OK so I made a bootable USB with Kali on it and I've used it on two different laptops and it booted just fine, but when I try booting it on my laptop it just skips the USB and boots from the hard drive. The two laptops that it did boot on were running Windows (one had vista the other had 10) but on mine I have Ubuntu installed and before that I was running mint, I don't know if that's the problem but it's the only thing I can think of right now.

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You need to go to BIOS at the machine startup and change the boot order. USB needs to be before HDD. You can probably go to BIOS pressing F12, or some other F. Look for an instruction just after you power up. There may also be a special boot menu allowing you to set the order for just one startup.

  • I did that, the USB is first then the hard drive I also made sure my USB ports were active while the computer is asleep. Also I loaded ubuntu with a USB right after I tried kali and it worked with no problem Commented Aug 10, 2016 at 19:52
  • Do you have another USB with some live system that you know works fine, with which you could try the laptop?
    – user147505
    Commented Aug 10, 2016 at 19:55
  • Yeah I used a USB with Ubuntu 16 and it booted up just like it should, and I made both of the live USBs using "universal USB installer"... And the kali live boot works but it only works on Computers with windows installed Commented Aug 10, 2016 at 20:01
  • Also check if the Kali USB is still bootable. It might have got spoilt somehow somewhere.
    – user147505
    Commented Aug 10, 2016 at 20:02
  • Is the USB device detected in BIOS by going into the boot order section?
    – likewhoa
    Commented Aug 10, 2016 at 20:46

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