Security :: Can't Find (BitLocker) On Windows 8 Operating System

Oct 9, 2013

Is there any way to enable it or to be able to find it?

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Security :: Turning On Bitlocker - Find Identifiers / Recovery Keys On Laptops?

Jul 23, 2014

I turned on Bitlocker on three new Windows 8.1 laptops and saved the 48-digit recovery keys and associated identifiers, but I forgot to indicate which laptops they are associated with. Is there any way to find the identifiers/recovery keys on my laptops so I can document this? Or do I have to decrypt the laptop drives, turn off Bitlocker, and start all over again to generate new identifiers/recovery keys? My only options under Manage Bitlocker are Suspend protection, Back up your recovery key, and Turn off BitLocker.

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Security :: Enable BitLocker On Windows 8.1 Pro?

Jun 12, 2014

I recently upgraded my windows 8.1 to windows 8.1 pro as I wanted to enable bitlocker encryption on the laptop.

The issue is that I can't seem to enable or find bitlocker in any of the area's outlined. When I try to right click on the C: drive I don't have an option for bitlocker. When I go into control panel, there's no bitlocker icon. When I do a search on the machine for bitlocker I do get a "manage bitlocker" icon, but it's doesn't do anything when I click on it.

I have followed the tutorial on this site and downloaded/installed the reg files to enable it on a non tpm device. Can see that they did update the policy on the machine, but still no joy.

When I go into PC info on the machine in question I don't see anything about bitlocker. It's like it's not there. Do you have to add a windows feature to enable it?

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Security :: Bitlocker Error With GPO In Windows 8

Jan 29, 2014

We are facing an issue with bitlocker on Windows 8 machines since its not encrypting Hard disks through GPO. we are getting the below error on the log files

failed to initiate drive encryption with the following exit code: 80070057

We are using the same GPO for windows 7 machines and its working completely fine and also Bitlcoker_to_go is working fine with both OS's.

Is there anything specific in GPO to check for bitlocker encryption in windows 8?

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Security :: Windows 8.1 Machine - Bitlocker Recovery Key

Jul 3, 2014

I have a new Windows 8.1 machine and I wish to encrypt the drive using Bitlocker. It gives me 4 options to save a recovery key

1. Save to your Microsoft account
2. Save to a USB flash drive
3. Save to a file
4. Print the recovery key

Option 1 isn't available as I'm logged on using a local account.

i. What is the difference between options 2 & 3? i.e. I could save to a file on a USB drive
ii. Does option 2 mean the USB flash drive cannot then be used for other purposes?
iii. Does option 2 also mean I could use a USB external hard drive, or does it have to be a flash drive?
iv. Once the recovery key has been created, can the key then be copied to other locations or is it only going to work where Bitlocker puts the key?
v. Just thinking about printing the recovery key - can this be used without a password to access the drive, how sensitive/important is the printed key?

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Security :: Windows 8.1 - Bitlocker Detect Data Drive

Jul 29, 2014

I've recently encrypted my main drive, and all is well. However, I would like to be able to encrypt one of my data drives as well and bitlocker isn't even detecting the drive's existence under "Fixed Drives"

I'm on windows 8.1 machine, the encrypted main drive is a SSD drive, and the data drive is a regular WD spinning drive SATA drive. I would like to have the WD data drive encrypted as well...

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Security :: Windows 8.1 Core And Enterprise Dual Boot And Bitlocker

Sep 16, 2013

I have Windows 8.1 Core and Enterprise dual booted. Now, the real question here is, well I've read online that Windows 8.1 had finally added some of the encryption functionality of Bitlocker in a limited sense setup and turned on by default in all editions of Windows including Core - similar to how it does this with RT. The thing is on that point I've read about this, but no-one on the internet seems to know how to describe this functionality with more detail than just a mention of the existence of this.

Yes, I know Windows 8.1 is a brand new OS - so new that it won't be available to the normal public for another month and a half. And yes, I know, this RTM is still incomplete and when it will be complete within this next month and half maybe some of these new features (like the default limited Bitlocker as well as the Wifi hotspot functionality (which I figured out how to setup with Powershell, but there's no easy and normal way to go about doing this (how are normal people going to set it up? Normal people are afraid of Powershell/Command Prompt! Microsoft knows this - so I assume they'll address these concerns, and if they don't - there employees and executives must be smoking crack cocaine))).

But, what I'm getting at is this - is it safe for me to set up Bitlocker on the Enterprise edition/drive and let the Core edition/drive be as it is now? Is there a specific way I should go about doing this? If my concern on this is warranted - and it's a dangerous thing to try to do - which could have negative and unwanted consequences - than maybe I should just remove Enterprise, well if I should, then suggest that too. I like Bitlocker encryption for my more sensitive data - but I also like this Windows To Go feature as well. I would remove Enterprise if it's probably the best option. I am concerned of this too because I remember reading years ago that in reality having a dual boot setup of 2 editions of the same version of Windows (or just 2 editions of different versions) was/is actually something that isn't a good idea to have setup because it messes with the 2 versions of Windows somehow and drive C:, but I assume that as time has passed and technology has advanced maybe those issues that were authentic issues in the past might've been addressed with the new technology - but am unsure of this.

So, basically, the real question is - is dual booting these 2 editions of Windows safe in the new world of today with these new technologies - and if it is - is having the full Bitlocker functionality with Enterprise setup and having the Core OS setup as the main OS as well - safe?

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Security :: Windows 8.1 OS - BitLocker Encryption On External Hard Drives

Sep 15, 2014

Recently upgraded to Windows OS 8.1 Pro and cannot encrypt my HP external hard drive. Encryption pauses and states that disk has errors and please run chkdsk. Ran chkdsk and no errors found. Had no difficulty encrypting the C drive with the OS.

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Security :: BitLocker - Encrypt OS Drive Without TPM If It Is Present

Feb 12, 2014

I am "fresh" with BitLocker encryption. I need to encrpyt OS drive of laptop with Windows 8.1 and TPM chip. I have read few articles about encryption of OS drives with BitLocker ( with TPM / without TPM ) but never got a direct answer to my questions. So ... I want to ask:

1. Is it possible to encrypt the drive without using the TPM in case that there is TPM chip in the laptop because from what I have read BitLocker work with TPM by default but I don't want to use it. I have had already encrypt other laptops without TPM chips by setting up the group policies ( Computer Configuration Administrative Templates Windows Components Bit Locker Drive Encryption Operating System Drives and double click on Require additional authentication at startup ) and ... is it possible something like this to be made in this case ( when the laptop have TPM in it ).

What I want is the user to be asked for password on startup, recovery key to be saved to a file on external device( not to use usb flash drive as a key ) and to be possible simply to change my HDD in the future without need to manage TPM.

If this is not possible ... here is my second question:

2. Can I setup encryption with TPM like that:
- user to be asked for PASSWORD on startup
- recovery key to be saved to a file ( I don't want every time to use usb flash drive with recovery on it to unlock the drive ... what I want is just user to be asked for a password and when he enter the correct password the drive to be unlocked ).

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Security :: Enabling Bitlocker On C Drive And For All Partitions

Jun 21, 2013

When I want to turn on BitLocker on C drive (for some reason I can't do it on other drives) I get this message:

What should I do in order to enable BitLocker for not only C drive, but all of my partitions?

Which encryption is BitLocker using?

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Security :: BitLocker Requiring Key Every Time On Boot Up

Jan 1, 2014

After I restored to default settings in the bios , I get into this problem of bitlocker requiring the key to start. I tried to suspend bit locker but bit locker management is not available . OS is win 8.1 , product is Dell Venue Pro 11 Tablet.

When I tried to use elevated command to disable bitlocker , the system does not recognize "protectors" in the command line.

What am I to do? I am sick of entering the very long Key , each time I bootup ...

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Security :: BitLocker - Password Is Known But Unable To Decrypt

Jul 7, 2014

I have BitLocker enabled on a laptop's boot/OS drive. It has worked well for almost a year but it hung when shutting down the other day and I had to press and hold the power button for 4 seconds to power it off. Now when I power it back on, it asks for the password as normal but then it starts in recovery mode and asks for the recovery key as well. Unfortunately I do not have the recovery key.

I know that the password I am entering is correct because it rejects any other password (as would be expected) and only prompts for the recovery key when I enter the correct password.

Am I going to be able to recover my data without this recovery key it is asking for?

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Security :: Windows 8 / Bitlocker - No Password Prompt Appears At Early Instant Of Boot Process

Jun 2, 2013

I activated Bitlocker for my Operating system drive on a Windows 8 machine. But when starting the process I only can back up the recovery key. I have no dialog to choose how to unlock the drive. Thus even though Bitlocker is running, the PC can be turned and windows can be accessed by common user authentication. No password prompt appears at an early instant of the boot-process.

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Security :: Win 8.1 Upgrade - Bitlocker Encryption Control App Missing

Feb 16, 2014

My issue first originates with going through the windows 8.1 store app to upgrade windows 8 -> to windows 8.1.

"turn off bitlocker because it isn't supported in the edition of windows you want to install"

I am not sure whether i encrypted the drives after installing windows 8 or in windows 7, nevertheless i do know the encryption passwords to the drives. The biggest problem is therefore trying to remove/disable the encryption to upgrade.

The Applet in the control panel is missing for some reason. I have seen some guides which rely on this applet which is usually situated between auto play and colour management.

I would like to remove/disable the encryption for the upgrade, or confirm the idea that if i disconnect the two drives that are encrypted i could upgrade the OS to 8.1 and wouldn't need to worry about the encryption. The concern is that the 8.1 OS would not read the drives hence the upgrading message.

My specs are this , related to Bitlocker:

Windows 8 64bit - standard (non-enterprise, pro)Hard drives:1 X 128GB SSD - C:/ windows installed here ** NOT ENCRYPTED **1 X 2TB HDD - D:/ + E:/ **ENCRYPTED**1 X 3TB HDD - F:/ **ENCRYPTED**

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Security :: Full Disk Encryption - Alternative To Bitlocker

Dec 3, 2013

I'm seeking full-disk encryption software. I want to encrypt the volume that my Windows installation is on.

First of all, does Bitlocker come on the home edition of Windows 8.1? I recall on previous versions it was only available in the Pro editions.

However, I would prefer to use an open-source disk encryption solution. I've searched but I have not found any that can encryption the Windows installation volume, the ones I found (such as TrueCrypt) can only set up additional encrypted partitions which is no good for me.

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How To Add Operating System To System Startup List

May 27, 2013

I have three operating systems on my pc. I only recently installed a windows 7 64 bit on a ssd but after doing so, I had to do a system image recovery to my windows 8 installation from a date prior to the new windows 7 install. This Windows 7 is not on the list of operating system options in system startup so how do I add it?

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Security :: How To Enable BitLocker Support (unlock Drive) In WinPE 5

May 18, 2014

I have a Microsoft Surface Pro 2 and I am running Windows 8.1 Pro Update 1.

I have been unsuccessful at building a WinPE image that provides BitLocker support. I searched around the internet and found many posts. Eventually, I ended up trying to build it with the various added packages I discovered in the various posts. However, in the end, none worked and this is the message I am getting after booting into my WinPE environment:

manage-bde.exe - Application Error

The instruction at 0xa20afa3b referenced memory at 0x0000013d.
The memory could not be read.
Click on OK to terminate the program

Here are the commands I eventually ended up using to build my WinPE image:

Code: dism /image:C:Bootmacriummount /add-package /packagepath:"C:Program Files (x86)Windows Kits8.1Assessment and Deployment KitWindows Preinstallation"dism /image:C:Bootmacriummount /add-package /packagepath:"C:Program Files (x86)Windows Kits8.1Assessment and Deployment KitWindows Preinstallation Environment

[Code] ....

But even with all that included, I still have the same error about the memory.

Will WinPE 5.0 x64 bootable environment work on a TPM-enabled machine? If so, how did you build your custom WinPE environment?

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Security :: Encrypted Drive Using Bitlocker - No Prompt To Choose Password

Mar 12, 2013

I have a Windows 8 Pro laptop with a single SSD. I just encrypted the entire drive using Bitlocker. The process prompted me to save the recovery key, which I did to an external drive. The encryption was successful but nowhere during the process was I prompted to choose a password. So I have the drive encrypted but when I reboot it does so normally without asking me for a key or password to access the drive.

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Windows 8 PRO / BitLocker To Encrypt System Drive - Always Invalid Password

Dec 4, 2012

I use Windows 8 PRO and BitLocker to encrypt my system drive. My notebook hasn't TPM module, so I changed group rules and allow to use BitLocker without TPM. I enabled BitLocker, write key backup to flash drive and use PIN to unlock BitLocker.

Everything works fine except one think... when I start computer, there is BitLocker start screen and I must write PIN.

Always, really ALWAYS first-time password is invalid. Tried to write it very, very slow and I'm sure its correct... but BitLocker said it isn't.

I must delete it and write again... click enter and... pass is valid! I try to use insert to show password - in this case, first-time password are correct and Bitlocker accepts its. Unfortunatelly, it isn't secure method.

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Windows 8 Acer Aspire V5 Operating System Not Detected?

Apr 2, 2014

my laptop upon powering on i get an error message in the top left hand corner stating operator system not found or detected w/e also accessed bios screen via F2 and the HDD not found not to sure what HDD is i think its harddrive info would work. Anyways i purchased a five disk media restore which contains 1 system disk 3 part recovery media and 1 disc titled language. upon attempting to restore the loading gets hung up in the process also tried numerous times and sometimes wont even allow me to select a restore route.

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Reinstall Operating System On Gateway Laptop With Windows 8

Sep 4, 2014

I have a gateway laptop with windows 8 on it and need to use the recovery disks. When I put one it goes through the language and all that then it says switch to legacy bios mode, i do that and it says switch to uefi mode. I have gone thru this a thousand times now. what to do or how to do it. I know it has one other mode but I can't get it to that mode to try.

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Dec 27, 2012

If I'll be able to downgrade the Dell Inspiron i660s-3848BK to Windows 7?  It ships with Windows 8 in a bundle through Walmart. My workplace already has the software and several additional licenses available for Windows 7 Enterprise.

I've been reading about how the BIOS will need to be changed.  Dell Support doesn't show the i660s as one of those computers that can be downgraded.

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Operating System Not Found?

Jun 6, 2013

Friend of mine had a dual boot of windows 7&8 then, he tried to remove windows 8( it's partition was active but windows 7 wasn't active), he first deleted Windows 8 from msconfig then tried to delete the partition of windows 8( but Disk management didnt allow him neither easeus partition manager did, so he tried to keep windows 7 partition as active using easeus manager, then after completing the action, the PC failed to start, he tried automatic repair,but that bore no fruit... the PC says " Couldn't find any operating system, press ctrl+alt+del to restart...

edit: my idiotic friend after removing windows 8 from msconfig,upgraded win7 to Windows 8... suspect that MBR software has been corrupted... so is there any way to make his PC , boot again and remove the windows 8's( previously clean installed) partition ...

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Setup Installation :: Windows 8.1 Boot Error - Operating System Not Found?

Sep 15, 2014

I reinstalled windows 8.1 on my Samsung NP530U3C-A10EE. And now the problem this that I can't boot it without usb stick that contains windows installation files. I can boot up windows and remove the usb stick evertything is working perfectly, but if I try to boot up win without usb, it gives error "Operating system not found. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart". VOLUME C: is one where windows are installed (SSD), System Reserved is the system partition that windows create automaticaly (SSD), volumes D: and F: are my hdd volumes D: is empty & F: is stored with my personal files (photos, music etc.)

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Setup Installation :: Acer Aspire V5 - No Operating System Found After Windows 8.1 Upgrade

Aug 11, 2014

Acer Aspire V5 laptop that was running an OEM Windows 8 to upgrade to 8.1.

After selecting the Upgrade to Windows 8.1 via the store, the system went through it's install procedure, however after it does an auto reboot, it gives you a blank screen with the message No Operating System found, in the upper left corner.

But, you can turn the machine off and back on, and it will boot just fine. However if you select restart it does the same thing "no operating system found", on restart and again you must power down and power back on.

I have searched for fixes, but all seem to point to some sort of re-install process. I am not to crazy about the idea of re-installing to factory settings or doing a repair back to Windows 8 and attempting to upgrade again, are their any known shorter fixes for this?

And if I do go back to Windows 8, and try to upgrade again, what is to say it won't happen again?

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Aug 7, 2013

I was using my laptop and this came up on my screen [URL] .... After my laptop restarted, I used it for about 5 minutes before it froze. When i next used my laptop, It stayed on the Toshiba screen (the first screen when the laptop is turned on). After about 3 or 4 minutes, the laptop opens the automatic repair feature and this comes up on the screen [URL] ..... I have tried tapping both F8 and F12 throughout start up to try and repair the computer although this doesnt work either. I have opened the boot menu and tried to select the HDD Recovery option although it says no bootable media, please restart system.

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Jan 24, 2013

Protected Operating System Files are appearing without uncheck hide Protected Operating System Files in Folder option:-

In my Local Disk C: System Volume Information is not hide when i check hide Protected Operating System Files in Folder option. How to assign Protected Operating System of this folder.

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Feb 15, 2013

I'm dual booting Windows 8 and Linux Mint 14 right now with GRUB2 as the MBR. I changed the MBR to Windows, but didn't like the menu screen so I went back to GRUB2. Now, when I select Windows 8 from GRUB2, it has the choose operating system screen and it boots after 5 seconds or if I select it. I used EasyBCD to add the boot entry for Linux Mint prior to re-installing GRUB2 as the MBR. Then deleting the boot entry after switching back to GRUB2. I know on Windows XP, you would edit the boot.ini file located in the root of the c: driver, but on vista and later, I'm not sure how to edit the bcdedit.exe file in c:windowssystem32. When I type the command into command prompt, it displays all the information inside the file, but I'm not sure what command to use to fix the issue.

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May 7, 2014

Is there a way to change from 64 to 32 bit. I ran into a problem with running a program from a web site that implied that I needed a 32 bit web browser instead of 64 bit web browser. I did not put the 64 bit browser in so am unaware of how to fix this issue. It is from windows 8.1 x64 based processor ie version 10.1

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May 6, 2014

I already have windows 8.1 installed in c: partition

I have created new partition ''New Volume :" to install windows server 2008 on it ,but when I try to boot from the CD to install it this message appear

"Windows cannot be installed to this Hard disk space . The partition contain one or more volumes that are not supported for installation" ...

This is screenshot of disk management ...

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Maintenance :: Win 8.1 Laptop Clone Or Image Operating System On USB?

Mar 3, 2014

I have a Win 8.1 laptop without a disk drive which also did not come with a cd of operating system. What software, preferably free, can I use to copy my operating system to USB in case I ever need to reinstall Win 8.1?

How do I just copy the operating system without all the software I have added since acquiring this laptop?

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