Certain versions of Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, and Windows 11 come with the full-disk encryption functionality known as BitLocke
A BitLocker recovery key, also known as a Microsoft recovery key or a Windows recovery key, is a unique key that was created automatically when BitLocker drive encryption was configured on the particular drive.
BitLocker is a feature of Windows that encrypts your drive and requires one or more authentication methods in order to decrypt it, protecting your data from illegal access.
BitLocker often starts securing your device in one of three ways
1. Your device is modern and meets the requirements listed below to automatically activate device encryption: Your BitLocker recovery key is automatically saved to your Microsoft account in this case before protection is enabled.
2.The owner or administrator of your personal device turned on BitLocker via the Control Panel or Settings app (also known as device
3.. BitLocker security was activated on your device (now or in the past) by the work or educational institution that manages it. In this case, your recovery key may be stored by your organization.
When you set up Microsoft's BitLocker drive encryption, you are always required to save a BitLocker recovery key.
You might have printed the recovery key, saved it on a USB device, copied it to a file, or stored it on the web with a Microsoft account.
Hence, there are several techniques to locate the recovery key. You can find the recovery key in one of the following destinations:
1. Microsoft account 2. USB flash drive 3. Text file 4. Active Directory 5. Azure Active Directory 6. Document