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Windows 7: Will I always need to use my jump drive to boot my pc?

29 Apr 2010   #1
blakenowazdi

Windows 7
 
 
Will I always need to use my jump drive to boot my pc?

I don't have a TPM on my notebook so I had to disable it if I wanted to use bitlocker. It is saving a key file to my jump drive in order to use bitlocker on my main notebook HDD.

Does this mean that each and every time I boot my computer I will need to plug in the thumb drive? If so, that kinda stinks. I was hoping to be able to enter a password at boot up.

Thank you.


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29 Apr 2010   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I am afraid yes since it substitutes for the missing TPM.
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29 Apr 2010   #3
blakenowazdi

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I could disable it though and maybe enable it when traveling in case i lose my laptop?
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29 Apr 2010   #4
whs
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But inserting the USB stick should not be such a big deal either.
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29 Apr 2010   #5
blakenowazdi

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
But inserting the USB stick should not be such a big deal either.
ya thats true. But hypothetically, could I just disable Btlocker when not needed?

Will the thumb drive need to stay plugged in the entire time?
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29 Apr 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

For disabling, see Scenario 5 here: Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption Step-by-Step Guide
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29 Apr 2010   #7
blakenowazdi

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
For disabling, see Scenario 5 here: Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption Step-by-Step Guide
thank you
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