BitLocker Drive Encryption
Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista
BitLocker Drive Encryption allows you to encrypt all data stored on the Windows operating system volume and configured data volumes, and by using a Trusted Platform Module (TPM), it can also help ensure the integrity of early startup components. BitLocker was first introduced with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 and subsequently updated with the release of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
For answers to commonly asked questions about BitLocker in Windows 7, see BitLocker Drive Encryption in Windows 7: Frequently Asked Questions. If you are troubleshooting error or event messages related to BitLocker, see BitLocker Drive Encryption Events and Errors to help you diagnose and resolve BitLocker issues.
The following table identifies the core documentation available for each version.
|Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
|Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008
Design and Deployment
Videos and Webcasts
Shows how organizations can use BitLocker recovery information saved in AD DS to access BitLocker-protected data.
A list of terms and acronyms related to BitLocker.
The Trusted Computing Group (TCG) defines the specification for the TPM, a security component used by BitLocker.
This white paper discusses how original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and independent hardware vendors (IHVs) can develop preboot authentication extensions for BitLocker in Windows Vista.