windows 8 computer install worked but now can't self repair-says drive C locked

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by CaymanJack, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. CaymanJack

    CaymanJack MDL Novice

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    My new 16GB I7-2770k windows 8 pro (64 bit) pre-installed says it can't self-repair and that drive C is locked. Called dealer (IBUYPOWER) and they say I need to re-install windows 8 Pro and that something in the software was corrupted on drive C. They are trying to get a systems disk for windows 8 from microsoft but it has not arrived. My computer did not come with a systems disk so I can't reinstall windows 8 until I get the disk. For the past few weeks my new computer had been useless. Before the system failed I did make a USB recovery key but that did not let me fix the problem. I can get to the UEFI bios page but I still can't get the computer to load windows (apparently due to the locked drive C). 1) Any suggestions would be appreciated. 2) Any way to unlock drive C? 3)Any way to download a systems disk for Windows Pro 8 (64 bit so I can burn a CD or DVD on my spare computer and use it on my new computer?) I do have the KEY information on the Windows sticker that came with the computer. -- Thanks for any help.
     
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  4. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    Yoy could try the following:

    1. download the RTM 64bit from here: http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/29322-The-Official-Windows-8-Repository
    2. create a vbootable USB Stick or burn the ISO to DVD
    3. boot from DVD
    5. select Repair your computer from 2. screen
    6. chose to go to c:\
    7. run the following command: bcdboot c:\Windows /s

    This normally will repair the damaged boot part of your system.

    Note:
    There was a small drawback however after using bcdboot - the "Repair your computer" in advanced boot options on F8 key for the repaired loader (and boot menu entry) was missing but that is easy to solve with just two commands on command prompt (from a running Windows 8 system):
    ReAgentC /disable
    ReAgentC /enable

    And everything should as it was before going into trouble..
     
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