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Can a Windows 7 WSUS update cause prompt for bitlocker recovery key

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Hi Experts,
Requiring your advise, running with Windows 7 x64 Ultimate in our environment, and we encrypting HDD's using bitlocker, recently some desktop machines built using SCCM is prompting for a bitlocker recovery key post installation,
Our build process involves deployment of image using SCCM 2012, post build the HDD encrypts and windows updates get's applied to workstations via WSUS, a claim was made that a recent Microsoft update has caused this behaviour (IE: prompt for bit locker recovery key)
our WSUS is only configured to download critical OS and Office updates, nothing hardware specific,
In your expert opinion, do u think this behaviour could have been triggered by a windows update?
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by:McKnife
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Hi.

No, I am sure it won't have been a windows update. Our whole network is bitlocked for more than half a year now and we install updates on all machines as soon as they come out. Never did it happen.

Whenever I have seen that (yes I have, but it was with vista many years ago), it turned out to have been something else, mostly people having played with BIOS settings - the TPM chip does not like that.
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by:craigleenz
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Thanks,the articles I come across also doesn't seem to indicate it's an windows update, but I guess I'd need to something that definitivevely rules this out as the cause
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Ok, would it be enough to rule it out theoretically?
Because there's a list that shows what triggers the recovery key prompt.
http://blogs.technet.com/b/askcore/archive/2010/08/04/issues-resulting-in-bitlocker-recovery-mode-and-their-resolution.aspx
Updates are nowhere to be seen...but in the question at the very end. ;-)
More here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831507.aspx
"What causes BitLocker to start into recovery mode when attempting to start the operating system drive?"
many hints.

Another hint is this: if you use a tpm, the TPM monitors some things. If one of those is changed, the recovery password is being asked for. Those so-called PCRs are listed here: http://technet.microsoft.com/de-de/library/ee706521(v=ws.10).aspx (search for pcr inside that website).

No, definitely not updates.
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by:craigleenz
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thanks
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