Turning on BitLocker on my laptop

So I decided to test BitLocker on my laptop. Here is what happened.

First you need to have the correct partition layout; one 1,5 GB unencrypted system partition to store the boot manager and the Boot Configuration Database (BCD). The BitLocker Drive Preparation Tool does this for you, BDPT is documented in KB933246.

BDPT did not work on my system initially because of a hidden EISA Configuration partition courtesy of Lenovo. So that had to go first. The EISA partition could not be deleted from Disk Management so I had to use the delete partition override command in diskpart to get rid of it. The EISA partition was 5GB, but I only neede 1,5 GB, so I extended the C: drive until only 1,5 GB free space remained. The I tried the BitLocker Drive Preparation Tool again:


Figure 1 Warning screen


Figure 2 Creating new partition


Figure 3 Moving the boot manager and BCD to the new partition


Figure 4 Process complete


Figure 5 Restart message

Meeting Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer (CEO of Microsoft for all you people who have been living under a rock for the last 20 years) visited Oslo on the 30th of September and I was lucky enough to meet him and take part in a quick photo shoot. (I’m number three from the left on the back row.)


Steve gave a 40 minute talk which was quite interesting. You can see the entire talk on YouTube here:

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1VKQIjsvpQ
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QACnK1AucTY
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hs4sASuPQpQ
Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y1OeXTs2zM

You can read more about Steve here:

Wonder if I will ever meet Bill Gates?