How to enable BitLocker device encryption on Windows 8 RT
This document describes the workflow to enable BitLocker device encryption on the local hard disk of a Windows Surface computer that is running Windows 8 RT.
The document makes the following points:
- Logons by guest accounts, local administrator accounts, or Microsoft accounts that are members of the guest group do not trigger BitLocker encryption of the local hard disk.
- The first logon by a Microsoft account that is a member of the local computer's Administrators security group triggers BitLocker encryption of the local hard disk. A restart is required to complete the feature configuration.
- The BitLocker recovery password is put on the OneDrive share of the administrator-enabled Microsoft account that triggered the encryption. That recovery key is not visible on the OneDrive share when the share is viewed by using a web browser or a OneDrive viewing application.
- Windows Explorer displays a padlock next to local drives that are BitLocker encrypted.
- BitLocker recovery keys may be obtained from the following website through an email message, a telephone call, or a text message:
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