Bitlocker Error – “The system cannot find the file specified”

Bitlocker is a useful tools to protect data by providing encryption for entire hard disk. As long as you are running Windows 7 and above, your computer is able to run this tool even though your windows edition is not Enterprise version. You can also tweak the policy to enable a pin(7-20 digit) or password request before your OS is booting up. Pin or Password is depend on the version on your windows.

But there are times, you try to run this tool and you met some issues and not able to encrypt your hard disk. One of the issue I’m posting here is an error shows “The system cannot find the file specified”. I try to google and look for resolution but I’m unable to find one. This solution is found by my senior technical staff. To resolve this issue is very simply.

1. Open Explorer
2. Go to C:\Windows\System32\Recovery
3. Rename REagent.xml to eg. REagent.old

Try to run bitlocker again to see if the issue is it resolved.


  1. muko

    It works, thank you!

  2. albajock1816

    Great post, I was having this issue on Windows 7 UEFI builds, was driving me crazy. This resolved the issue and saved my sanity, thanks!!

  3. Siquijorian Traveler (@colorbleuind)

    Still does not work. But wait let me restart my laptop and will be right back

  4. Siquijorian Traveler (@colorbleuind)

    Still did not work for me. any other tips please? 🙁

  5. CM

    It worked. Thanks so much!!

  6. grvranjan Ranjan

    Awesome. Nice post. Works perfectly. Thanks for the post. This resolution also works when you disable protection on the machine and try to enable it again and facing the same issue.


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