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Locked out of SP3 and can't reload windows - need help

  1. #11


    Posts : 9
    Windos 8


    David,

    I did try to boot my other SP3 via USB - no luck. Looks like I might need to get some other USB drives to try. I'll report back after I get some others loaded and give them a shot.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by SP3 View Post
    David,

    I did try to boot my other SP3 via USB - no luck. Looks like I might need to get some other USB drives to try. I'll report back after I get some others loaded and give them a shot.
    Thanks for trying that. I actually think it's a good result because it's a pointer to the USB itself being why it didn't boot, which should be fixable.

    I still suggest using the Media Creation tool (rather than RUFUS) to burn the appropriate edition of Windows 8.1 onto a USB, as it should boot reliably.

    Quote Originally Posted by SP3 View Post
    Are you familiar with Bitlocker at all?
    Hmm - a little bit. I think you may still need your recovery key though - without that it can be a problem.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 9
    Windos 8


    Yeah - the recovery key. Wont ever get it. My old company is shut down and now one is there to help out! That's why I'm afraid this may be futile in the end! Bitlocker will keep the data safe, but I dont know if it will keep me from erasing and starting fresh.

    Anyway - i'm off to go buy some USB drives now. I'll keep you posted.

    Thanks again David!
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  4. #14


    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by SP3 View Post
    Yeah - the recovery key. Wont ever get it. My old company is shut down and now one is there to help out! That's why I'm afraid this may be futile in the end! Bitlocker will keep the data safe, but I dont know if it will keep me from erasing and starting fresh.
    If it was a personal computer with an MS account, then the recovery key would be automatically stored in the Onedrive of the Microsoft Account used to login. But if it had some sort of corporate build on it, they may have done it differently. I take it that MS Accounts weren't used to login?

    I think wiping should be possible - that's perhaps another reason to burn the Windows installer onto the USB.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 9
    Windos 8


    That's exactly it. My other SP3s were personal and I have the key for each of them. It's this one that I don't. I got sidetracked and didn't make it to get new USBs. Tomorrow, we continue....
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  6. #16


    Posts : 1
    windows


    I cant get it to boot usb.

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SP3 View Post
    Yeah - the recovery key. Wont ever get it. My old company is shut down and now one is there to help out! That's why I'm afraid this may be futile in the end! Bitlocker will keep the data safe, but I dont know if it will keep me from erasing and starting fresh.
    If it was a personal computer with an MS account, then the recovery key would be automatically stored in the Onedrive of the Microsoft Account used to login. But if it had some sort of corporate build on it, they may have done it differently. I take it that MS Accounts weren't used to login?

    I think wiping should be possible - that's perhaps another reason to burn the Windows installer onto the USB.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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