Windows 10: Brain-damaged behavior when trying to encrypt system drive

  1.    22 Jun 2018 #1

    Brain-damaged system behavior when trying to encrypt system drive

    I am trying to enable BitLocker on my system drive.

    The first time I tried, the system declared, that it can't do so, because some precondition was not fulfilled.
    Googling for that error message I found out, that this error message indicates that the Windows RE (Recovery Environment) is not enabled. Checking for this using
    REAGENTC /info
    revealed that indeed the RE was disabled (apparently that happened during the last 1803 upgrade ). So I re-enabled the RE using
    REAGENTC /enable
    . After that it indicated "enabled".

    Then I retried to enable Bitlocker. First thing the system does is to tell me that it is going to copy important files to the RE and that it will disable RE and in order to use RE I will need to re-enable it. ||-(
    This doesn't make any sense to me but so be it.

    Next step is that it "prepares" the drive for bitlocker and it shows the options to copy the encryption key to a file or to print it. The "save to file"-option tells me, that it can't save the key (even though I attached a non-encrypted USB-stick on which I want to save that key. It didn't even ask WHERE to save the key).

    If I click on the option "Print the key" nothing at all happens.

    So, why does this darn system not allow me to safe the encryption key? Of course I aborted the process at this point since I definitely don't want to encrypt a drive without having a backup of the necessary key around anywhere.

    This 1803 upgrade was really a nightmare! Not only causes it a bluescreen every other day, now I also can't reenable drive encryption! BTW: I disabled the encryption before the upgrade since I don't trust MS to do these upgrades properly and I don't want to sit there with a broken, non-bootable drive with all data encrypted. So, before major upgrades I always disable encryption to have a minimal chance to repair boot loader issues or similar after the disaster.
    Last edited by mmo; 22 Jun 2018 at 16:50.
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