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Accessing Bitlocker Encrypted Drives

The Tip of the Night for January 4, 2016 noted that you need a PC with the TPM (Trusted Platform Module) chip in order to access a Bitlocker encrypted drive. There is actually a way around this limitation.

Click on your start button, enter 'run', and then enter gpedit.msc to open the Group Policy Editor.

You then browse to ocal Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > BitLocker Drive Encryption > Operating System Drives, then click 'Require additional authentication at startup'.

Choose the enabled radial button, and then check off the box that allows Bitlocker without TPM chip.

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