Windows 8.1 HD encryption

Hi,

I have a few Windows 8.1 in our Office and i would like to encrypt all Laptops using bitlocker option that comes with Windows  8.1.

Can you tell me what is the best option to do that and how can I be more organised with?

Please advice
mallonyIT TechnicianAsked:
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Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
Here is how to turn on BitLocker

Open BitLocker Drive Encryption by swiping in from the right edge of the screen, tapping Search (or if you're using a mouse, pointing to the upper-right corner of the screen, moving the mouse pointer down, and then clicking Search), entering BitLocker in the search box, tapping or clicking Settings, and then tapping or clicking BitLocker Drive Encryption.


2.Tap or click Turn on BitLocker. Administrator permission required You might be asked for an admin password or to confirm your choice.

The BitLocker Drive Encryption setup dialog box opens.


3.Follow the instructions.

Found here.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/bitlocker-drive-encryption

I'm not sure what you mean organized.  If you want to have as little impact on your uses, either begin the process when they are going to lunch or leaving for the day.

It does take a while to BitLock the drive, and the time it takes will depend on the size of the drive, the larger the drive the more time it will take.

Here is another article that gives some nice screen shots of the process.

http://www.howtogeek.com/192894/how-to-set-up-bitlocker-encryption-on-windows/
Maidine FouadEngineerCommented:
One more thing to Add :

Encryption will usually take 2 - 6 hours Depending on the hard drive size / speed

Perhaps you can use A Wmi Or Power Shell script to automate the process , if thats what you wanted to say by "organzied"?
Andy MIT Systems ManagerCommented:
It also depends on your systems. Bitlocker can work via:

1. If the system has a TPM chip it can use that.
2. If the system has no TPM chip then you will either need a USB key or password to boot the device up.

Activating bitlocker is quite easy as noted above. As for getting organised, there's not much to really organise - I suppose ensuring you have a central secure location where you can store the recovery keys and TPM/Logon passwords would be as much organisation as you may need.

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