Written byAmanda Wong
How to turn off or disable BitLocker encryption in Windows 10?
Summary: This article will tell you five methods to disable or turn off BitLocker encryption in Windows 10.
Table of Contents:
- 1. How to turn off or disable BitLocker in Windows 10 Home edition?
- 2. How to disable or turn off BitLocker in Windows 10 Professional or Enterprise?
- 3. FAQs about turning off BitLocker on Windows
How to turn off or disable BitLocker in Windows 10 Home edition?
If you want to turn off BitLocker encryption entirely on your drive, follow these steps:
Step 1: Click the magnifying glass to open the search, type "cmd", and right-click on cmd.exe in the list of results. Click on "Run as administrator" in the right-click menu.
Step 2: Enter the following commands at the command line prompt: manage-bde -off X: (replacing "X" with whatever drive letter has been assigned to the encrypted volume) and press Enter.
Step 3: Close the command prompt window.
This command turns off BitLocker encryption on that drive so the data will no longer be protected with its encryption.
How to disable or turn off BitLocker in Windows 10 Professional or Enterprise?
There are five methods to turn off or disable BitLocker drive encryption in Windows 10 Professional or Enterprise edition:
Option 1: Disable BitLocker from Windows 10 Control Panel
Step 1: Open the Search bar and type Control Panel.
Step 2: Double-click BitLocker Drive Encryption.
Step 3: Expand the related BitLocker encrypted drive.
Step 4: Click the "Turn off BitLocker" option.
Step 5: Click "Turn off BitLocker" in the window.
After doing that, BitLocker should be permanently disabled on for the selected drive.
Option 2: Disable BitLocker with Command Prompt
If you're an advanced user, you can turn off BitLocker by using Command Prompt.
Step 1: Open Command Prompt as administrator. To do that quickly press Windows Key + X to open Win + X menu and choose Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu.
Step 2: When Command Prompt opens, enter manage-bde -off X: command and run it (Replace X with the drive letter of your BitLocker encrypted drive).
Option 3: Use another Windows 10 computer to disable BitLocker
If both methods have failed, then all you're left with is connecting your BitLocker encrypted drive to a different computer and then trying solution 1 and solution 2.
Option 4: Use PowerShell to disable BitLocker in Windows 10
Step 1: Press Windows Key + S and enter powershell. Right-click Windows PowerShell from the list of results and choose Run as administrator.
Step 2: When PowerShell opens, enter the Disable-BitLocker -MountPoint "X:" command and press Enter to run it (Replace X with the drive letter of your BitLocker encrypted drive).
BitLocker encrypted drive decryption process will take a while, so please don't interrupt it. Once the drive is decrypted, BitLocker will be turned off for that drive.
Option 5: Disable BitLocker in Windows with BitLocker password brute-force cracking tool
If we lost the password or 48-digit BitLocker recovery key, the BitLocker encrypted drive cannot be unlocked/decrypted without the password or BitLocker recovery key. In this situation, we need the 3rd BitLocker password brute-force cracking tool, such as Passware Password Recovery Kit, Elcomsoft Forensic Disk Decryptor, Thegrideon BitLocker Password which can help to unlock the BitLocker encrypted drive by running an attack.
If you lost the data from BitLocker encrypted drive by a mistake, iBoysoft Data Recovery is a professional data recovery software that can help you a lot.
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FAQs about turning off BitLocker on Windows
Windows will not ask for the password or BitLocker recovery key when you turn off BitLocker drives encryption on your computer given that you are already logged in, the BitLocker drive is unlocked, and it is authorized to access. This is different from unlocking BitLocker encrypted drive which always requires the password or BitLocker recovery key.
Follow the steps below to disable BitLocker from BIOS:
Step 1. Restart your Windows PC.
Step 2. When you see the manufacturer name appear, immediately press F10(the keys depending on your computer model) to access the BIOS setup.
Step 3. Click on BitLocker Drive Encryption in BIOS setup.
Step 4. Select "Suspend Protection" from the options that appear on your screen to disable BitLocker.
Being a member of the local Administrators group is necessary to enable, disable, or alter BitLocker configurations on operating systems and fixed data devices. BitLocker on detachable data disks can be enabled, disabled, or modified by Standard users.