x600 resolution so am guessing it might not have had the AMD/ATI GPU drivers.
Anyway, I looked at a few others and liked ElementaryOS but it was Ubuntu/Debian based and I wanted to stay away from Ubuntu.
I ended up using Fedora and installed the Pantheon (ElementaryOS) desktop environment (I might switch to Ultramarine which has a specifically built version of Fedora with Pantheon at some stage but thought why mess with the core Fedora if it can do what I need?).
The only issues so far is that I'm really missing the "right click menu" to extract and run applications so had to do some lateral thinking to work with some files (I'm still rusty on using the terminal commands although did manage a few!) - I managed to install Phoenix Firestorm (Second Life viewer) but the resultant launcher doesn't seem to do anything when I click it so will have to look into that and for some reason it wouldn't stream the videos at musichq.net (even though it did everything correctly right up until the point of streaming - maybe thats a codec issue?).
These are priority applications for my wife so have to get them running before I can get her to switch but she likes the OS overall otherwise :)
I'll nip over to the Fedora forum and see if anyone is able to help me.
Thanks again for your initial advice
Alex
 
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