Reboot and Select proper Boot device error message on Windows computer

If you have encountered a black screen with a message – Reboot and Select proper Boot device, Or Insert Boot Media in Selected Boot device and press a key, you have come to the right place, as we will show you how you can address this issue.

This is a common problem among them who may have changed their hard drive or inserted an additional hard drive. It doesn’t matter, whether you are using Windows 10 or an earlier version of Windows – you can get the same issue. There are many people, who want to upgrade their hard drive by installing an additional HDD, but when they do, there is a high chance of getting that message while booting the machine after changing the hard drive

This problem can at times, also occur due to software issues. Whatever the reason, if you receive this error while booting your Windows computer, see if this fix helps you.

reboot and select proper device

Reboot and Select proper Boot device

Some say that this is a hard disk issue and that users may have to replace the hard disk. Others have also suggested that your remove and then reinsert the RAM and check hard disk wires, as well. These steps, may at time solve your problem, but that is not the actual solution.

The root of this problem is a wrong boot priority setup. It can happen due to the installation of a new hard disk, a secondary hard disk, problematic software, or maybe something else.

To rectify this issue, you have to open the BIOS settings and change the boot priority.

To enter your computer’s BIOS, you have to restart your computer and hit the F12 button when your PC is restarting. Now, it depends on the motherboard, but most of the popular motherboard manufacturers have F12 as default BIOS opening key. You may get a popup like this:

Reboot and Select proper Boot device

If you see it, use your arrow keys to select Enter Setup and hit Enter. Generally, this screen doesn’t appear but if you get, you can go to BIOS through this Enter Setup option.

Now when here, you will get the Boot Options. Use your arrow keys to switch to that particular tab. Under the Boot Options tab, you can find

Use your arrow keys to switch to that particular tab. Under the Boot Options tab, you can find

Under the Boot Options tab, you can find Boot Priority or Hard Disk Drive Priority or something similar to this. Again, it depends on the motherboard manufacturers.

Just select the 1st Boot Device or Boot Option #1 and set your hard disk to 1st boot device.

Reboot and Select proper Boot device

This device should be the one, where you have installed your operating system. Generally, it is your hard disk. Now, you have to save the change.

Having done this, you have to save the change. So save it and exit.

Your computer will restart and your problem should have disappeared.

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