PowerTip: Use PowerShell to Get BitLocker Recovery Key

PowerTip: Use PowerShell to Get BitLocker Recovery Key

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Summary: Use Windows PowerShell to get the BitLocker recovery key.

Hey, Scripting Guy! Question How can I quickly find my BitLocker recovery key?

Hey, Scripting Guy! Answer Jason Walker, Microsoft PFE, says:

From an elevated Windows PowerShell console, use the Get-BitlockerVolume function, select -MountPoint C, and choose the KeyProtector property:

(Get-BitLockerVolume -MountPoint C).KeyProtector

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  • Windows 2012 or later only.

  • @JRV you are right, this requires Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8 (or above). It also requires that PowerShell be started with admin rights. Thanks for pointing this out.

  • In Windows 7 and Windows Vista, it looks like you can get at the same information through the "Win32_EncryptableVolume" class in the "root\cimv2\Security\MicrosoftVolumeEncryption" namespace, but the code is not nearly as user-friendly as the new cmdlets in Windows 8.