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Is Windows 7 Bitlocker FIPS 140-2 Approved?

Is Windows 7 Bitlocker FIPS 140-2 Approved?

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Q: (from Josh)

I need a little help researching a topic and I’m hoping you can get me started. I need to know if Windows 7 Bit-locker encryption is NIST Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 approved? I have a non-profit that will need to comply with some pending Department of Justice regulations.

Any advice as to where to start?




I went straight to NIST and searched for “Windows 7” FIPS and found the following NIST reference: http://csrc.nist.gov/groups/STM/cmvp/documents/140-1/1401val2010.htm#1332

which appears to confirm FIPS 140-2 certification.

SDeming Face Steve


  • Bitlocker is only FIPS 140-2 compliant if the correct registry key is set (or set via Group Policy) which requires setting before encrytping and the recovery process is as defined

  • sorry went to NIST site steve mentioned, Microsoft bit locker not listed as a product, other vendors on windows 7 yest but not bitlocker, can you mabe post the correct link?

  • This link to a PDF seems to confirm:


  • Here's a good read from Microsoft on the subject as well...



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