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Make sure that you have installed Tails using either:
[[<i>balenaEtcher</i> from Windows|install/windows#etcher]]
[[<i>balenaEtcher</i> from macOS|install/mac#etcher]]
[[<i>GNOME Disks</i> from Linux|install/linux#install]]
[[the Linux command line|install/expert#install]]
Click on the <span class="guimenu">Start [[!img lib/start.png alt="" class="symbolic" link="no"]]</span> button.
Press and hold the <strong>Shift</strong> key while you choose <strong>Power</strong>&nbsp;▸ <strong>Restart</strong>.
In the <strong>Choose an option</strong> screen, choose <strong>Use a device</strong>.
[[!img install/inc/screenshots/choose_an_option.png link="no" alt=""]]
If the <strong>Choose an option</strong> screen or the <strong>Use a device</strong> option don't appear, refer to the [[instructions on starting Tails using the Boot Menu key|doc/first_steps/start/pc#boot-menu-key]].
In the <strong>Use a device</strong> screen, choose <strong>Boot Menu</strong>.
Windows shuts down, the computer restarts, and a Boot Menu appears.
Plug in your Tails USB stick shortly after choosing <strong>Boot Menu</strong> and while Windows is shutting down.
<span class="windows upgrade-windows">In the future, we</span> <span class="standalone">We</span> recommend that you only plug in your Tails USB stick while Windows is shutting down. Otherwise, a virus in Windows could infect your Tails USB stick and break its security.
Such an attack is possible in theory but very unlikely in practice. We don't know of any virus capable of infecting Tails. <span class="standalone">See our [[warning on plugging Tails in untrusted systems|doc/about/warnings/computer#software]].</span>
The Boot Menu is a list of possible devices to start from. The following screenshot is an example of a Boot Menu:
[[!img install/inc/screenshots/boot_menu.png link="no" alt=""]]
In the Boot Menu, select your USB stick and press <strong>Enter</strong>.
If the computer starts on Tails, the Boot Loader appears and Tails starts automatically after 4 seconds.