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Requirements for VeraCrypt

Topics: Technical Issues
Mar 16, 2017 at 2:06 AM
Edited Mar 22, 2017 at 10:08 PM
I've read many threads in this forum, but it's not clear to me yet... as I have been unable to encrypt my hard disk.
What are the requirements for Full Disk Encryption with VeraCrypt 1.19 on Windows 10 Home?
The following options appear grayed out in the VeraCrypt wizard dialogs: "Hidden", "Encrypt the whole drive", "Multi-boot"
My target is a new HP notebook which has, among others, the following BIOS/UEFI options listed...
Which ones should be set?
  • TPM Device (availabe/hidden)
  • TPM State (enabled/disabled)
  • Legacy Support (disabled/enabled)
  • Secure Boot (disabled/enabled)
  • UEFI Boot Order
  • Legay Boot Order
Mar 22, 2017 at 10:08 PM
Also, I found that the hard disk is partitioned into:
EFI system
Windows C:
Recovery D:
Mar 22, 2017 at 10:12 PM
Edited Mar 22, 2017 at 10:14 PM
I have been reading other threads and found that VeraCrypt 1.19 doesn't support UEFI, so I won't be able to use full disk encryption.
So, I will go for Windows partition encryption.
There I found that I have to disable "Secure Boot" to allow VeraCrypt to do authentication and then encrypt the Windows partition.
Mar 23, 2017 at 1:52 PM
Edited Mar 23, 2017 at 1:54 PM
There is no simple way to encrypt full disk from GUI in EFI.

It is possible to encrypt full disk or hidden os via rescue disk with EFI shell. It requires step with reconfiguration of header after test procedure.
Mar 25, 2017 at 12:47 AM
I gave up on full disk encryption.
I went for Windows partition encryption, but it went terribly bad.
The pretest went fine so I went ahead and launched encryption, and as the instructions allowed, I rebooted my computer when encryption showed around 3% progress.
The notebook then went into the diagnose/repair/reboot cycle described in many threads in this forum.
I then used the USB EFI image to decrypt and restore Windows, however it still goes into the diagnose/repair/reboot cycle.

How can I know if decryption has been completed and Veracrypt loader removed?
I will open a new thread for this problem.
Apr 6, 2017 at 2:11 AM
I had to restore my Windows installation.

So I go back to my original question.
What are the requirements for Veracrypt... for Windows partition encryption?
TPM... Secure Boot... Legacy Support... UEFI... and so on.

Anyone with experience in HP notebooks who can provide some light?
Thanks in advance.