reboot and select proper device..?

my parents have a computer and it has always worked fine up until a couple months ago it delivered this message  “reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key. however, there is not a boot tab. what do I do? Thanks for yalls help in advance. 

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  • YKhan
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    It probably means that the hard drive has gone bad. Take it to a computer shop and ask them to determine if that's the case. Sometimes it's just a minor glitch with the hard drive, which results in it losing its boot sector, but the rest of it remains fine, so this can be repaired easily, but you won't be able to figure that out yourself, let the computer techs figure it out.

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  • 1 month ago

    the boot sector pointer in the usual drive from which it boots is missing or corrupt. this can be fixed with hard disk management software. check cnetmcom/downloads for free versions, which will have to be booted from CVC or similar external drive

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  • 1 month ago

    Since you will not tell any details about some mystery "computer" like age, warranty status, brand, model, operating system, we cannot help with wild guesses in the dark.

    If under warranty, contact maker for the support your parents already paid for.

    If not, follow advice in the other answers.

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  • 1 month ago

    That's not good. That happens when the hard drive is damaged or the current installation of Windows is damaged. If the drive is damaged, then the only thing to do is to replace the hard drive. All data on it will be lost (data recovery services are available but very expensive).

    If you don't know much about PCs, you're probably better off taking it to a local PC repair shop and have them fix it.

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  • Pete L
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    Something has happened to the hard drive (where Windows and all the data is stored) so the computer can't find the hard drive. Time to take it to a computer technician if you aren't able to check the hard drive connection yourself.

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