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Thomas Gonder       
2 months ago
I took a few minutes off to peruse this group of posts. Interesting.
Maybe this isn't the place, but I felt it worth sharing a recent experience with a new laptop my GF bought and tasked me with prepping.

A few weeks before this though, I ran across a technical Windows site where a 'technician' was complaining that he had been handed an employee's laptop and had no way to get to the departed employee's data. He seemed pretty knowledgeable and had tried all the tricks. What he was up against was a Windows 11 Home version that had BitLocker. Respondents on the site were claiming this was impossible, as BitLocker only works on Windows Pro, not Home edition. I forgot about the thread.

And then... I was repartitioning the SSD memory on GF's new laptop and low and behold... it was BitLocker(ed). I checked, it was indeed Home edition. It seems Microsoft has gotten tricky and ties all this to your Microsoft account. The unsuspecting user or technical person that doesn't later have access to the Microsoft account on which the computer was factory Window's booted/setup from is screwed!

Beware of this stunt by Microsoft. Be prepared, or just remove BitLocker from the drive.
Richard Rost             
2 months ago
Damn. I've never messed with BitLocker. All of my critical data is locked up nice and tight in SQL Server and files that I want to encrypt are ZIPped with passwords.
Thomas Gonder       
2 months ago
@ Richard, The point is, you would never know with a new computer unless you checked. And then it's not just your "critical" data, IT'S EVERYTHING on that computer.

I used to use some generic boot encryption software before (can't remember the name), but for a couple of years I've used BitLocker without any problems on my laptops (running Windows Pro). Not just for critical data, but everything Windows (Outlook, Word documents, the porn collection from the 90s ;), etc.). As a note, some are claiming it's pretty easy to break the BitLocker encryption, so I'm not sure how useful it is. Also, others claim it can slow down your computer, up to 50%. Not sure it that's true either, especially with newer processors that seem to have some encryption routines built in.

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