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If you are getting default boot device missing it may be due to failing hard drive or misconfigured boot options.
First check boot options.
If you are on a dell computer boot options may be reached by pressing the F12 key during the computers boot up.
If this is a non-dell computer it may show another key during the initial power on should say something like F12 to enter setup "F12 being a different key"
Other keys to try may include F2, ESC, F10, F11, some systems you may have to hold down "Shift + F11"
Once in the Setup screen you should see "Boot" or "Boot Options" at the top, use the Arrow keys to navigate to "Boot"
Make sure first boot device is set to cd/dvd
Second boot device should be hard drive
If this is correct press ESC and close without saving (options will be listed on the screen when you press Escape)
Generally this error is caused by hard drive failure, or a disk left in the drive (floppy, cd / dvd, or usb flash drive plugged in during boot)
You may need to seek physical help if you think the hard drive is at fault. You want to get the data recovered form your drive as soon as possible and refrain from any attempts to use the hard drive as this will lead to further damage.
Posted on Nov 20, 2014
Good day Ken Markham
If your "Default Boot Device" is your hard drive and it is missing, then your machine will not start, you may need to have a technical person look on your machine for you.
Posted on Nov 20, 2014
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COPY D:\i386\ntldr C:\ (Considering that D is your CD Rom Drive)
COPY D:\i386\ntdetect C:\ (a file that may also be missing)
Then rebuild the boot configuration boot.ini file by
Attrib -H -R -S C:\boot.ini (if not found skip the next line)
Once all these steps are completed make to change the boot device to hard drive from CD rom.
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