Linux/Windows dual boot on the XPS 13 9370 (2018)

Install AHCI drivers in Windows

Installing Linux (Ubuntu 16.04 in my case) requires (among other things) to switch the SATA operation to AHCI in the BIOS.

If you you do that without installing the AHCI drivers in Windows, it won’t be able to boot. The following procedure (source) will fix that:

  1. Run Command Prompt as an administrator
  2. Invoke a “Safe Mode” boot with the command:

  1. Restart the PC and enter your BIOS during bootup.
  2. Change from IDE to AHCI mode then Save & Exit.
  3. Windows 10 will launch in Safe Mode.
  4. Right click the Window icon and select to run the Command Prompt in Admin mode from among the various options.
  5. Cancel Safe Mode booting with the command:

  1. Restart your PC once more and this time it will boot up normally but with AHCI mode activated.

Then proceeed to the Linux installation.

Installing Linux

On boot, on the Dell logo, press F12 and open the BIOS setup.
Disable Secure Boot then install Ubuntu normaly.


  • Zenort


    I have followed the steps and succesfully installed ubuntu on my Dell XPS13 9070. After the installation wifi card is not working. What should I do?


    • tupi

      Hi Zenort:

      Just checking, Did you find any solution to the wifi problem??. I have the same I am trying to figure out how to fix it. Thanks.

  • tupi

    Hi I just have the same problem. Please, Does anyone has any idea how to fix it??

    Thanks in advance.