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Windows 8.1, system crash, can't restart.

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#1 DaveACarr


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Posted 25 January 2014 - 03:49 PM

Dear BleepingComputer


I've had my fair share of, and am pretty conversant with, problems in XP and Vista, (thanks for ComboFix by the way!) but this windows 8 has got me completely knackered.



I'm using a Lenovo Ideacentre B340 running windows 8.1 with the following spec:

Intel Pentium CPU G645 @ 2.90GHz
Lenovo Mahobay motherboard
440GB Hard Drive

My system crashed yesterday during a windows update and now it's going round in circles trying to start itself. Windows Repair keeps telling me to restart,  I can't boot to safe mode or use system restore.

I tried a "refresh" but it says "The drive where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again." I do not have a back up disk.


I can bring up the C: prompt, however, I haven't really dabbled with DOS since windows 3.1!! (I know!)

Any suggestions as to how to force this OS to boot would be greatly appreciated. Failing this, how much does a decent Mac cost?

Thanks in advance



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