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'Reboot and select proper Boot device'

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    Windows 8 64bit

    'Reboot and select proper Boot device'


    Hey everyone this is my first time posting to a forum so please excuse me if it isn't correctly put.

    The title explains my problem but here it is anyway. My computer rebooted and then started coming up with the message: 'Reboot and select proper Boot device'

    Now from what I understand this means that the computer is unable to detect a boot-able OS. I am silly and haven't yet created a windows recovery disk or flash drive. I am sure this issue has been posted about before if so can someone please direct me to the thread.

    However my question is, is there a way I can get a recovery utility of some kind off the net so that I can get the computer to detect the boot-able OS ?

    Thanks in advance.

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  2. #2


    Reboot and start tapping the delete key, F2 or F12 key to get into your BIOS. Once in your BIOS set the boot device the HDD that has the OS loaded on it, save and exit out and reboot.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8 64bit


    Thank you Bass, but i have tried all of that and nothing works I think it may have to do with the fact that the SSD and HDD and classed as the same thing in the boot menu.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8 64bit


    Even when I use a windows 8 recovery disk it can't locate an operating system, what is going on ?
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Is this a OEM manufacturer's PC with Windows 8 Pre-install?

    Are you booting the Windows 8 Recovery disk in UEFI mode?

    Is the first Boot device set to Windows Boot Manager?
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    Posts : 11
    Windows 8 64bit


    First Question yes, second question yes but the third I don't know ?
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  7. #7


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8 64bit


    How do I set it to windows boot manager I don't have that option in my BIOS ?

    And in UEFI mode the computer doesn't read the disk in the other mode it does but it can't detect the operating system?

    I am really confused now.
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  8. #8


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Check the boot order in the UEFI/BIOS.

    Click image for larger version
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  9. #9


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8 64bit


    My Bios doesn't have anything like that sorry, the only thing that is similar to your picture is the Realtek PXE :S

    There is no windows boot device only my ODD HDD/SSD USB they are the only options I have for a boot order.

    The HDD/SSD is first the ODD is second and the USB is third. I have tried changing the boot order nothing works. Even putting the ODD first with the recovery disk in and trying to boot with UEFI mode still won't recognise the disk or the HDD, doesn't seem to matter what I do.
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  10. #10


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Try Checking the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.

    Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
    Hard Drive Diagnostic Procedure
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