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How to: Enable BitLocker in Windows 8 without a TPM

Written by AboKevin on . Posted in Microsoft, Tips, Windows 8

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One of the advantages of Windows 7 and now Windows 8, is the ability to encrypt whole drives using BitLocker or BitLocker To Go. First of all, what is BitLocker?

  • BitLocker provides disk drive encryption. When enabled BitLocker encrypts the entire disk. When adding new files to the disk those are immediately encrypted as well
  • BitLocker can do this to both system and non-system drives
  • BitLocker protects vital Windows system files during boot-up.
  • BitLocker works with Trusted Platform Module (TPM) security hardware, which is provided in some modern PCs
  • When copying or moving files off of a BitLocker protected drive they are automatically decrypted

Alas, none of my PCs have a TPM, so one might think that this is a no-go option.

But, no – you can actually enable BitLocker on Windows 8, even on PCs without a TPM

In order to do this follow these few steps;

  • Make sure you are logged on as an administrator
  • Hit the Windows key and type gpedit.msc

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  • Hit enter and the Local Group Policy Editor comes up;

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