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I have been lock out of my laptop it's saying I need the

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I have been lock out of my laptop it's saying I need the recovery key. I followed the instructions on the screen and now have been locked out of my account as I updated it
Hiw can oi a cess my laptop please

Hi Penny, welcome and thank you for your question. My name is ***** ***** I am glad to assist you today.

I am very sorry about your issues. Are you using Windows 8 or 10? If yes, is the username in your laptop an email account? What is the email account so that I can check the recovery options?

Please let me know by replying to me here so that I can help you further.

Best regards,

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It's windows 10 and the email for account is my user name

Thank you for writing back with that information. Please give me a moment to check for your recovery options

I have checked for your recovery options and you only have one. Are you still able to access the email address ending with If yes, please tell me the username part, that is, the part before

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The user name is penny.lorimer but I can't access that email anymore

Unfortunately, that is the only recovery mode for your account that we can recover it faster. Can you please tell me why are you no longer able to access it?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It was a work email and I have now left

Ok, I understand. Recovery now will be crucial. Are you using a computer to chat with me now? If yes, have you used that computer to access the Hotmail account before?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No using my phone as laptop won't let me do anything without recovery key

Do you have other computers besides the laptop that is now locked?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Ok Penny. Since the recovery email (the work email) is no longer accessible, your next recovery option is to send the recovery form. Have you already tried that?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What's that all I got was to change email and phone number and my account would then be suspended for 30 days

Oh, so are you saying that your previous password ***** ***** working but you are stuck on that screen? Can you please tell me the last password ***** used so that I can check from my end?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The last password ***** used was skyebro 123
On my screen it has the bit locker and I have to enter the recovery key that's all its showing a

Ok, thank you for that information.

Now, let me walk you through the process of fixing this since I cannot remotely access your mobile phone to do it for you. Please do the following:

  1. Open a new browser tab
  2. In that browser tab or window, please manually type this address:
  3. You shall get a login page is you are NOT yet logged in. However, if you already tried to login lately, you shall see the page entitled "Your security info change is still pending"
  4. In that page, please click on the NEXT button
  5. Then follow the on screen procedures and you shall be able to access your Hotmail.
  6. If you are stuck after pressing the NEXT button, please let me know so that I can assist you further.

Keep me posted.


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I don't understand I can't get off the page on my laptop to access anything do you want me to access my hotmail for a reason


The procedures I gave you must be done on the phone. You tried to change the security information and thus it is asking for a code. So please try to access the hotmail account on your phone and follow the steps I gave you so that you will then be allowed to access it normally without the code. After being able to access it on the phone, you shall be able to login to your laptop.

If you are stuck after tapping the NEXT button in the screen that I described, you can also tap the "cancel this request" link on that same page.

That way, your Hotmail account will be restored to its original state and your laptop shall be able to authenticate without issues.

After being able to access the laptop, you can create a new Admin user account as an alternate account, then proceed to changing the security information of your Hotmail again. If you are locked out, you can use the alternate user account.

Please let me know your results so that I can assist you further.

Best regards,


If your laptop is still stuck in asking for a code even after doing the procedures on your phone, please restart the laptop and try signing in again.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I can access my hotmail from my phone but still nothing with my laptop still stuck on the same screen looking for recovery key

Please restart the laptop then try signing in again to your account in the laptop and see if it will still look for the recovery key

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Doesn't let me sign in it goes straight to the bit locker again looking for yhe recovery key

You already restarted it? Can you please take a picture of your screen and attach it here when you reply?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Did you recieve photo

No. Did you attach it here in the reply box? You can also upload it to

I got it on the site. Give me a moment

Ok, on your phone, please go to this link using a web browser:

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Done that

Now, did you see your bitlocker recovery key?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
On the site you directed me to but see no recovery key details
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It's now saying that the page cannot be found

Please try accessing the page again:

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
On it using a fiends tablet ì it has taken me to Microsoft home page

Please tell me if the page that you are seeing there tells you something like "You don't have any BitLocker recovery keys in your Microsoft account."

I tried that link myself and here is my screen shot:

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It's not taking me to that page it keep sending me to Microsoft page
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Would it be easier if you were able to do this remotely

Unfortunately, I can only access remotely a computer. I can't access smartphones and Android or iOS tablets. If you have a Windows computer there, I can access it

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Still taking me to Microsoft home page

Do you remember creating a BitLocker key before and saving it in a USB drive?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No we didn't

Unfortunately, in this case, the control on accessing the laptop is no longer on your Microsoft account, but on a BitLocker key that must have been stored on your Microsoft account, or on a USB drive.

Since you do not have the key, it will be impossible to access your laptop now even though the MS account is now accessible since the computer now requires the key.

This key was triggered due to several failed login attempts.

The only way to regain access to the laptop is by perform a factory reset. But please be warned, factory reset wipes all your data on the drive and then reinstall a fresh copy of Windows 10.

If you have a lot of personal files on the locked laptop, please have it recovered by some local techs there before performing the factory reset.

Here is the link about getting locked by BitLocker:

I know this is not the kind of answer that you wish to hear and I hate to be the bearer of this bad news. But it will be unprofessional of me and unfair to you if I will not give you the real state of your scenario.

At this point you placed a deposit and it is up to you if you want to give me credit for assisting you or not. Your deposit is refundable should you wish not to pay. But please do not rate me negatively (1 to 2 stars) as I have done everything to assist you and that the situation is no longer on our control.

Here is the link about refunding:

Thank you for using our service. If you need anything else, please let me know. I am still here to help.

Best regards,


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
How would I perform a factory reset

Thank you for writing back.

In the BitLocker screen, look at the bottom part, click "Skip this drive"

If you skip all of the BitLocker-encrypted drives, you’ll see a list of advanced repair and startup options to choose from.

Click Repair and Restore, click Other repair options, and then click Factory Reset and follow the instructions.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It's not letting me reset my laptop keeps telling me their is a problem

But were you able to click on Factory Reset?

If yes, please do the following:

  1. Turn OFF the laptop
  2. Unplug it from the power source
  3. Allow it to cool off for 10 to 15 minutes
  4. Remove all external devices like USB attached devices
  5. Plug it back in to power source
  6. Turn it back ON then perform the factory reset again
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It allowed me to go on will try yiur advise thank you

Ok please take your time

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