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Windows 7: Select Proper Boot Device Error on startup

05 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Select Proper Boot Device Error on startup

Hey everyone,

Here is some background. I recently did a fresh install windows 7 home premium 64 bit on my machine using a 500gb Seagate HDD. The problem I am encountering is when I restart the computer, for necessary program restarts when installing new software, I get the "select proper boot device error" on the fresh install of Windows 7 that I just completed. How am I getting this error using a brand new hard drive with a fresh install of windows? This is very confusing.

I am installing windows again to see if I encounter the same error.

Edit 1: Alrighty this thread http://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-d...e-problem.html saved me so much time and effort.

Learned a lot about dual and multiboot systems and realized that was the problem. I had a previous version of windows 7 on an old drive that was still plugged into the mobo. Needless to say my "fresh" install of windows was sharing boot files with the other version of windows 7 on a different drive. Needless to say anything affecting either drive caused the system not being able to boot.

Simply removed the drive, did a fresh install on the new seagate, and problem solved. I'll be monitoring the situation to see if anything new develops, but for now I seem to have figured it out.


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05 Jan 2013   #2

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dauf View Post
Hey everyone,

Here is some background. I recently did a fresh install windows 7 home premium 64 bit on my machine using a 500gb Seagate HDD. The problem I am encountering is when I restart the computer, for necessary program restarts when installing new software, I get the "select proper boot device error" on the fresh install of Windows 7 that I just completed. How am I getting this error using a brand new hard drive with a fresh install of windows? This is very confusing.

I am installing windows again to see if I encounter the same error.

Edit 1: Alrighty this thread http://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-d...e-problem.html saved me so much time and effort.

Learned a lot about dual and multiboot systems and realized that was the problem. I had a previous version of windows 7 on an old drive that was still plugged into the mobo. Needless to say my "fresh" install of windows was sharing boot files with the other version of windows 7 on a different drive. Needless to say anything affecting either drive caused the system not being able to boot.

Simply removed the drive, did a fresh install on the new seagate, and problem solved. I'll be monitoring the situation to see if anything new develops, but for now I seem to have figured it out.
Hello and welcome Dauf well mate you should have backed up whatever data you needed and then just wiped the drive using DISKPART clean all or Partition Wizard however you need a system / another machine ( a drive with an OS on) to run those off of. Then you should have aligned the drive as per the tutorial SSD Alignment < I do this for all drives it makes sure you have a completely clean and fresh drive to start with.

The other option is to back up and then do a secure erase using the Linux based Parted Magic you make a bootable CD and then set the BIOS to boot from the optical and set up secure erase then it it is plain sailing .
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06 Jan 2013   #3
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Always unplug all other HD's during a Clean Reinstall.

If you have a Dual Boot and the OS you wish to keep does not have the System flag signifying the boot files are elsewhere, then unplug all other HD's to Mark Win7 or it's 100mb System Reserved (preferred if you have it) Partition Active, then run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times. The Windows 7 partition must be Primary to be marked Active: How to set partition as Primary or Logical.
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