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Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot

By dickinsm ·
I have been given a computer, which was previously used for business purposes. For security reasons all programmes have been removed. When I turn it on I get the "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device" message. What do I need to do to get the computer working? What is a "boot device", please?

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You need an Operating System!

by 1bn0 In reply to Reboot and select proper ...

It sounds like their IT department just wiped the drive completely.

You will need to install an Operating System.
Is there a Windows COA label attached to the machine? If so you can legally re-install the corresponding Windows OS.

Boot Media usually means the Hard Drive.

It can also include a bootable CDROM or Floppy disk. These are usually used to boot the computer into the Operating Systems installation application.

The "boot media" can be selected (enabled/disabled) in the system BIOS. You can also change the order in wich the BIOS will search for bootable media.
1. Floppy Disk
2. CDROM
3. Hard Drive 0
4. Network Boot
etc.

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As Above

by Katerina Mohammed In reply to Reboot and select proper ...

I have a similar problem - however, I can load Windows Xp but there seems to be some problem with the screen resolution in that it is low and cannot be changed in the Display Properties, is this a common problem with these buesiness computers when all the programmes have been erased by their IT guys before passing it on and this problem be solved?????

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