BitLocker Drive Encryption: Scenarios, User Experience, and Flow

Information on BitLocker user scenarios, user interfaces, and user experience flow.


If you're looking for BitLocker and TPM content for Windows 10, see What's New in BitLocker and Trusted Platform Module.


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This paper provides information about Microsoft BitLocker, a security feature that is available in certain Windows operating systems. It provides guidelines for IT administrators and advanced users to understand the different scenarios that BitLocker supports, the user interfaces that help set up and manage keys in the product, and the user experience flow.

Included in this paper:

  • Basic BitLocker Use Scenario (TPM-Only)
  • Two-Layer Protection Use Scenarios
  • Startup Key-Only Use Scenario
  • Recovery Use Scenarios
  • Disabling Protection Use Scenario
  • BitLocker Setup Wizard User Experience
  • Pre-Windows Boot Recovery User Experience
  • Key Management User Experience
  • Definitions


This is a preliminary document and may be changed substantially prior to final commercial release of the software described herein.

The information contained in this document represents the current view of Microsoft Corporation on the issues discussed as of the date of publication. Because Microsoft must respond to changing market conditions, it should not be interpreted to be a commitment on the part of Microsoft, and Microsoft cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information presented after the date of publication.



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