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Dell XPS 13

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Device Description

There have been several generations of the Dell XPS 13. At this time, we are only supporting the latest generation of XPS 13 with a fourth-generation Intel Core processor (formerly "Haswell").

The remainder of this article only applies to XPS 13's with fourth-generation Core processors, though we are actively working on obtaining, testing, and validating earlier models. Models with second and third-generation Intel Core processors may also work, but are currently Unsupported Systems.

Support Status

  • XPS 13 (Mid 2013) - Green (Console OS works well on this device)
  • XPS 13 (Early 2014) - Untested - We haven't tested Console OS with the newer model just yet

Console OS DR1 will work with most XPS 13 models. Some earlier models may have shipped without an Intel 7260-AC Wi-Fi card, and we encourage you to upgrade to it if so. It takes about $15 and 15 minutes to do.

The newest XPS 13, identified with its "edgeless" display has not yet been tested. You can discuss feedback in the Dell XPS 13 forum.

Installation Instructions

You must be running the latest BIOS from Dell.com before installing Console OS. We only test and validate Console OS using the latest system BIOS available, and BIOS updates are critical to the performance-tuning of Console OS and the underlying UEFI firmware.

Before installing, fully read the Release Notes - Including creating a Windows Recovery Drive, and disabling Secure Boot, as well as creating a Console OS Install Flash Drive.

To install Console OS, rapidly press the F12 key when booting the machine. Make sure a USB keyboard is connected (per the notes above) Make sure the Console OS Install Flash Drive that you built per the Release Notes is inserted prior to powering the machine up.

If the Console OS Install Flash Drive does not show up in the F12 boot menu, this is typically due to the machine not waiting long enough for your USB flash drive to enumerate. To work around this, press Control-Alt-Delete and try again. Do not cold boot the machine in this situation.


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