Microsoft BitLocker Disk Encryption goes to Sleep on the Job
By Anirudh Madhav

First reported three months ago, Microsoft’s BitLocker disk encryption technology continues to (absurdly) turn itself off during security updates. Initially spotted by user “kingcr” on Microsoft’s technet forums, it was reported in June that Microsoft’s BitLocker automatically suspended after a security patch was applied. (The system was restarted after the patch had been installed.) The glitch may be occurring due to a couple of reasons. Feature upgrades, are not like cumulative updates. These updates had always halted BitLocker. Following the release of Windows 10 v1803 at the start of May, there has been the option (albeit in certain circumstances) to let BitLocker run uninterrupted even when such feature upgrades are being installed.

Kingcr, however, documented extensively on the forum that his machine had stopped BitLocker even during cumulative updates, and he continued to face the issue even after a clean install of the software. BitLocker is the Redmond company’s full disk encryption software bundled with Windows right from the times of Windows Vista. In response to the glitch, Microsoft stated that they were “working on the matter”.

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