Installed Bitlocker does not ask for password on computer start-up! Solved

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  1.    17 Nov 2015 #11

    Thanks for sharing how you resolved this issue. I agree that having more security is a big advantage, but many people aren't going to want to jump through more hoops. Heck, most people don't even turn Bitlocker on.
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  2.    25 Jul 2016 #12

    i have spent all day on phone to dell and msoft. this is a great help.


    i was getting a blue screen after dell logo. this has helped.
    MicrosoftPains said: View Post
    I have managed to solve the issue thanks to the terrific guys here on these forums.

    For anyone else who is ever in the same boat, step 5 on this page is what you need to do. As it states, you need to unencrypt your hard-drive, then configure the settings in step 5, and then encrypt your drive again.

    Now it asks me for a Bitlocker pin number whenever I start-up my computer.

    THANK YOU to everyone for your incredible assistance. I have enjoyed far more knowledgeable folk and superior support here than I have ever seen on Microsoft's lousy forums where their own staff have little idea about the products they supposedly specialise in. It's a real pity that, now that we are even into version 10 of Windows, even the simplest of steps is made into a headache that can take 10+ hours to resolve. For the life of me, I don't know why Bitlocker can't just ask you "would you like to set-up a password when you start-up your computer?" instead of having to go into the deeper recesses of the operating system's configuration options and taking 25 steps to be able to so.

    Thanks everyone!
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  3.    12 Dec 2017 #13

    does this work for windows 10 pro? having the same issue. thanks


    does this work on windows 10 pro, i need the same set-up - to have a pin required when computer is turned on. thanks


    MicrosoftPains said: View Post
    I have managed to solve the issue thanks to the terrific guys here on these forums.

    For anyone else who is ever in the same boat, step 5 on this page is what you need to do. As it states, you need to unencrypt your hard-drive, then configure the settings in step 5, and then encrypt your drive again.

    Now it asks me for a Bitlocker pin number whenever I start-up my computer.

    THANK YOU to everyone for your incredible assistance. I have enjoyed far more knowledgeable folk and superior support here than I have ever seen on Microsoft's lousy forums where their own staff have little idea about the products they supposedly specialise in. It's a real pity that, now that we are even into version 10 of Windows, even the simplest of steps is made into a headache that can take 10+ hours to resolve. For the life of me, I don't know why Bitlocker can't just ask you "would you like to set-up a password when you start-up your computer?" instead of having to go into the deeper recesses of the operating system's configuration options and taking 25 steps to be able to so.

    Thanks everyone!
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 8
    Windows 7 and Windows 10
       24 Apr 2018 #14

    OK. I may annoy some people with this comment, but .... feel free to delete it if it is bothersome.
    I feel the poster had a good complaint - no boot password.
    And I feel one of the responders provided some excellent comments (including that the password file is encrypted) in response to the "it's easy to hack the Windows login password) poster.

    I've been in this business for 35 years and I am slow to condemn software developers, including Microsoft. It doesn't take much effort to call them uncaring or incompetent. I've written code and believe me - it ain't easy. If it were so easy Microsoft couldn't command the prices they command (and Mr. Gates wouldn't be rich). It's hard.

    It turns out that the TPM (no boot password) system is damned good AND seamless. The value of no boot password is that the PC can be accessed remotely by the owner (from the road) or his tech support person.

    I also use BestCrypt, which requires a boot password. It took me a while to consider not having one. If fact, that consideration brought me to this thread. BitLocker is good. It notices if the Boot Loader changes. It protects against the hard drive being removed.

    My advice: Go easy on the condemnation until you've become more expert. This thread has made me more expert on BitLocker.

    I came to BitLocker because I had one machine that just wouldn't tolerate BestCrypt (an otherwise superb product with excellent technical support). I too bristled at the no-boot-password issue. I began to learn about TPM.

    After reading this article, I am more convinced then ever that Microsoft has created a fine product. But, it takes some extra study. (and Microsoft tech-support is often poor).
    Please go a little easier (and slower) on the frustration-induced condemnation. It's distracting to me. These are complex software systems. Microsoft developers are hardly perfect. They are a mercenary company. But they are not a bunch of uncaring, incompetent fools.
    Or as the bard said: "Know your song well before you start singing". More study, less whining.
    Now go ahead and delete this provocative post. I fully understand.
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  5.    10 May 2018 #15

    Folks,
    I read through the posts ( good stuff) and want to do the same thing...
    BUT before I get started I wanted to clarify one point.
    1. I Have Bitlocker running ( windows 10 pro)
    2. With TPM
    3. With NO bootup password i.e. windows login only

    Just to make sure, following the point offered in post 9 above ( redirecting the reader to another page) following point 5 of that page, it seems:
    a. I have to turn off Bitlocker ( which is running)
    b. start the process all over of setting it up again ( which is no issue)
    c. --> the point to be made <-- I CANNOT add a bootup password as an additional option with the existing Bitlocker turned on and in place.

    I am running a Lenovo M910s, i7 process, Windows 10 pro ( with TPM).

    Is my assessment correct? This goes under measure twice cut once mentality.


    thank you,
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  6.    10 May 2018 #16

    After re-reading post 9, it DOES inform me to uninstall ( turn off) Bitlocker…. So I will pursue that path.

    thanks
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  7.    13 Oct 2018 #17

    Hello all,

    Thanks for all explaination, I was asking myself the same question.

    Before starting a reconfiguration, I would like to have a clear response to the basic questions.

    - is a TPM access enough as when the drive is encrypted, the windows password hack is not working anymore.

    It mean, do we really need to use a password or is the TPM 99,99% safe?

    Thanks
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  8.    4 Weeks Ago #18

    pparks1 said: View Post
    The idea is that you do not enter a bitlocker password when you boot up. Your TPM does this for you. As long as your hardware and bootloader hasnt changed, bitlocker will be seemless to you. So, yes, your pc is only as secure as your Windows password is in the event it is lost. I think this surprises many people when it comes to bitlocker.

    However, if you pull your hard drive and put into another box, it will prompt for the 48bit recovery key.

    Without encryption, if you left your laptop lying around, and I picked it up, and could not guess your password, all I have to do is pull the drive out, plug it into another computer and I have all of your data. Bitlocker protects against tbis scenario.
    Thanks for the info! Everywhere else I look shows setting a password or PIN is a standard step in installation. I could not figure why it wasn't letting me set a password.
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