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I just upgraded to Windows 8.1 Pro because I want an additional layer of security in case my laptop (and research) gets stolen. Didn't knew about the TPM, and seems I don't have it (I have an ASUS N550JV). So for what I read I need an USB pen drive plugged into the computer EVERY time it starts up. I can deal with that. Question is: after the computer starts, can I safely remove the USB drive, or does it need to be all the time there, consuming an USB port? Thanks for the help.

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After further reading I undertand that the USB drive is just for recovery purposes. No need to be attached during startup.

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  • Ok i have to wait 10 hours – BMM Jan 29 '15 at 23:37

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