Enabling BitLocker with Windows 7
BitLocker is a tool that's included with Microsoft Windows to enable drive encryption. The following tutorial will guide you through the steps required to enable BitLocker on Windows 7 devices
Task 1 - Enable the TPM on your computer
A TPM is a hardware based encryption chip that allows your data to be tied to a physical device. This device protects the system in the event that your device is lost or stolen and is a requirement for enabling BitLocker
- Step 1 - From the Zenworks Adaptive Agent icon on your Desktop, locate the TMP AA Tool and double click to launch it
- Step 2 - Click the run assessment button to begin the TPM assessment - This assessment determines the suitability of your computer to receive device encryption. At the conclusion of the tool, if your computer is compatible, you will receive a prompt to enable your TPM. If your computer is not suitable for encryption, this tool will inform you and you can contact the IT service desk for assistance.
- Step 3 - Once the assessment has concluded, click the Enable TPM button.
- Step 4 - Once the TPM has been enabled, click the Reboot button. Please note - you will not be able to finish the encryption process until you have rebooted your machine.
Task 2 - Enable BitLocker
Now that your TPM has been enabled, you can use the BitLocker wizard to encrypt your drive.
- Step 1 - Click the start button, and click Computer then right click on your Local Disk (C:) drive and click Turn on BitLocker.
- Step 2 - BitLocker will run a system check to make sure your TPM has been enabled. Wait for this check to complete.
- Step 3 - After the assessment has concluded, click next to begin the BitLocker process.
- Step 4 - Click next to prepare your drive for BitLocker.
- Step 5 - The drive partition process will run, and when completed you'll be prompted to restart your computer. Click the button to restart your computer and then login normally after your computer restarts.
- Step 6 - The BitLocker wizard will resume after your computer restarts. Click next to start the encryption process.
- Step 7 - Choose the appropriate option to save your recovery key - A USB flash drive, or printing the key is the simplest method. Click next after you have produced your backup key.
- Step 8 - Click the start encrypting button. Your computer will now begin encrypting your drive. You can use your computer normally during this process and it may take some time to fully encrypt.
- Step 9 - Once the BitLocker encryption process completes, click OK to exit the wizard. You can now continue to use your computer normally, your drive has been encrypted and is safe in the event that your device is lost or stolen.
For assistance with this process please contact the IT Service Desk at 705-748-1010 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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