Can Windows 10 Home read/unlock BitLocker encrypted drive?

Posted by Tim to BitLocker for Windows Home on September 11th, 2020

The answer is YES.

How to unlock BitLocker encrypted drive in your Windows 10 Home

There are four solutions to unlock your BitLocker encrypted drive in Windows 10 Home:

Solution 1: Unlock BitLocker encrypted drive with File Explorer

Although Windows 10 Home doesn't have built-in BitLocker Drive Encryption feature, but it still can unlock your BitLocker encrypted drive without any problem.

Tutorial to unlock BitLocker encrypted drive in File Explorer:

Step 1: Open My Computer (or This PC) on the desktop.

Step 2: Double-click on BitLocker drive in Windows explorer.

Step 3: Enter the password on the unlock window.

Unlock BitLocker encrypted drive

Step 4: Click Unlock to unlock your BitLocker encrypted drive.

Solution 2: Unlock BitLocker encrypted drive with M3 BitLocker Loader for Windows

M3 BitLocker Loader for Windows is a BitLocker solution for Windows 10/8/7 home users to turn on BitLocker drive encryption, read, write, unlock BitLocker encrypted drive.

Tutorial to unlock BitLocker encrypted drive with M3 BitLocker Loader for Windows:

Step 1: Download, install and launch M3 BitLocker Loader for Windows on your computer.

Step 2: Click on "Unlock drive" located at the right side of your BitLocker encrypted drive.

M3 BitLocker Loader for Windows

Step 3: Enter the password to unlock your BitLocker encrypted drive.

Solution 3: Unlock BitLocker encrypted drive with Command Line

Manage-bde is a command-line tool which can unlock BitLocker encrypted drive in your Windows 10 Home.

Tutorial to unlock BitLocker encrypted drive from Command Line in Windows 10 Home:

Step 1: Type cmd in search bar of Windows Taskbar.

Step 2: Right click cmd.exe from the search results and then choose "Run as administrator" from the menu to allow Administrator privilege.

Command prompt

Step 3: Type the command: manage-bde -unlock X: -password and then press Enter.

X is the drive letter of your BitLocker drive.

Step 4: Enter the password and then press Enter to unlock your BitLocker drive.

Unlock BitLocker encrypted drive with manage-bde

If manage-bde failed to unlock this BitLocker volume, try M3 BitLocker Recovery to recover data from your BitLocker encrypted drive.

Solution 4: BitLocker Data Recovery

If the above three solutions fail to unlock your BitLocker encrypted drive, BitLocker data recovery is the last choice. M3 BitLocker Recovery is a professional BitLocker data recovery software which can recover lost data from formatted, failed, corrupted, inaccessible BitLocker encrypted drive in Windows 10/8/7/XP.

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