Reboot and select proper Boot device

I've spent the weekend installing Windows 7 on new hardware and updating the OS with drivers, updates, etc. Everything worked just fine. I brought the computer into the office today and turned it on. I got the message, "Reboot and select proper Boot device / or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key."

All I did was plug in peripherals: USB keyboard, wireless mouse, USB printer, network, and external USB drive. The latter (USB drive) is the only thing different from when I was building the computer. Possibly that has something to do with it?

The system is AMD FX8530, Asus M5A97 2.0 motherboard and The bios version is the latest. The disk partitions show:

sda1 100M EFI System
sda2 128M Microsoft reserved
sda3 931.3G basic data

I've tried setting the boot order to booting from the drive UEFI and non-UEFI, same results. When I examine the sda3 partition in Linux, all the data appears to be there.

What can I do to fix this? If I don't have a solution soon I'll have to try restarting the build from scratch as this workstation has to be operational within the next 18 hourse.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The specs for that Motherboard says Windows 8 ready. It might or might not run Windows 7

external USB drive. The latter (USB drive) is the only thing different from when I was building the computer

I shouldn't think this to be an issue. Remove it, shut down (power off), wait 30 seconds, start back up. Does it start?
☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Have you tried putting the settings back where they were when you left home and booting without any external storage attached?
Did you shut down last night with the USB you used to install Windows still attached?
Fred MarshallPrincipalCommented:
I have had this happen when an external USB hard drive was inserted.  
The solution is to remove the drive until Windows starts to boot or boots .. and insert it thereafter.

If this is a longer-term problem for you then you may want to change the boot order in the BIOS/UEFI so that USB devices don't come before the HDD.  Then rely on the boot menu if you need to change the order temporarily.
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MarkAuthor Commented:
John:
The specs for that Motherboard says Windows 8 ready. It might or might not run Windows 7
I have that motherboard and CPU running on several other Windows 7 computers, including another new build 2 weeks ago.
external USB drive. The latter (USB drive) is the only thing different from when I was building the computer

I shouldn't think this to be an issue. Remove it, shut down (power off), wait 30 seconds, start back up. Does it start?
Did that, no.

MASQ:
Have you tried putting the settings back where they were when you left home and booting without any external storage attached?
Yes, and I've tried as many combinations as I can think of.
Did you shut down last night with the USB you used to install Windows still attached?
I did not use a USB to install Windows. I used the DVD.

Fred Marshall:
I have had this happen when an external USB hard drive was inserted.  
The solution is to remove the drive until Windows starts to boot or boots .. and insert it thereafter.
That's the first thing I tried. USB removed and all other USB connections except mouse and keyboard. Still getting the message.
If this is a longer-term problem for you then you may want to change the boot order in the BIOS/UEFI so that USB devices don't come before the HDD.  Then rely on the boot menu if you need to change the order temporarily.
USBs aren't even enabled in the boot order.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If all you did was move the computer, and double checked the USB attachments, it makes me wonder if the hard drive is OK.
MarkAuthor Commented:
Fairly new hard drive.

The drive is formatted UEFI. All the files appear to be on the drive. Can I somehow "enable" it to boot? I used the DVD to attempt a repair, but got the message, "The version of System Recovery Options is not compatible with the version of Windows you are trying to repair. Try using a recovery disc that is compatible with this version of Windows." Yet, this is the very DVD I used to install Windows less than 24 hours ago!
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If not the hard drive, then the prior install must have had an issue.
☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
""The version of System Recovery Options is not compatible with the version of Windows you are trying to repair"
What's the source of that DVD/image?
MarkAuthor Commented:
MASQ:
What's the source of that DVD/image?
Legitimate, purchased copy. Can't remember the vendor. Downloaded from Internet. Used it on same MB a few weeks ago with a valid key. That computer is running fine, but ...

I had UEFI problems with this same model MB a few weeks ago: https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/29089929/ASUS-M5A97-R2-0-BIOS-reverts-to-UEFI-doesn't-keep-saved-changes.html
☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Thanks, it's just that some downloaded .iso s aren't quite as they left Microsoft and have multiple installation options built in later - they routinely get used to install but refuse to act as repair disks with exactly the message you describe.


Are you intending to use UEFI for this Win 7 install?  I'm assuming you'll go Legacy.

Into the BIOS then ..
Restart
<Del>
EZ Mode BIOS display
F7 for Advanced view
Boot tab
Change "Setup Mode" to "Advanced" (in case you need to come back here again!)
What's listed under "Boot Option Priorities"?

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MarkAuthor Commented:
MASQ:
some downloaded .iso s aren't quite as they left Microsoft and have multiple installation options built in later - they routinely get used to install but refuse to act as repair disks with exactly the message you describe.
Well, that's probably it. "Refusing" to act as a repair disk.

The BIOS always comes up with UEFI as 1st priority, either DVD or HD. I move it manually to the end. In F7, boot priority, the UEFI device was 3rd after DVD and HD (because I moved it to 3rd). However, I've now set it to disabled. When rebooting again, it seems to stick: no UEFI option. I'll try a few more times.
nobusCommented:
i had some asus boards that - when an usb drive is connected, put that automatic first in the boot order
setting the boot priority to the proper partition, or drive, helps you out
MarkAuthor Commented:
I gave up and started over. Wasted a whole day! (Microsoft updates take a very long time). I did make sure to disable the UEFI option on the boot order and, after another day of updates, things seem to be working. I've not plugged a USB drive in yet. I'll make sure I've got an image backup before I do. Hard to imagine that having a USB drive plugged in would somehow foop the main hard drive.
MarkAuthor Commented:
No more assisted solutions, eh? Well, MASQ gave me the important tip of disabling UEFI from the boot order. Too bad for the rest of you, but thanks for the useful tips.
☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
No more assisted solutions, eh?

Not true! The closing question logic has changed - now you select ALL the helpful posts FIRST then you get a chance to choose the one that helped most as Best Solution.  Otherwise there's just one Best Solution.

http://support.experts-exchange.com/customer/en/portal/articles/2527982-how-do-i-close-my-question-

It's a work in progress.

Your feedback is welcome
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And specifically here:
https://www.experts-exchange.com/discussions/220483/endorsement-vs-helpful.html

But thanks anyway ;)
nobusCommented:
give them feedback guys - this site is full of comments about people that cannot close the Q how they want
so much for the "intuitive' system... maybe we all lack that?
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