Trying to Refresh Win 8.1 But I get the error: the Windows drive is locked!

Cem Engin 1 Reputation point

I am trying to Refresh my older Win 8.1 system on an SSD. with the original Windows disc.

I am getting: "The drive the Windows is installed on is locked. Please unlock it and then try it again."

I've already tried the "bootrec" commands with the comment prompt before this problem. I already had a booting problem with this OS so naturally, I did all that. Apparently, to unlock a drive this is what you also have to do... THus I am out of options. Any ideas appreciated...

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  1. Limitless Technology 39,466 Reputation points

    Hello @Cem Engin

    As it seems you have already tried all 3 bootrec commands from the Startup Repair option, right?

    bootrec /FixMbr
    bootrec /FixBoot
    bootrec /RebuildBcd

    Other than that I can recommend to access the BIOS, unselect the UEFI Boot option and leave just legacy. This should.

    Hope this helps in your query.
    Best regards,

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  2. Cem Engin 1 Reputation point

    Yes, I have.

    But I don't understand how Legacy mode would help? I can try it of course...

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