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Hoping to keep my files, otherwise I woulda just full wiped and reinstalled by now.
 
Windows 8.1 64
i7-4790K (not overclocked, never was)
Z97-HD3 mobo
16BG RAM
One SSD is all I have and I never made a second partition or anything like that but it seems there is one (read later). 
 
I lost internet which happens about once every 2 months, I usually replug the router from the wall and it's fixed in 3 minutes. This time it didn't. Other PCs on the router have internet. I tried a bunch of basic things like unistall network adapter, reinstall, update driver etc, nothing worked. So I tried REFRESH YOUR PC WITHOUT AFFECTING YOUR FILES. Now I can't get windows to open. 
I'm unsure if it was after or right before losing internet, recently I ran disc cleanup (or defrag or something like that in Action Center toolbar icon, I think it may have been right after loosing internet that I checked action center which I normally don't but maybe was looking for an internet solution, and noticed it said it wasn't cleaned in a long time or ever. 
 
I get either of the two titled errors. I tried many video and webpage tutorials but nothing worked. 
 
 
 
I also paid $20 for neosmart easy recovery essentials (ERE) which has a whole big article for the LOCKED fix but ERE just gives me a frozen screen and their other cmd commands did nothing. I burned the ERE ISO twice to make sure, and did it on slowest speed, have burned ISOs before (DBAN) no problem but ERE is a frozen screen for me. Also with the ERE disc in, I can't often turn the PC off (only way I have is to hold power for 3 seconds) and it always reboots itself too if the disc is in. 
 
ERE has a VGA mode I can quickly select, otherwise is chooses the first option and gives a frozen solid grey screen. If I choose VGA it does quickly scroll through a bunch of stuff but then freezes at the end. I gave it about 10 mins frozen then hard OFF'd the PC. VGA mode was scrolling a bunch of stuff I don't understand like 'marker problem from config line' 'current version of pixman' 'X.org X server 1.18.4 release date''X protocol version 11' etc. Anyway, $20 ELE gets horrible reviews but I gave it a shot. 
 
When I boot from the OEM 8.1 disc, I choose REPAIR, not INSTALL (would wipe files). 
From there I can TROUBLESHOOT> REFRESH YOUR PC = error: "THE DRIVE WHERE WINDOWS IS INSTALLED IS LOCKED. UNLOCK THE DRIVE AND TRY AGAIN." 
TROUBLESHOOT > ADVANCED OPTIONS > SYSTEM RESTORE = error: "YOU MUST SPECIFY WHICH WINDOWS INSTALLATION TO RESTORE".
TROUBLESHOOT > ADVANCED OPTIONS > SYSTEM IMAGE RECOVERY = error: "COULDN'T FIND A SYSTEM IMAGE" (I don't think I've made one actually).
TROUBLESHOOT > ADVANCED OPTIONS > STARTUP REPAIR = error: "COULDN'T REPAIR YOUR PC".
There also UEFI FIRMWARE SETTINGS but I know nothing about that and didn't see it mentioned in tutorials.
I almost never had to mess with cmd either but I did a lot of tutorial commands in there but nothing fixes anything.
 
If I boot without the OEM disc or anything in tray, I get" error "SETTING UP A FEW MORE THINGS" and it freezes at 3% "COULD NOT COMPLETE INSTALLATION".
 
Somehow a couple times I managed to get that part to go %100 but then it errors at like %95 when finishing up another step. 
 
 
If I follow this 16:48 video for the DRIVE IS LOCKED error, 
Drive Where Windows Is Installed Is Locked UEFI Mode FIX [Tutorial] by MDtech
 
 
I get to about the 5:01 mark ^ but then afraid I'll wipe something if I proceed farther. It shows I have 
 
              TYPE        SIZE   OFFSET
Partition 1   Primary     350MB   1024KB 
Partition 2   Primary     223GB    351MB
 
 
By the way, I can't ever get cmd to restart the PC, some tutorials say make it restart to complete the commands, but it won't restart if I try Shutdown /r, shutdown /r, Shutdown -r, Shutdown /r /f, shutdown /r /f, shutdown -r -f. \ or / etc.
 
Also, sometimes my cmd starts with C:\> or X:\Sources>. I can toggle it by typing C: or X: but unsure if it matters.  Some tutorials were showing something like c:\system32 though which I haven't seen on mine. 
 
 
This 6:07 vid from LotusGeek "the drive where windows is installed is locked unlock the drive and try again"
His cmd is showing system32, again, mine doesn't.
If I follow his steps, at 2:27 after "bootrec /scanos" it shows I have TWO total identified windows installations. I never willing made a partition or know how, but maybe something recent caused this, if it matters. 1 is D:\Windows, 2 is D:\Windows.old\Windows
 
Then I do "bootrec /rebuildbcd", it says 'total identified windows installations" 1. [1] D:\Windows "add installation to boot list? YES(Y) No(N) ALL(A)".
I tried A, it said "requested system device can not be found". I tried Y, it then shows [2] .old\Windows I select Y again = "The requested system device can not be found'.I then cmd 'exit' as instructed but I don't have his option to CONTINUE TO WINDOWS 'and it should be fixed'. 
 
I did chkdsk c:/f = 'windows scanned the system and found no problems'.
 
I really have no idea how to fix this without wiping out all my un-backed up data, if it's even possible. I have my most important stuff backed up but a whole bunch I didn't. For now I'm a) upgrading to windows 10 and b) backing up things to a cloud/external every week or two. 
 
By the way, I run spybot and defender scans daily and only found one or two things in like 10 years and I haven't had any malware or virus problems that I know of and hadn't been downloading or clicking anything out of the ordinary before this happened. But possibly it's some sort of malware?
 
Please help if you can, thanks!!

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Is this the same computer as in the thread here


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^yes it is. the problem got worse. you can delete that thread. Once I get this solved and at least turned on to access my files if possible, then I'll full wipe reinstall and that should make the internet start working too. 


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Members are only allowed to have one account so this thread will be closed and admin notified so that the second account can be closed.

 

From one of your threads elsewhere;

 

I posted this on like 7 forums, and only got minimal replies so far besides here seems promising. One place banned me lol?!

 

 

Not a good way of showing your appreciation for the free assistance that you have been afforded.


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