Question Trying to Refresh Win 8.1 But I get the error: the Windows drive is locked!

cemster

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Hello,
I am trying to Refresh my older Win 8.1 system on an SSD. with the original Windows disc.

I am getting: "The drive the Windows is installed on is locked. Please unlock it and then try it again."

I've already tried the "bootrec" commands with the comment prompt before this problem. I already had a booting problem with this OS so naturally, I did all that. Apparently, to unlock a drive this is what you also have to do... THus I am out of options. Any ideas appreciated...
 

cemster

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No, the OS never boots up. I get a blue screen with Turn Off, F8 (which loops back to the very same page), and the option to switch to BIOS at the next boot.
 

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