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How to change the BitLocker encryption PIN on Windows 7

Jeff Barkow -

Select Computer from your Start Menu (bottom left hand corner of your computer window)

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The following window will be displayed:

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Select the Local Disk (C:) using a single click of left button on your mouse

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Bring up the drive menu with a single click with the right button on your mouse and select "Manage BitLocker"

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On the following window, select "Reset the PIN"

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Enter you new PIN in the "PIN" and "Confirm PIN" fields.  Click on "Set PIN"

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IMPORTANT: It is extremely important to perform the following steps after performing a Reset Startup PIN (that is changing your BitLocker PIN).  You CANNOT use "Save the recovery key to a file"  option to save a BitLocker PIN on the same drive where you are performing this action.  The recommended choice is to select "Print the recovery key".

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CAUTION: Do not leave the USB Drive in the computer for which you have changed the BitLocker PIN.  This defeats the purpose of encrypting the drive.  

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After clicking on "Save", open the USB device and open the document in which was saved to your USB device.  And it should look as follows:

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If you wish to save your BitLocker Recovery key to a file, use the "Save the recovery key to a file" option and select the location where you want to save the file.  NOTE: You cannot save the BitLocker Recovery key to a file on the encrypted drive associated with the key you are trying to save.

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You should always use the "Print the recovery key" option and print a copy of the recovery key.  Keep this printed recovery key in a safe location and never adjacent to the computer.  Keeping the recovery key on printed paper along with the computer defeats the hard disk encryption.

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Click on Close to end the task of changing your BitLocker PIN.

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