The latest VeraCrypt Final/Beta seems to have some troubles with latest Windows changes, which means the pretest fails. This test is needed to verify if your HDD/SSD can be proper encrypted before the actual process really starts to avoid running into problems.
The guide is a workaround however this needs to be fixed within VeraCrypt with the next final version.
Once you installed VeraCrypt Final / Nightly you might want to start the full disk-encryption (FDE) to encrypt the whole OS partition/drive, you start the setup and do everything what you get asked for – The system shutdowns , yep no reboot! – it shutdown, bad signal already! Okay so you power on your machine and you won’t see any input field to type in your password, Windows just boots or you see a error which says that the authentification failed. Well, you just boot into Windows but nothing got encrypted and you see the error (see picture above). That’s bad and it sucks!
- If you tell the VeraCrypt wizard to go ahead and skip the pretest and take a look into the EFI filesystem you will notice that there is no EFI/VeraCrypt folder! That’s the real issue here. Sadly I could’t find what is causing it.
- After the first reboot with no password prompt (as explained in the above scenario), VeraCrypt says that the pre-test failed, however at this moment you can see that the EFI/VeraCrypt partition was created. Go ahead and tell the VeraCrypt wizard that you want to try it again but hold on with the reboot and follow with these steps manually:
- Copy the file:
- Copy and replace
EFI\VeraCrypt\DcsPropand put the key within the configuration:
<config key="ActionSuccess">postexec file(EFI\Microsoft\Boot\bootmgfw_ms.efi)</config>
- After the reboot you finally can enter your password and VeraCrypt finally says that the pretest is okay.
- Copy the file:
I took me one day to figure it out. The issue is already reported on GitHub with similar or exactly the same symptoms.
I hope this gets fixed because as of right now no version – no matter FInal or Beta- seems to have a solution for this.
Stay secure friends! 🕵🏻
- Pretest fails on win10 (github.com)
System encryption pretest fails on win10 (github.com)
Win10 UEFI PreBoot-Auth fails always (github.com)