Editing Boot-time Prompt for Password


When the user encrypts System/Boot volume, BestCrypt Volume Encryption configures computer to run special program at boot time before Windows starts to load. It is necessary because Windows must load its system modules from encrypted volume and if the data is not transparently decrypted at that moment, Windows will not be able to start.

BestCrypt Volume Encryption boot-time module cannot transparently decrypt data if the user does not enter a proper password for System/Boot volume. The boot-time module asks the user to enter password in a simple way by displaying Enter password > prompt. Any graphics and pictures are avoided to make computer advertising its boot protection as less as possible.

Anyone can turn on computer with System/Boot volume encrypted and the Enter password > text with name of program requiring the password arouses unnecessary curiosity. BestCrypt Volume Encryption provides a way to customize Boot-time Prompt for Password so that the text appeared when computer boots may serve at least several purposes:

Althought BestCrypt Volume Encryption allows creating your own Boot-time Prompt themes, note that it requires the texts be entered using English letters. Fonts for all languages are not supported at boot time and English letters are chosen to avoid appearing of not-readable texts.


To create your own Boot-time Password Prompt Theme, run the Options->Boot-time prompt for password command. The following window illustrates creating/editing Ali-Baba Theme to use instead of formal default password prompt.

Boot-time prompt text

To use existing Theme check Existing Themes radio button and select the theme from the list. You will see preview of the theme text in Passphrase Prompt edit window. Edit box Display the text if passphrase is invalid contains text that will appear on monitor only if the user enters incorrect password.

To create your own Theme check New Theme radio button. The program leaves text of the last existing theme you looked at in edit boxes, hence, you can create new theme based on text of existing theme.

BestCrypt Volume Encryption allows creating themes so that password typing at boot time is not reflected by appeared star characters (*). When you edit new theme, enter symbol & in the Passphrase Prompt edit window where string *********, which reflects password typing should appear. If you do not enter & symbol anywhere in the edit box, password typing will not be reflected.

To delete existing theme select it in the Existing Themes list and click Delete Theme .

To save new theme click Save Theme.

Click Use Theme if you want to use new theme or selected existing theme at boot time. Note that the button is not enabled if neither System nor Boot volume is encrypted, because in this case password is not required to boot up operating system.

Finally, after creating our Ali-Baba Theme we reboot computer and get the following text appeared at boot time (invalid password has been entered):

Boot-time prompt text


Note that only Administrators can run the Boot-time prompt for password command. Regular users are not able to view or edit current Boot-time Password Prompt theme.



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