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Reboot and Select Proper Boot Device Issue [SOLVED]

Reboot and Select Proper Boot Device Issue [SOLVED]: This error is caused because of corrupted system files, incorrect boot order or hard disk failure. These are just some common causes due to which this error is caused in  Windows. This error comes up when you boot your Windows and even if you restart your computer you won’t be able to boot as you will be faced with a black screen with error message:

Reboot and Select proper Boot device
Or Insert Boot Media in Selected Boot device and press a key

Reboot and Select Proper Boot Device Issue

In some cases even replacing the faulty hard disk doesn’t seem to fix the problem but don’t worry here at troubleshooter, we have listed few possible solutions which will help you troubleshoot this issue easily.

Reboot and Select Proper Boot Device Issue [SOLVED]

Method 1: Set Correct Boot Order

You may be seeing the error “Reboot and Select proper Boot device” because the boot order is not properly set which means that computer is trying to boot from another source which doesn’t have an operating system thus failing to do so. In order to fix this issue, you need to set the Hard Disk as the top priority in the Boot order. Let’s see how to set proper boot order:

1.When your computer starts (Before the boot screen or the error screen), repeatedly press Delete or F1 or F2 key (Depending upon your computer’s manufacturer) to enter BIOS setup.

press DEL or F2 key to enter BIOS Setup

2.Once you are in BIOS setup select Boot tab from the list of options.

Boot Order is set to Hard Drive

3.Now make sure that the computer Hard disk or SSD is set as a top priority in the Boot order. If not then use up or down arrow keys to set hard disk at the top which means the computer will first boot from it rather than any other source.

4.Finally, press F10 to save this change and exit. This must have Fix Reboot and Select Proper Boot Device Issue, if not then continue.

Method 2: Check if the Hard Disk is damaged/failed

If the above method weren’t helpful at all then there is a chance that your hard disk might be damaged or corrupted. In any case, you need to replace your previous HDD or SSD with a new one and install Windows again. But before running to any conclusion, you must run a Diagnostic tool to check if you really need to replace HDD/SSD.

Run Diagnostic at startup to check if the Hard disk is failing

To run Diagnostics restart your PC and as the computer starts (before the boot screen), press F12 key and when the Boot menu appears, highlight the Boot to Utility Partition option or the Diagnostics option and press enter to start the Diagnostics. This will automatically check all the hardware of your system and will report back if any issue is found.

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Method 3: Check if Hard Disk is properly connected

In 50% of the cases, this problem is caused because of the faulty or loose connection of hard disk and to make sure that this is not the case here you need to check your PC for any type of fault in the connection.

Important: It is not recommended to open the casing of your PC if it’s under warranty as it will void your warranty, a better approach, in this case, will be taking your PC in the service center. Also, if you don’t have any technical knowledge then don’t mess with the PC and make sure to look for an expert technician which can help you in checking for faulty or loose connection of hard disk.

Check if Computer Hard Disk is properly connected

Once you have checked the proper connection of hard disk is established, reboot your PC and this time you may be able to Fix Reboot and Select Proper Boot Device Issue.

Method 4:  Run startup/Automatic Repair

1.Insert the Windows 10 bootable installation DVD and restart your PC.

2.When prompted to Press any key to boot from CD or DVD, press any key to continue.

Press any key to boot from CD or DVD

3.Select your language preferences, and click Next. Click Repair your computer in the bottom-left.

Repair your computer

4.On choose an option screen, click Troubleshoot.

Choose an option at windows 10 automatic startup repair

5.On Troubleshoot screen, click Advanced option.

select advanced option from troubleshoot screen

6.On the Advanced options screen, click Automatic Repair or Startup Repair.

run automatic repair

7.Wait til the Windows Automatic/Startup Repairs complete.

8.Restart and you have successfully Fix Reboot and Select Proper Boot Device issue, if not, continue.

Also, read How to fix Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC.

Method 5: Enable UEFI Boot

1.Restart your PC and tap F2 or DEL depending upon your PC to open Boot Setup.

press DEL or F2 key to enter BIOS Setup

2.The make the following changes:

Change Boot list option to UEFI
Disable Load Legacy option ROM
Enable Secure boot

3.Next, tap F10 to Save and Exit the boot setup.

Method 6: Change the Active Partition in Windows

1.Again open cmd using Windows installation disk.

2.Type the following command into cmd and hit enter after each one:

Note: Always mark the System Reserved Partition (generally 100mb) active and if you don’t have a System Reserved Partition then mark C: Drive as the active partition.

DiskPart
list disk
select disk 0
list partition
select partition 1
active
exit

mark active partion diskpart

3.Close the command prompt and restart your PC. In many cases, this method was able to Fix Reboot and Select Proper Boot Device issue.

Also, see How to fix BOOTMGR is missing Windows 10

Method 7: Repair Install Windows 10

If none of the above solution work for you then you can be sure that your HDD is fine but you may be seeing the error “Reboot and Select proper Boot device Or Insert Boot Media in Selected Boot device and press a key” because the operating system or the BCD information on the HDD was somehow erased. Well, in this case, you can try to Repair install Windows but if this also fails then the only solution left is to Install a new copy of Windows (Clean Install).

That’s it you have successfully Fix Reboot and Select proper Boot device issue but if you still have any queries regarding this post feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

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Aditya Farrad

Aditya is a self-motivated information technology professional and has been a technology writer for the last 7 years. He covers Internet services, mobile, Windows, software, and How-to guides.

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