I recently transitioned from an MSI G75 Titan gaming laptop (equipped with Core i9 and 1080 GTX) to an ROG Strix Scar 17, boasting a Ryzen 9 with a 3080 RTX. While the Titan remains powerful, especially after enhancing it with 6TBs of SSD and 64GB RAM, I opted to transform it into a dual-boot system, combining Windows for gaming and Linux for productivity.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to my experience, the challenges I encountered, and how I resolved the persistent BitLocker recovery screen problem when switching between the operating systems.
Setting Up the Dual-Boot System:
- I retained the existing Windows OS on the Titan.
- I installed Linux on another SSD, with Grub as the default bootloader.
- To avoid potential complications, I disabled BitLocker on Windows prior to the Linux installation and re-enabled it afterward.
Encountering the BitLocker Challenge:
Upon launching Windows after installing Linux, I was confronted by the BitLocker recovery screen. Various attempts to rectify this, from disabling secure boot to adjusting SSD boot priorities, proved futile.
Exploring Solutions Online:
Online tech communities offered a plethora of potential fixes. One widely acknowledged solution recommended suspending BitLocker management on Windows. While it worked temporarily, it was a short-lived success.
An accidental discovery led to a temporary fix: bypassing Grub by pressing the Escape key and typing “exit”, which would then activate the Windows bootloader. Though effective, it was hardly an efficient long-term solution.
The Permanent Fix: Modifying Grub Config
Grub Customizerfrom Ubuntu Software.
- Open it and select the Windows entry and select the Modify option.
- Simply enter
exit 0above the rest of the code.
- At this point you can also do some housekeeping. I changed the needlessly long title to just “Windows” and I moved it to just below “Ubuntu”, above the debugging options. You may want to refactor out the pointless conditonal as well but I didn’t bother as this code will no longer be executed anyway.
- Hit save.
exit 0 insmod part_gpt insmod fat if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 20CE-363B else search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 20CE-363B fi chainloader /efi/Microsoft/Boot/bootmgfw.efi
As an aside, I have no idea why there’s a conditional in here that just ends up running the exact same code in either case. It doesn’t inspire a whole lot of confidence in the rest of the code but I digress.
Anyway, after these steps, switching to Windows from Grub should consistently boot without the BitLocker recovery screen popping up.