How do I decrypt a Legacy BIOS Workstation that is unable to boot Windows?
To decrypt a Managed Legacy BIOS Workstation, you must boot the Workstation using Ubuntu 18.04 and follow the instructions below to decrypt the disk(s).
In order to decrypt the Workstation, you will need the following:
If the data on the Workstation is important, ensure a full sector-by-sector backup of the existing hard drive(s) has been taken before attempting recovery.
Obtaining the Ubuntu ISO
The following instructions provide a way to use the 64-bit version of Ubuntu and run the Recovery tool. As this is a Live CD environment, you will need to perform these instructions again if you need to reboot at all.
You will need to download the following Ubuntu ISO: http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/releases/bionic/ubuntu-18.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso
Please note, the instructions below may not work on other versions of Ubuntu or other flavours of Linux.
Creating a bootable Ubuntu USB device
Please follow the link below which outlines the process of running Ubuntu from a USB memory stick.
Booting Ubuntu on the Workstation
You will now need to boot from the USB stick, this may require you to change the Boot settings in the BIOS. On some devices, you may be required to hold down keys or buttons to access the BIOS. You should consult the devices instruction manual or manufacturers website. If your system contains hardware devices, such as WiFi or Ethernet adapters, that are not supported by this version of Ubuntu, then you may need to find alternative hardware that is supported.
Ensuring the USB device is connected to the machine, turn the machine on and, depending on the make/model, hold the correct key combination to access the boot menu. Select the USB device from the list to boot from it.
When Ubuntu first boots, choose Try Ubuntu without installing as shown below
Starting the recovery process in Ubuntu
Once at the Ubuntu Desktop, ensure your keyboard and mouse work correctly.
If necessary, connect to a WiFi network using the WiFi (fan shaped) icon near the top right corner of the screen.
Next, either press Ctrl+Alt+T to launch a Terminal window, or click the Ubuntu icon in the top left corner
Then in the Search box that appears, type term and press Return
In the Terminal window, type wget http://download.deslock.com/download/recovery/rec.sh and press Return
ubuntu@ubuntu : ~ $ wget http://download.deslock.com/download/recovery/rec.sh
This will download a script file, displaying output similar to to the image below:
Resolving download.deslock.com (download.deslock.com)... 184.108.40.206
Connecting to download.deslock.com (download.deslock.com)|220.127.116.11|:80...
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 1321 (1.3K) [application/x-sh]
Saving to: 'rec.sh'
rec.sh 100%[=====================>] 1.29K --.-KB/s in 0s
2019-01-01 00:00:00 (91.1 MB/s) - 'rec.sh' saved [1321/1321]
Next, type bash rec.sh and press Return
ubuntu@ubuntu : ~ $ bash rec.sh
The script will display the following text, followed by a lot of output as it downloads, installs and sets up required components:
Downloading ESET Endpoint Encryption Recovery Tool
Downloaded file appears correct
Adding 32-bit Support
Updating Software DB
Once complete, you should see the following:
Soft Linking libparted
Download script complete. Please continue following the KB article.
Now we can run the Recovery Tool.
Type sudo ./dlprecovery -s and press Return
ubuntu@ubuntu : ~ $ sudo ./dlprecovery -s
If everything was installed correctly, the recovery tool will run and you will see the following:
ESET Endpoint Encryption FDE Recovery Tool
Version 1.10.0 (Build 42)
Copyright (c) ESET, spol. s r.o.
This software is bound by the standard Licence Agreement terms
Press Return to continue
From here, follow the on-screen instructions to decrypt the Workstation.