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BitLocker Recovery Key

I came across an issue on a laptop after a motherboard replacement where BitLocker would ask for the recovery key on every single reboot. I troubleshot and verified the usual suspects like Secure Boot and TPM being turned off, tried a few posts online, but nothing would fix the issue.

I did some more digging and came up with the following solution. This has been tested and works with Windows 10/11.

In the Windows Settings app, search for and open Manage BitLocker.

In the BitLocker Drive Encryption window, click on Suspend Protection and then Yes on the popup.

Open a command prompt (Windows Terminal, PowerShell, or CMD will work) as admin and enter the following commands:

manage-bde -protectors -disable C:
manage-bde -protectors -enable C:

Once both commands finish, go back to the BitLocker Drive Encryption window and click on Resume Protection

Reboot the computer and you should be good to go!

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