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What can Activate Bitlocker Recovery mode?

There are many reasons that can cause Bitlocker to enter recovery mode for example

  • Changes to the devices BIOS
  • Attempting to boot the device from a USB key
  • Attempting to install the hard drive in another device
  • Turning off, disabling, deactivating, or clearing the TPM chip

Any of the above will trigger bitlocker to enter recovery mode. When this happens you will be presented with the following  blue screen.

If you get this screen you will have to enter your 48 digit recovery key. If you dont have this key then you will have to contact the ITD help desk to get it.