Windows 10 Home and Bitlocker

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  1. swatson7122

    swatson7122 New Member

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    I just picked up a surface 3 tablet last week and was having issues with Bitdefender and secure Boot. Anyway I noticed it was asking for a recovery key during advanced boot up and realized the recovery keys were coming from Bitlocker. After logging into windows I realized Bitlocker was in fact installed and the drive is encrypted. I thought Bitlocker was limited to Windows 10 Pro edition? Can anyone else confirm this is available on there Surface 3 Tablet?

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  2. patters

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    Yes that is normal. I have a Surface 3. All Surface devices have this, even the Windows RT ones. Can you do me a favour? I recently clean installed my Surface 3 with Windows 10 and there seems to be some doubt as to whether clean installs of Threshold Update 2 version have working hardware drive encryption. Please can you launch PowerShell as Administrator and post your output of the following command:
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    PS C:\Windows\system32> manage-bde -status
    BitLocker Drive Encryption: Configuration Tool version 10.0.10011
    Copyright (C) 2013 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
    
    Disk volumes that can be protected with
    BitLocker Drive Encryption:
    Volume C: []
    [OS Volume]
    
        Size:                 115.93 GB
        BitLocker Version:    2.0
        Conversion Status:    Used Space Only Encrypted
        Percentage Encrypted: 100.0%
        Encryption Method:    XTS-AES 128
        Protection Status:    Protection On
        Lock Status:          Unlocked
        Identification Field: Unknown
        Key Protectors:
            Numerical Password
            TPM
    
    PS C:\Windows\system32>
    There is some suggestion that the Encryption Method should say "Hardware". What does it say on yours?
     
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2015
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    It would be interesting to see but I'm not sure if the eMMC drive(s) would have hardware encryption although the SP SSDs do.
     
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    My Surface RT and Surface 2 have Encryption Method: AES128, and they have similar eMMC storage so I guess what I'm seeing is likely to be normal. Apparently some Surface Pro 3 units have SSDs that don't support eDrive - it's kind of pot luck.
    Apparently this XTS-AES128 method is new with Threshold 2.
     
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    Mine says:

    Encryption Method: AES 256
     

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