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The Selected Boot Device Failed. Press Enter to Continue (SOLUTION)

If you trying to install a new operating system on you HP laptop or just want to boot from another drive, but keep getting the “The selected boot device failed. Press <Enter> to continue” message, just follow the instructions below to make the laptop boot from any bootable drive attached to it.

The major reason why this might be happening is because  Secure Boot on the laptop was enabled. Turning off Secure Boot and enabling the Legacy Boot option will fix the problem for you thus allowing you boot the laptop from any bootable drive of your choice that has been attached to the laptop. So for you to be able to do this, simply follow the guide below;

  • Power on the computer and while its starting up, continuously tap on the BIOS key on the keyboard. Doing the above will take you to the laptop’s Bios screen. The key to tap on depends on the type of computer you are using. Below is a list of common BIOS keys by computer brand. The keys to press may be different depending on the age of your model;

For ASRock: F2 or DEL
For ASUS: F2 for all PCs, F2 or DEL for Motherboards
For Acer: F2 or DEL
For Dell: F2 or F12
For Gigabyte / Aorus: F2 or DEL
For HP: F10
For Lenovo (Consumer Laptops): F2 or Fn + F2
For Lenovo (Desktops): F1
For Lenovo (ThinkPads): Enter then F1.
For MSI: DEL for motherboards and PCs
For Microsoft Surface Tablets: Press and hold volume up button.
For Origin PC: F2
For Samsung: F2
For Toshiba: F2
For Zotac: DEL

  • Once you are on the Bios screen, navigate to Configuration >>> Boot Options and scroll down the page to Secure Boot and then hit enter on your keyboard to change it from Enable to Disable.
  • Locate and move to Legacy Boot. Hit enter on your keyboard to change it from Disable to Enable.
  • Press the ESC key again to apply your changes.

  • Now you can restart the computer and change the boot options as needed using the ESC key.

If you are still getting errors or finding it difficult, please feel free to leave a comment below and i will be glad to assist you.


    • I think Dell Optipllex 790 only allows legacy as well as 32 bit OS and therefore will never have Secure Boot due to lack of ACPI 2.0 and UEFI 2.3.1


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