3 ways to turn off BitLocker

3 ways to turn off BitLocker
3 ways to turn off BitLocker
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You can turn off BitLocker, which is Windows' encryption system. BitLocker is a feature included in most editions of Windows 10 Professional, Education, and Enterprise. If you cannot decrypt your hard drive in order to deactivate BitLocker, then you will need to use the BitLocker recovery key to unlock your hard drive before you deactivate BitLocker.

Steps

Method 1 of 3: Turn off BitLocker in Windows settings

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Step 1. Click Start

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Click on the Windows logo at the bottom left of your screen. This will open the Start menu.

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Step 2. Open Settings

Windowssettings

Click on the gear icon, it's located in the lower left corner of the Start menu. The Settings window will then appear.

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Step 3. Click System

This is the icon that represents a computer at the top of the Settings window.

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Step 4. Click the Device Encryption tab

It is located in the left column of the System window.

  • If you don't see the tab Device encryption, click on In regards to in the lower left corner of the window and look for the header Device encryption. If that doesn't work, then your computer is not benefiting from the BitLocker functionality.
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Step 5. Click Deactivate

The button is in the middle of the window.

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Step 6. Turn off BitLocker

Click on Disable BitLocker when prompted. After doing this, BitLocker will start to decrypt your hard drive. The operation may take several hours.

You may be asked to enter your Administrator password or PIN before you turn off BitLocker

Method 2 of 3: Use the control panel

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Step 1. Open the Start menu

Windowsstart

Click on the Windows logo located at the bottom left of your screen. This will open the Start menu.

  • If you are on Windows 7, click on the colored icon

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Step 2. Search for BitLocker

To do this, type BitLocker. The list of search results will appear in the Start menu.

In Windows 7, you will first need to click in the search bar at the bottom of the Start menu

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Step 3. Click Manage BitLocker

The button should be at the top of the Start menu. This will open the Control Panel window.

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Step 4. Select the hard drive

Scroll down until you find the hard drive for which you want to turn off BitLocker.

You can skip this step, if BitLocker encrypts only one hard drive

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Step 5. Click Turn Off BitLocker

The link is under the BitLocker heading.

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Step 6. Turn off BitLocker

Click Turn off BitLocker when prompted. After doing this, BitLocker will start to decrypt your hard drive. The operation may take several hours.

  • You may be asked to enter your Administrator password or PIN before you turn off BitLocker.
  • In Windows 7, click Decrypt hard drive.

Method 3 of 3: Turn on BitLocker

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Step 1. Find your collection key

When you enable BitLocker on your computer, you will be given a 48 character key that you can use if you forget your password for BitLocker. You will need to find this key before you can unlock BitLocker.

  • If you print your collection key, keep it in a place where you keep your important documents.
  • If you are backing up your recovery key to a USB drive, plug it into another Windows computer so you can open the text file and view the key.
  • If your system administrator or a professional installed BitLocker for you, contact them to find out how to recover your key.
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Step 2. Start your computer

If your computer isn't already showing the BitLocker screen, turn it on.

If your computer displays the BitLocker screen, you can skip this step and the next

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Step 3. Display the BitLocker screen

Wait for the BitLocker screen to appear, it may take several minutes.

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Step 4. Press Esc

This will tell the system that you want to enter the recovery key rather than your BitLocker password.

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Step 5. Enter your recovery key

Type the 48 characters of your key in the text field at the top of the screen.

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Step 6. Press Enter

This will validate your key.

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Step 7. Follow the instructions

Depending on your computer, the options for entering your key may vary. Once you have followed the various messages, you can then turn off BitLocker in Windows settings.

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