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Windows 7: Reboot and Select Proper Boot Device

08 Jun 2010   #1
bigbadphil

Windows 7 Home Edition
 
 
Reboot and Select Proper Boot Device

I have recently come across this problem. The computer has been running fine for months with no changes at all. I got up this morning, switched on my monitor, and I had a message on my screen,
Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press any key.

I keep my computer on 24/7, doing a reboot every week or so and never had this problem before.

I did a ctrl alt del and it started to reboot. Took a while to get going but went back to the same message. I turned off the computer completly and it booted fine. I went to work and came home to the same message.

I was thinking a format may be in order or does any body else have any other solutions to the problem


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08 Jun 2010   #2
usasma
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Try these free, bootable diagnostics:
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H/W Diagnostics:
Please start by running these bootable hardware diagnostics:
Memory Diagnostics (read the details at the link)
HD Diagnostic (read the details at the link)

Also, please run one of these free, independent online malware scans to ensure that your current protection hasn't been compromised: Malware (read the details at the link)
If the hard drive passes the diagnostic test, then try this:
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CHKDSK /R /F:
Run CHKDSK /R /F from an elevated (Run as adminstrator) Command Prompt. Please do this for each hard drive on your system.
When it tells you it can't do it right now - and asks you if you'd like to do it at the next reboot - answer Y (for Yes) and press Enter. Then reboot and let the test run. It may take a while for it to run, but keep an occasional eye on it to see if it generates any errors. See "CHKDSK LogFile" below in order to check the results of the test.

Elevated Command Prompt:
Go to Start and type in "cmd.exe" (without the quotes)
At the top of the Search Box, right click on Cmd.exe and select "Run as administrator"

CHKDSK LogFile:
Go to Start and type in "eventvwr.msc" (without the quotes) and press Enter
Expand the Windows logs heading, then select the Application log file entry.
Double click on the Source column header.
Scroll down the list until you find the Chkdsk entry (wininit for Win7) (winlogon for XP).
Copy/paste the results into your next post.
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