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Windows 7 Bitlocker without TPM and without USB key RRS feed

  • Question

  • In Windows 8, it is possible to configure Bitlocker without a TPM and only with a password. You enter the password when you select the operating system at boot loader (If you have dual boot) or in a Bitlocker blue screen before Windows boots. You do not need a USB key to start the computer only the password. I know that in Vista you need the USB obligatory when you don’t have a TPM. My question is about Windows 7, by default it seems you need the USB Key to boot like in Vista, but is there a way to make it behave like Windows 8? So you do not need the USB key and only provide a password?

    Friday, November 30, 2012 1:12 AM

Answers

  • Hi,

    As far as I know, USB is needed for Bitlocker without TPM on Windows 7. It is same as Windows Vista.

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    Niki Han
    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by Robert Eshuis Tuesday, December 4, 2012 10:13 PM
    Friday, November 30, 2012 3:03 AM

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  • Hi,

    As far as I know, USB is needed for Bitlocker without TPM on Windows 7. It is same as Windows Vista.

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    Niki Han
    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by Robert Eshuis Tuesday, December 4, 2012 10:13 PM
    Friday, November 30, 2012 3:03 AM
  • I am currently standing by for an update from you and would like to know how things are going. If you have any feedback, please let us know.

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    Niki Han
    TechNet Community Support

    Monday, December 3, 2012 3:03 AM
  • Robert,

    By design, this feature is only added in Windows 8.

    For OS drive, you cannot use Password as a protector in Win7.

    For Windows 7, for non-TPM machines you will have to use a StartupKey (USB stick).


    Manoj Sehgal

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012 3:15 AM
  • Thanks  a million Niki, Manoj. Question Answered
    Tuesday, December 4, 2012 10:15 PM