Jan
12
2012

How to Start in Safe Mode using BitLocker

Here are the steps you need to take if you need to start your Windows OS in "Safe Mode" when the drive is protected with BitLocker.
  • First, be sure you have your BitLocker recovery key handy. This is NOT your PIN. This is a LONG series of numbers.
  • Before the screen appears prompting for the BitLocker PIN, press [F8] (maybe repeatedly).
  • If you pressed [F8] early enough, you will get a warning message as seen here:
  • After supplying the BitLocker recovery key, you will be prompted with booting options, including the various safe modes.
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