How to reset the forgotten BitLocker password in Windows 10?

Posted by Tim to BitLocker for Windows Home on September 29th, 2020

Want to unlock your BitLocker encrypted drive but you forget the BitLocker password? Luckily, you can open BitLocker encrypted drive with the recovery key and then reset the forgotten BitLocker password.

If you don't have the recovery key to unlock BitLocker encrypted drive, you need to recover the forgotten BitLocker password.

How to reset the forgotten BitLocker password in Windows 10?

Windows 10 has three editions: Home, Professional and Enterprise edition. BitLocker drive encryption is missing in Windows 10 Home, so there is no way to reset the forgotten BitLocker password in Windows 10 Home edition, but there is no problem to reset the forgotten BitLocker password in Windows 10 Professional and Enterprise edition.

Tutorial to reset the forgotten Bitlocker password:

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

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

Step 3: Click "More Options".

Unlock BitLocker encrypted drive

Step 4: Click "Enter recovery key".

Unlock BitLocker encrypted drive

Step 5: According to the BitLocker recovery key ID, enter the corresponding 48-digit recovery key and then click Unlock.

Enter recovery key to unlock BitLocker encrypted drive

If you lost the recovery key, refer to where/how to find 48-digit recovery key?

If you cannot find the recovery key either, refer to How to unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive without password or recovery key?

Step 6: After unlocking your BitLocker encrypted drive, right click on the BitLocker encrypted drive in Windows explorer and then select "Manage BitLocker".

Step 7: Click "Change password" on the specific BitLocker encrypted drive in BitLocker Drive Encryption window of Control Panel.

Change BitLocker password

Step 8: Click "Reset a forgotten password".

Change Bitlocker password

Step 9: Enter the new password and click "Finish" to reset the forgotten BitLocker password.

reset forgotten Bitlocker password

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