locked Re: Does turning-on "BitLocker" cause any accessibility issues?
Richard B. McDonald
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Thanks for your below. So, I understand from your below that the BitLocker dialogue appears only upon a “cold” power-on action, not a “warm” restart. That is good news for me since I rarely turn-off my PC. One more thing about your below, when you say that you have to enter your “BitLocker” password is that the same as your standard Windows sign-in password entered normally from the Windows sign-in screen? Of course, here I am not speaking of the “64 digit recovery password” needed when you fail at a logon after three attempts.
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Subject: Re: [nvda] Does turning-on "BitLocker" cause any accessibility issues?
I used to get the BitLocker dialog after an actual cold start by pressing the power button.
As I remember, you were given three chances to get your BitLocker password correct. After your third attempt, another dialog appeared asking you to enter a 64-digit recovery password which was given you when BitLocker was originally installed. Please note that this dialog is also completely inaccessible.
If that is not successful, you have to purchase a new hard drive.
Interesting. When you say “power on,” does that mean 1) from a restart a.k.a. “soft boot” or 2) an actual cold start by pressing the power button a.k.a. “hard boot” - or both?
I last used bitLocker in 2015. At that time, bitLocker would ask the sighted for a power on password. This dialog was completely inaccessible to the blind. After about 30 seconds, I would enter my bitLocker power-on password and hope that the dialog box was open. (Note if the computer was doing updates, then this strategy would fail.) If I entered an incorrect password, the resulting error dialog was also in accessible. After waiting ten minutes or so, if the computer had not reached the Microsoft account login keyword, I would reboot the machine and try again. Usually I would find a kind sighted person to help me turn on my computer. I had to get a sighted person to turn on my computer about 50% of the time. Microsoft said that they could not make the Bit Locker dialog accessible because Bit Locker runs early in the power-on cycle.
Note, using bitLocker was my employer’s requirement.
BitLocker encrypts your hard drive and is probably a good idea.
I would be interested if there has been any bitLocker progress since 2015.
I have a PC running Windows 10 Pro 64-bit and NVDA 2020.4. Soon, I will turn-on BitLocker. Will doing so trigger any accessibility issues?