Does enabling Bitlocker affect Computer Bios/Uefi System Firmware Updates?


very_452001

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Hello,

I read on the Internet that enabling Bitlocker stops firmware updates for hardware in a computer system from being installed unless Bitocker is turned off.

Is this true?
 
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Windows 11 Pro

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Victus 15-fa1006na
Does this answer your question. Updating the BIOS on Dell Systems With BitLocker Enabled | Dell US

You have HP. Here's what they say.

Prepare your computer for the BIOS update​


To prevent possible problems, close any open applications, and temporarily disable antivirus software and BitLocker before updating the BIOS.

  1. Close any open applications.
  2. Temporarily disable your antivirus software. In Windows, search for and open Security and Maintenance settings, and then click Security to access virus protection settings.
  3. Temporarily disable BitLocker drive encryption. In Windows, search for and open Manage Bitlocker. Click Suspend protection, and then click Yes. Be prepared and have the BitLocker recovery key available.

    CAUTION:
    If BitLocker is not disabled, the next time you restart the computer the BitLocker key might not be recognized. If you do not know the BitLocker recovery key, you might lose data or need to reinstall Windows.
 
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Hello,

I read on the Internet that enabling Bitlocker stops firmware updates for hardware in a computer system from being installed unless Bitocker is turned off.

Is this true?
No it is not actually true but if you do not suspend bitlocker, you will need the recovery key next time you boot after the update. I have heard claims you need to enter every time thereafter but I cannot say for sure.

In the end you would have to turn bitlocker off and in again anyway.

To avoid hassle, suspending bitlocker though is advisable. This minimises risk of ending up with an unaccessible drive.

Keeping your recovery keys safe is really important, and best place is to store them on an MS account.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro + others in VHDs
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS Vivobook 14
    CPU
    I7
    Motherboard
    Yep, Laptop has one.
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated Intel Iris XE
    Sound Card
    Realtek built in
    Monitor(s) Displays
    N/A
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Optane NVME SSD, 1 TB NVME SSD
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    Yep, got one
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    Yep, got one
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    Edge mostly
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    Other Info
    TPM 2.0
Does this answer your question. Updating the BIOS on Dell Systems With BitLocker Enabled | Dell US

You have HP. Here's what they say.

Prepare your computer for the BIOS update​


To prevent possible problems, close any open applications, and temporarily disable antivirus software and BitLocker before updating the BIOS.

  1. Close any open applications.
  2. Temporarily disable your antivirus software. In Windows, search for and open Security and Maintenance settings, and then click Security to access virus protection settings.
  3. Temporarily disable BitLocker drive encryption. In Windows, search for and open Manage Bitlocker. Click Suspend protection, and then click Yes. Be prepared and have the BitLocker recovery key available.

    CAUTION:
    If BitLocker is not disabled, the next time you restart the computer the BitLocker key might not be recognized. If you do not know the BitLocker recovery key, you might lose data or need to reinstall Windows.

The circumstances are that I am using a modern Acer laptop that I bought recently and it has Windows 11 Pro. I noticed that Windows Update updated my Bios. To clarify does windows update manages Bios updates for Laptops automatically but not for Desktop PC's?

If that is the case where windows update manages Bios updates for my laptop automatically in the background and I turn on Bitlocker for my laptop then your telling me by doing this then I risk losing my data & reinstalling windows?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Victus 15-fa1006na
No it is not actually true but if you do not suspend bitlocker, you will need the recovery key next time you boot after the update. I have heard claims you need to enter every time thereafter but I cannot say for sure.

In the end you would have to turn bitlocker off and in again anyway.

To avoid hassle, suspending bitlocker though is advisable. This minimises risk of ending up with an unaccessible drive.

Keeping your recovery keys safe is really important, and best place is to store them on an MS account.

I thought Recovery Keys are only required if you have forgotten your password. To confirm I still need the recovery key whether I know the password or forgotten it?

Apart from Bios updates do you know what else does Bitlocker affects?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Victus 15-fa1006na
I have a Dell and use Bitlocker and always followed the correct procedure for updating firmware in the past. Never any issues.

I have also noticed Windows Update now carries these firmware updates as part of the normal updates cycle and these also update correctly with no manual intervention. If I recall the updates do suspend bitlocker (have a recollection of seeing that text flash up during the update) but it all happens seamlessly.

I would say if you are updating manually yourself then always suspend Bitlocker. It takes seconds to do and could save the day.
 

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  • OS
    W11 Pro x64 24H2 Dev
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    Dell 7760 Mobile Precision 17"
    CPU
    Intel i5
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    Unknown
    Memory
    8Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek
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    Internal
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    2 x 256Gb SSD
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    Dell 240 watt
    Mouse
    Dell Premier Bluetooth
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    50Mbps
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    Edge
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    Default Microsoft Security

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    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3880
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 nvme+256gb SKHynix m.2 nvme /External +512gb Samsung m.2 sata+1tb Kingston m2.nvme
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
I thought Recovery Keys are only required if you have forgotten your password. To confirm I still need the recovery key whether I know the password or forgotten it?

Apart from Bios updates do you know what else does Bitlocker affects?
As I said - if you do bios updates you will need the recovery key.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro + others in VHDs
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS Vivobook 14
    CPU
    I7
    Motherboard
    Yep, Laptop has one.
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated Intel Iris XE
    Sound Card
    Realtek built in
    Monitor(s) Displays
    N/A
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Optane NVME SSD, 1 TB NVME SSD
    PSU
    Yep, got one
    Case
    Yep, got one
    Cooling
    Stella Artois
    Keyboard
    Built in
    Mouse
    Bluetooth , wired
    Internet Speed
    72 Mb/s :-(
    Browser
    Edge mostly
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    TPM 2.0
My laptop has bitlocker turned on and I dont need to turn it off when it gets bios updates. It updates the bios like normal and nothing happens. no prompt for a key or anything.

Seems to vary on computer manufacturer. I noticed when bios updates are deployed through windows optional update it just works.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell G15 5525
    CPU
    Ryzen 7 6800H
    Memory
    32 GB DDR5 4800mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    RTX 3050 Mobile 4GB Vram
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Gigabyte M27Q (rev. 2.0) 2560 x 1440 @ 170hz HDR
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    Internal laptop screen: 1920 x 1080 @ 120hz
    Hard Drives
    2TB Solidigm™ P41 Plus nvme
    Internet Speed
    800mbps down, 20 up
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    Windows 11
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    Tablet
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    Lenovo ideapad flex 14API 2 in 1
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    Ryzen 5 3500u
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    LENOVO LNVNB161216 (FP5)
    Memory
    12GB DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics
    Hard Drives
    256 GB Samsung ssd nvme
My laptop has bitlocker turned on and I dont need to turn it off when it gets bios updates. It updates the bios like normal and nothing happens. no prompt for a key or anything.

Seems to vary on computer manufacturer. I noticed when bios updates are deployed through windows optional update it just works.
Same here with a Dell.

But good info to be aware in this thread.
 

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    Win11 Ver 23H2 22631.3810
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    Laptop
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    Dell
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    Intel i5
    Memory
    8gb
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    256gb
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    Windows Defender

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    HP Victus 15-fa1006na
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I consider my most valuable tweak to be getting rid of that darned new "select more options" right click context menu that drives me nuts. This gives back the context menu we've always known.

 

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    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 nvme+256gb SKHynix m.2 nvme /External +512gb Samsung m.2 sata+1tb Kingston m2.nvme
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium

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    Asus TUF Gaming Plus WiFi Z790
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