If you want to encrypt your drives due to sensitive data and private files which you don’t want to share with other. When you set up BitLocker on drives it shows that you are not using TPM (Trusted Platform Module). Normally, Bitlocker requires a computer with TPM. In this article, I am going to show you how you can use BL without TPM.
It is a built-in encryption feature available in Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 and Later. It helps to protect and secure data stored on OS drives and removable data drives. It encrypts the drives with a password. Without a password, no one accesses your data from drives. The password should require decrypting the drives.
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TPM (Trusted Platform Module)
TPM is a specialized chip into PC, installed on Motherboard which helps to support advanced security features for encryption. BitLocker can store the encryption keys here. It also protects against unauthorized firmware and software modification before execute.
Use BitLocker without TPM
- First, you need to open Local Group Policy Editor by pressing Win key+R and RUN dialog box . Type gpedit.msc in RUN box and hit Enter.
- Under Local Group Editor window, navigate to Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Bit Locker Drive Encryption > Operating System Drives. Here you will see Require additional authentication at startup. Go ahead and Double-click on it.
- Click on Enable Radio Button, check the box Allow BitLocker without a compatible TPM. Apply and OK. Close out from this Local Group Policy Editor.
- Open Control Panel go to System and Security and then Bitlocker Drive Encryption.
- In this Screen, click the Turn on BitLocker.
- You will see setup settings screen instead of Error message.
- Encrypt your drive as you normally would.
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