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    Refresh problems"The drive where windows is installed is l


    This is a new thread. The original problem had to do with Windows Defender and is described here:
    Windows Defender Error

    Now I'm trying to do a refresh from my CD and get the message:"The drive where windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again". Currently, I'm unable to boot in any mode (safe, etc) and can only get a command prompt.

    Any help is appreciated.

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    Windows Defender Error

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink
    If you mean refreshing Windows 8, then be sure to back up anything that you do not want to lose first to be safe. After a refresh, you would need to reinstall all desktop programs.
    Did you backup?

    Is this a Notebook Pre-installed with Windows 8?
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Windows Defender Error

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink
    If you mean refreshing Windows 8, then be sure to back up anything that you do not want to lose first to be safe. After a refresh, you would need to reinstall all desktop programs.
    Did you backup?

    Is this a Notebook Pre-installed with Windows 8?
    Not sure what "backup" means. I make daily backups of nearly all files. I'm unable to access windows at all, so no other backup is possible. This is a Dell Alienware that came with Windows 7. It was upgraded to 8, then 8.1.
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    My 8 cd is in the slot.
    A Windows 8 Repair CD/DVD/USB will no work for Windows 8.1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    My 8 cd is in the slot.
    A Windows 8 Repair CD/DVD/USB will no work for Windows 8.1.
    Is a reset my only option? Any way to preserve user files?
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    Download the Windows 8.1 ISO & use the DVD/USB as a Windows 8.1 Repair disk.

    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

    How to download Windows 8.1 ISO with a Windows 8 key.
    How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO
    Last edited by theog; 28 Dec 2013 at 15:09.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Download the Windows 8.1 ISO & a DVD/USB & use as a Windows 8.1 Repair disk.

    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

    How to download Windows 8.1 ISO with a Windows 8 key.
    How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO
    All of these options seem to require having Windows running on the machine that will have the ISO applied. Correct? The only machine I have running windows is a desktop running XP. I see no way to make an 8.1 ISO. Also, my 8.0 and Windows 7 (original) failed to do a repair.

    UPDATE: Attempting a reset with the Win 8 CD tells me a required partition is missing. I'm guessing that my problems are due to an incompatibility between 8.0 and 8.1. Can I create a new partition that has 8.0 and use it to fix my 8.1 installation?
    Last edited by leeelson; 28 Dec 2013 at 15:43.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leeelson View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Download the Windows 8.1 ISO & a DVD/USB & use as a Windows 8.1 Repair disk.

    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

    How to download Windows 8.1 ISO with a Windows 8 key.
    How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO
    All of these options seem to require having Windows running on the machine that will have the ISO applied. Correct? The only machine I have running windows is a desktop running XP. I see no way to make an 8.1 ISO. Also, my 8.0 and Windows 7 (original) failed to do a repair.

    UPDATE: Attempting a reset with the Win 8 CD tells me a required partition is missing. I'm guessing that my problems are due to an incompatibility between 8.0 and 8.1. Can I create a new partition that has 8.0 and use it to fix my 8.1 installation?
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    My 8 cd is in the slot.
    A Windows 8 Repair CD/DVD/USB will no work for Windows 8.1.
    Also the Windows 7 disk will not work with Windows 8.

    Use the Windows 8.1 disk, than all the Windows 8.1 Repair tools will work.
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