How to save Windows7 BitLocker key on USB stick?
- Click: Start | Search, type
gpedit.mscand hit enter
- Navigate to:
Local Computer Policy
+ Computer Configuration
++ Administrative Templates
+++ Windows Components
++++ Operating Systems Drives
+++++ BitLocker Drive Encryption -> Require Additional Authentication at Startup
- Change those two keys to true
- Rerun the BitLocker Wizard
Once you have allowed BitLocker without TPM, the wizard in the BitLocker Drive Preparation will let you store the Startup Key on a USB flash drive. It also allows you to save a Recovery Key, which you will need if you have lost your USB stick.
You will then be asked whether you want to run a BitLocker System Check. If you agree, your computer will be restarted to check whether the USB device is available during the boot-up process (that is nice idea).This super mini howto was based on: Windows7 BitLocker Review, and it is posted mostly for me (I don't remember the path in gpedit.msc :().