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Xtra-PC 64 meg

I bought the Xtra-PC 64 meg because I wanted to try Ubuntu on my Lenovo Z580 which runs Windows 8 but there appears to be a block in Windows that prevents me from accessing the Bios Setup even from the command prompt >shutdown /r /0. What would be the the boot manager and boot loader code additions (or similar) for bcdedit so that I can boot to the USB Xtra-PC first and Windows 8 if the USB key is not inserted.

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No such blocks here.

In reply to: Xtra-PC 64 meg

I worry that it's your PC maker's choice of BIOS version and defaults here that created this issue. Here my current laptop let's me tap F9 (varies with model) and boot from USB. The UEFI BIOS is set to allow both legacy and UEFI booting.

Another BIOS choice (yours) is boot order. That is machine specific and not a Windows 8 thing.

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Xtra-PC 64 meg

In reply to: No such blocks here.

Thank you. It could be Lenovo although I've accessed the BIOS Setup in the past but to do it now I would have to go the original Windows 8 that they sent with the machine in 2013 and so none of the Microsoft updates would be included. Moreover, there was never a problem with hundreds of updates to Windows 8 since 2013 but all of the Microsoft updates for 8.1 and finally 10 failed to complete on this machine and I'm still running Windows 8 and it's still a mystery. Maybe Lenovo wants it that way but there's nobody there who's talking and nobody at Xtra-PC who knows anything and I thought that this was MY machine.

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