How to enable boot from USB drive in BIOS – ASUS Zenbook

Here is how to get your ASUS Zenbook ultrabook boot from USB drive or device. This unit came preloaded with Windows 8 but my intentions are to run on it latestFedora 21Linux distribution. So after some time spent to figure out the settings, if you follow these few steps, you will see your external USB device in boot menu and you will be able to boot from USB drive/device this Ultrabook and install other OS.

  1. Plug in your USB drive
  2. Turn the Zenbook on
  3. Enter UEFI (BIOS) through pressing ESC or F2
  4. In ‘Boot’ tab: ‘Disable Fastboot’ (*)
  5. Press F10 to save & exit
  6. Immediately press ESC or F2 again
  7. In ‘Boot’ tab: your USB drive should be listed – change the order
  8. Press F10 to save & exit
  9. Your Zenbook should now boot from the USB drive
  10. Enjoy !

(*) = and ‘Enable CSM’ if you want to boot in legacy mode

If that does not help, you might need a more recent firmware version. Have fun with Linux   on the ultrabook 🙂


4 Comments on "How to enable boot from USB drive in BIOS – ASUS Zenbook"

  1. Peter Richter | March 1, 2016 at 8:40 AM | Reply

    I own an ASUS ZENBOOK UX305FA-FT004T and want to install linux mint from an USB-stick. Pressing the F2, F10, F11, F12 or esc button to get into BIOS has no effect at all.
    What else can I try?

    • Peter,

      Is your USB stick 2.0 or 3.0 ? .. you should use 3.0 as I noticed on my ASUS .. if I used USB 2.0 — it wont even show up in the boot menu .. as well some models 3.0 were not recognized and I ended up to use external USB DVD drive. In your case all 3 USB ports are 3.0 so try use USB stick 3.0 and when press ESC you should get boot menu and see the USB there. If not, try change brand of the USB stick — or boot from external USB DVD drive —

  2. love you thanks !!!

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