"The drive where Windows is installed is locked.Unlock the drive and try again."

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  1. zmechys

    zmechys Registered Member

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    Three months ago, I purchased a brand new Windows 7 computer - Intel Core i7-3770/ 8.0 GB.
    During three months period, I had ZERO problems/issues with my computer.
    After receiving e-mails from Microsoft "What are you waiting for", I upgraded it to Windows 8.
    Since then, I have had two refresh of OS, and five days ago, a "clean install" of Windows 8, because NOTHING WORKED. No refresh, no reset, no MS-DOS, no restore point, no repairs, etc...
    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=339601

    What to do when you get the following message on "the most stable", Windows 8, operating system?
    "The drive where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again."

    I got this message today after the following:
    I wanted to open a PDF file from my customer with OUTLOOK - a regular, every-hour procedure - and my computer froze. Nothing worked; therefore, only manually disconnecting my computer from the power source, I was able to shut it down.
    After I restarted, I could not get passed the login screen - my computer used to enter the "blue background color and nothing else" mode.
    I decided to use USB Flash drive to repair Win8 but it failed. I wanted to refresh my Windows 8, but I got that message:
    "The drive where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again."
    Just 4 days ago, I did a "clean install" of Windows 8 OS.

    What should I do besides another "clean install" of Windows 8?
    I've tried SFC/SCANNOW in MS-DOS but got the following message:
    "Windows Resource Protection could not start the repair service".

    If I click on "Re-image your computer" -- "Advanced" -- "Add Drivers" -- "OK", I can see my computer files.
    But of course, I don't have an image of my computer.


    If I try to use System Restore, I get the following message:

    "To use System Restore, you must specify which Windows installation to restore. Restart this computer, select an operating system, and then select System Restore"


    If I try to run CHKDSK, I get the following message:

    "Errors detected in the uppercase file.
    Windows has checked the file system and found problems....
    Failed to transfer logged messages to the event log with status 50.

    If I run CHKDSK/F, I get the following:

    "Cannot lock current drive, Windows cannot run disk checking on this volume because it is write protected."

    Could I get elevated MS-DOS (Administrator) if I cannot boot even in safe mode?

    I've found a lot of Windows 8 users are having the same problem "The drive is locked..."
    There is even a web-site dedicated to it.
    "How to fix:
    "The drive where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again."
    Fix - The drive where Windows is installed is locked
    http://www.boyans.net/RepairWindows/The_drive_where_Windows_is_installed_is_locked.html

    More links about the same issue:
    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...utomatic/82d41567-fe16-4c32-b3f0-5a202b4ef16b
    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...air-loop/2310c795-d39b-460f-9e4c-c95008e5ce51
    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...utomatic/82d41567-fe16-4c32-b3f0-5a202b4ef16b
    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...air-loop/619fed1f-8bd4-49f2-9db9-0b08b007433c
    http://social.technet.microsoft.com...l/thread/9eeed6c2-941a-4bdc-a67a-b42e79a5a544
    http://social.technet.microsoft.com...l/thread/fc3c93ae-95d8-4b26-a085-b2742674bc8f

    I think Microsoft has a problem.
    Any help?
     
  2. Bodhitree

    Bodhitree Registered Member

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    Simple answer you don't want: Stay with Windows7, wait for Blue. 8 is a wash. ~Phrase removed~ remove your PC back to Win7, if your key is dead use an activator because you justly paid for a license for Win7, and Win8 has serious issues.
     
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  3. zmechys

    zmechys Registered Member

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    An update about my frozen computer.
    Last night, I entered my password and left my computer running overnight. This morning, I was able to log-in and get to my Desktop Screen.
    As soon as I tried to open my MS Access database, my computer froze.
    I can use "Windows Key + X" but cannot open anything - Task Manager, Command Prompt, File Explorer.
    I've just clicked on "Windows Key" and got to METRO Interface. Right now, my computer really froze. No reaction to the keyboard anymore. My mouse is movable.
    What should I do?
    Please help.
     
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  4. Cudni

    Cudni Global Moderator

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    Keep the discussion in your already existing thread and as referenced un your 1 post.
     
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