Windows 10 operating system (OS) has a number of boot errors, such as Insert boot media in selected boot device failed, Insert boot media fails, Insert boot media is missing, Insert boot media not found, Insert boot media not found press any key to continue, and more.
- Insert boot media errors are related to the BIOS, and in this article, we will show you how to fix it.
- Updating the BIOS will fix the insert boot media error in Windows 10, as will starting your computer in Safe Mode.
- Also, you can try to clear the CMOS, but that can be risky, so proceed with caution.
Run the troubleshooter
- Press the Windows key + I to launch the Settings app.
- Click the Update & security option.
- Now, click the Troubleshoot option.
- Select Other troubleshooters.
- Finally, click the Run the troubleshooter button under Insert Boot Media.
Run the Disk Cleanup tool
- Launch Disk Cleanup by right-clicking the Start button and selecting Disk Cleanup.
- Select the checkbox for Windows and System files, and then click OK.
Repair the BCD store
- Windows 10 recognizes the boot device list (BCD) file as an important system file, so it’s not recommended to modify it.
- However, if you’ve noticed the error occur after you’ve installed a new OS, the boot files might be damaged and corrupted (or missing).
- To repair the BCD file and restore the boot files, you’ll need to follow the steps below.
- First, right-click on Start.
- Select Command prompt (Admin).
- Enter the following command and press Enter: bcdedit.exe /copynul
- This will copy the Windows Boot Manager (Boot Mgr) on the Desktop.
- Delete the Boot Mgr file by right-clicking on it and selecting Delete.
- Now, right-click on the Desktop and select New then Folder.
- Enter the name of the folder as BCD (without the quotes).
- Enter the following command and press Enter: bcdedit.exe /export BCD > bcd.bak
- Enter the following command and press Enter: bcdedit.exe /import bcd.bak > bcd
Create a new BCD store
- Launch Command prompt as administrator.
- Enter the following command and hit Enter: bcdedit /createstore C: bcdedit /store:C: /loadoptions noexecute
- If prompted, enter root’s password.
- Copy the bootrec /rebuildbcd command and paste it in the Command prompt.
- Reboot the computer.