Bitlocker keeps asking for recovery key on Windows 10/8/7

Updated by Admin to Bitlocker Recovery on July 9th, 2019

1. Bitlocker keeps asking for recovery key every boot Windows 10/8/7

Some users have reported in forum posts that they are prompted to enter a recovery key on Bitlocker recovery screen every boot Windows 10/8/7 dell, hp or lenovo computers, etc.

Bitlocker recovery screen asks for Bitlocker recovery key

Bitlocker drive encryption software usually should not ask for the Bitlocker recovery key upon PC boot up during normal start-up. Under some situations, motherboard hardware changes or the program believes the data might be under attack so that Windows 10/8/7 boots into Bitlocker recovery, but it should not happen continuously.

Solution 1: Enter the recovery key

Step 1: Enter the recovery key on Bitlocker recovery screen.

Entering the recovery key is a quick way to pass Bitlocker recovery screen when Bitlocker recovery key keeps prompting at boot Windows 10/8/7.

The recovery key is stored in a .BEK file as same as following sample:

Bitlocker recovery key

To verify that this is the correct 48-digit recovery key, compare the start of the above identifier with the identifier value displayed on your Bitlocker encrypted volume. If you cannot find the recovery key, please refer to How/Where to find Bitlocker recovery key? If Bitlocker doesn't accept the correct recovery key, please go to solution 2 to recover data from Bitlocker encrypted drive.

Step 2: Once Windows OS is started, please go to Start -> Control Panel -> Bitlocker Drive Encryption.

Step 3: Click "Suspend protection" option next to the C drive (Or click "Turn off Bitlocker" to disable Bitlocker drive encryption on C drive).

Step 4: A dialog box window will open asking "Do you want to suspend BitLocker protection?", please press the Yes button to confirm.

Step 5: Please wait a few minutes after suspending protection and then click the "Resume protection" option to update Bitlocker TPM.

Turn off Bitlocker

Solution 2: Data recovery and then reinstall OS

If the correct recovery key cannot pass Bitlocker recovery prompt screen when Windows asking for recovery key on boot, the only way is to recover data from the corrupted Bitlocker encrypted OS drive with a professional data recovery software and then reinstall OS.

M3 Data Recovrey is a professional data recovery software which can recover deleted files, recover data from formatted drive, recvoer data from RAW, inaccessible, corrupted drive, recover data from deleted/lost partition, recover data from Bitlocker encrypted drive on Windows 10/8/7/XP and Windows Server 2016/2012/2008/2003.

M3 Data Recovery also provides a WinPE boot disk which can recover data from Bitlocker encrypted drive after computer crashed, failed, or was unable to boot.

Step 1: Download M3 Data Recovery WinPE edition.

Step 2: Burn M3 Data Recovery WinPE ISO file to a USB drive with the burning tool.

Step 3: Set the computer to be booted from M3 Data Recovery WinPE boot disk.

Step 4: Boot your computer from M3 Data Recovery WinPE boot disk.

Step 5: Once M3 Data Recovery is loaded, choose Bitlocker Recovery module.

Choose Bitlocker Recovery module in M3 Data Recovery

Step 6: Select the Bitlocker encrypted OS drive.

Step 7: Enter 48-digit recovery key and then click OK to to decrypt data from Bitlocker encrypted OS drive.

Enter the password or 48-digit Bitlocker recovery key

The 48-digit recovery key is the only way to decrypt data from Bitlocker encrypted OS drive due to TPM. If you don't have it, there is no way to recover data with M3 Data Recovery.

Step 8: M3 Data Recovery is scanning the data from Bitlocker encrypted OS drive.

Scan lost data from Bitlocker encrypted drive

Step 9: After the scan completes, select the files and click Recover to start data recovery process.

Recover data from Bitlocker encrypted drive

Step 10: Once all the data is recovered and can be opened, insert Windows OS installation disc, format the OS drive and then reinstall OS.

2: Bitlocker keeps asking for recovery key on Windows 10/8/7

When I mount and double click the drive, BitLocker wants me to enter a 48-digit recovery key and doesn't ask for a password. Why is that so and how can I enter a password instead?

In this situation, the password information was completely erased from the Bitlocker metadata so that Bitlocker asks for recovery key, instead of the password.

Solution 1: Enter the recovery key

Step 1: Enter the recovery key on unlock window.

Step 2: After the Bitlocker encrypted data drive is unlocked, right click it in My Computer (or This PC) and select "Manage Bitlocker" from the right-click menu.

Step 3: Click "Turn off Bitlocker" option next to the Bitlocker encrypted data drive.

Step 4: After Bitlocker drive encryption is turned off, re-enable Bitlocker drive encryption on that drive.

Solution 2: Data recovery and then format

M3 Bitlocker Recovery is a professional Bitlocker data recovery software which can recover data from formatted, corrupted, failed, inaccessible, unknown, deleted or lost Bitlocker encrypted partition, recover data after Bitlocker drive encryption/decryption failed, stuck, froze, interrupted, hung, etc. after providing the password or 48-digit recovery key.

Step 1: Download, install and launch M3 Bitlocker Recovery on your computer.

Step 2: Select the corrupted Bitlocker encrypted drive and click Next to continue.

Bitlocker data recovery software - M3 Bitlocker Recovery

Step 3: Enter the password or 48-digit recovery key.

Decrypt data from corrupted Bitlocker encrypted drive

Tips: If M3 Bitlocker Recovery doesn't accept correct password or 48-digit recovery key, it means Bitlocker metadata has been completely erased so that there is no way to decrypt data from Bitlocker encrypted drive.

Step 4: Scan the lost data from corrupted Bitlocker encrypted drive.

Recover data from corrupted Bitlocker encrypted drive

Step 5: After the lost data is found, please select them and click "Recover" to save.

If some recovered files cannot be opened, please check "Enable brute-force decryption" option to recover these files again.

Step 6: Once all the data is recovered and can be opened, format the corrupted Bitlocker encrypted drive and then it will be working again.

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