View Your Windows 8 BitLocker Recovery Key in Your Microsoft Account

One of the new features in Windows 8 for BitLocker is the ability to backup your BitLocker recovery key to a Microsoft account. During the process before encryption begins, a user is prompted for a location to make a backup copy of the recovery key. Save to your Microsoft account has been added along with save to a file and print the recovery key.

The feature even extends to fixed data drives and removable drives!

This feature is a great addition for computers that are not domain joined… especially if you’ve ever been prompted for a recovery key while you’re away from home. I can’t begin to stress enough how important it is to have a copy of your recovery key. In addition to saving it to your Microsoft account, I highly recommend making at least one additional copy somewhere safe. (And by somewhere safe, I mean nowhere near the computer if it is a physical copy. It doesn’t do much good to encrypt a drive if you’re going to have a copy of the recovery key sitting nearby.) If you lose the recovery key and your computer starts prompting for it, you will be unable to access your data unless you can find the key or can recover a backup.

So, now that you’ve saved your BitLocker recovery key to your Microsoft account, how do you access it? Actually, it is pretty simple! Simply go to http://onedrive.live.com/RecoveryKey and log in with your Microsoft account.

To make the process more secure, a code will be generated and emailed to the email address associated with your Microsoft account. Enter this code and click Submit.

Here’s an example from a laptop that had the operating system drive, a fixed data drive, and a removable drive encrypted. As you can see, all three BitLocker recovery keys are stored in the Microsoft account. Pretty cool, huh?

15 thoughts on “View Your Windows 8 BitLocker Recovery Key in Your Microsoft Account

  1. chrisreboot May 8, 2013 / 9:39 AM

    Thanks Kyle, just what I needed. Hero of the hour!

  2. avash October 1, 2013 / 9:54 PM

    help me to find my bit locker recovery key

    • Kyle Beckman October 2, 2013 / 12:03 PM

      When you encrypted the volume, you would have been prompted to save your recovery key either to external media, printer, or your Microsoft Account. You’ll need to remember where you put the file or piece of paper if you didn’t save it to your online account.

  3. tarun bhasker October 11, 2013 / 3:00 AM

    how i can find my recovery key for unlock bit-lock

    • Kyle Beckman October 11, 2013 / 7:50 AM

      As was stated in a previous comment: when you encrypted the volume, you would have been prompted to save your recovery key either to external media, printer, or your Microsoft Account. You’ll need to remember where you put the file or piece of paper if you didn’t save it to your online account. Any future comments without additional information (e.g. OS version, how you backed up your key, etc.) on this post will be deleted.

  4. Abdulsaboor mohmand April 2, 2014 / 7:36 AM

    Hi dear friends I have a key ID(ex:xxxxx) how can i find the bitlocker recovery key
    please help me.

    • Kyle Beckman April 2, 2014 / 8:38 AM

      When you encrypted your drive, you were prompted for a location to save your recovery key. What option did you choose? If you’re running Windows 8+, you can use the tutorial above to view the recovery key if it was saved to your Microsoft Account. Your other options would have been network, external storage, or a printed copy. You’ll need to find the file that was saved or your paper copy.

      • bk May 23, 2016 / 4:21 AM

        i formatted my pc now it it is asking rcovery key to my external hard disk i have recovery id but don’t have recovery key please help me to get back my data in that

        • Kyle Beckman May 23, 2016 / 7:08 AM

          And did you go to the link and see if your recovery key is there? If it isn’t, you’ll have to find the text file that was saved when you encrypted your drive or you’ll be recovering from backup.

  5. saeed December 27, 2014 / 7:47 AM

    hi
    i lost my recovery key.i cant
    help me pls

    • Kyle Beckman December 29, 2014 / 12:39 PM

      You’ll need one of the copies that was generated when you encrypted the volume with BitLocker. You would have been able to create a paper copy, a text file saved to external media, saved to Active Directory (if it was domain-joined with a supported AD config), or saved to your Microsoft Account. If you’ve lost it, you’ll have to re-install Windows and recover your files from backup.

  6. shine January 6, 2016 / 9:16 PM

    hi…. can you help me ….. i want to get my recovery key but i don’t no how to get it… when me on my computer from start it want me to put recovery key … what should i do…..

    • Kyle Beckman January 15, 2016 / 6:58 PM

      This article shows how to pull the recovery key… that is unless you stored it on external media or printed a copy. If you didn’t save it to your Microsoft Account, you’ll have to find it or re-image the box.

  7. abdulkerim May 6, 2017 / 3:03 PM

    i have key ID =3EC50342 but i lost recovery key of HP window 8.1 please help me
    how can i get recovery key?

  8. chinar May 22, 2017 / 5:28 PM

    HY I HAVE MY REVCOVERY KEY BUT IT SAYS IT DOES NOT MATCH
    ITS NO OPENING THE DRIVE

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