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Article ID: 970401 - Last Review: October 14, 2009 - Revision: 1.1

INTRODUCTION

BitLocker To Go Reader (bitlockertogo.exe) is an application that enables you to access the BitLocker-protected drives. When you use BitLocker To Go Reader in Windows Vista and in Windows XP, you can open and view the content of the BitLocker-protected drives that are encrypted in Windows 7. By default, BitLocker To Go Reader is stored on an un-encrypted part of removable drives that are protected with BitLocker.

Users and IT administrators may want to use a local, trusted copy of the application. Therefore, BitLocker To Go Reader is being released as an Out of Band (OOB) application for Windows Vista and for Windows XP. To download a copy of BitLocker To Go Reader, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=64851943-78c9-4cd4-8e8d-f551f06f6b3d (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=64851943-78c9-4cd4-8e8d-f551f06f6b3d)

MORE INFORMATION

To use BitLocker To Go Reader on a computer that is running Windows XP or Windows Vista, your BitLocker-protected removable drive must be formatted by using the exFAT, FAT16, or FAT32 file system. If the drive is NTFS formatted, it can only be unlocked on a computer that is running Windows 7.

For more information about BitLocker To Go Reader, please visit the following Microsoft Web sites:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/what-is-the-bitlocker-to-go-reader (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/what-is-the-bitlocker-to-go-reader)

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd571075(WS.10).aspx (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd571075(WS.10).aspx)

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