How to fix "no bootable medium found" error on Virtualbox

Endrit Qerreti

Endrit Qerreti

If you are getting the error "no bootable medium found" on virtualbox when trying to power up your virtual machine, it means that the virtual machine has no bootable device attached to it and it won't be able to boot up.

This error happens when virtual machine has an operating system installed and also when there's no operating system installed on it. The only difference is that when you boot up a virtual machine without an os on it, it will try to boot any device that is attached, now since there's no OS on it and no boot device attached then you will get the error "no bootable medium found"

You will get the same error even when your virtual machine has a system installed when you try to enter in the boot menu.

This error can be easily fixed by attaching a boot device on your virtual machine.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to fix "no bootable medium found" error on Virtualbox

How to fix "no bootable medium found" error

Launch Virtualbox, and select the virtual machine that you are getting the error on.

Right click over the virtual machine, and go to "Settings"

Next, go to "Storage"

In the storage window you can now attach your ISO file. To do this, click to the disc icon as shown in the image below

Then click to "Add" button, and choose the ISO file that you want to attach on your virtual machine

Select the ISO file and click to "Open"

Next, you will see the ISO file that you imported, select it and then click to "Choose"

To verify that the ISO file has been attached correctly, it should appear on the storage window under "Controller : IDE"

Now your virtual machine should be ready to boot up and the error should be gone

Conclusion

In this tutorial, you learned how to fix the error " no bootable medium found" on Virtualbox. In this tutorial, we were getting this error on a Debian 12 virtual machine, and after attaching the ISO file on the virtual machine, the error was fixed.