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HP Elitebook x360 not Starting with McAfee Drive Encryption

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HP Elitebook x360
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hi community

i recently got a Elitebook x360. because of security policies McAfee Drive Encryption needs to be installed (company policy).

however, the issue is, when i put in my credentials in McAfee and try to log in the screen turns black and Windows doesn't boot up. it just stays black. the notebook is still running, but that's it.

 

i've turned of Fast Boot in BIOS, i just updated BIOS today with the last v. 1.06

i've also been in contact with HP support, unfortunatley the just pointed to the BIOS update and closed the ticket.

 

i've been browsing trough the McAfee KB looking for same issues but could not find any related to that.

 

is anyone out there running the Elitebook x360 with McAfee Drive Encryption successfully or had the same issue with other devices and maybe some ideas?

 

thanks

 

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Hello @Elm0

 

Welcome to the HP Support forum.

 

The issue you now have is probably caused because McAfee's PreBoot File System (PBFS) got corrupted. PBFS is stored on the HDD's Master Boot Record (MBR). This happens often with McAfee.

 

 

Some general tips you need to follow with regards to McAfee DE and Windows:

- Windows 10 needs to be deployed with Secure Boot OFF and Legacy mode ON - settings in the BIOS

- Ensure BIOS is updated to the latest version

 

Ensure McAfee DE is the latest version installed to support latest Win 10 features.

 

 

 

You need to contact your security administrator(s) and work with them to perform Emergency Boot > https://kc.mcafee.com/corporate/index?page=content&id=KB71868

 

Emergency boot is performed using XML file from the McAfee's ePO console and using DETech disc.

Emergency boot basically places Windows MBR, boots to Windows desktop. McAfee Agent communicates with the ePO, notifies the ePO about the Windows MBR , not McAfee MBR and eventually replaces and repairs the boot data/PBFS/MBR

 

If Emergency boot does not work, PC needs to be reimaged.

 

For further steps, get in touch with the company's security admins, disable McAfee PBA screen or get in touch with McAfee Technical support > https://support.mcafee.com/ServicePortal/faces/wcnav_defaultSelection?_afrLoop=1571452459502000&_afr...

 

If your company policy requires PBA screen (preboot authentication) but McAfee PBA is set to disabled by policy, you can enable BIOS start up password for enhanced security.

 

 

Hope this answers your queries

 

 

 

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thanks @

 

i will pass this to the admin and see what he will get back to me with.

 

i will report here again

 

BR,

E.

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