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KB #240095: User not being prompted to enter key when SQL starts
|Even though “??” was specified as the key when building the security profile, SQL hangs at startup and user is not presented with a key entry dialog.
|If you have specified ?? (two question marks) as a key when creating the security profile, the user is prompted with a dialog at SQL Startup to enter the key value. In Windows 2008 R2 and later you need to have Windows’ “Interactive Services Detection” Service running in order to interact with a Service from the Desktop:
To start this Service:
If functioning properly, when starting SQL next time you will see an icon flashing on the Task Bar prompting you to interact with a Service.