How to enable/turn on Bitlocker drive encryption in Windows 10 Home?

Posted by Admin to Bitlocker for Windows Home on June 11th, 2018

Bitlocker drive encryption feature is missing in Windows 10 Home, we have to upgrade to Windows 10 Professional if we need to enable Bitlocker drive encryption feature, but we can still turn on Bitlocker on Windows 10 Home with a tool called M3 Bitlocker Loader for Windows.

M3 Bitlocker Loader for Windows is a Bitlocker solution to turn on Bitlocker drive encryption, read, write, unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive in Windows 10/8/7 Home and 7 Professional.

Tutorial to turn on Bitlocker drive encryption in Windows 10 Home

Step 1: Download and install M3 Bitlocker Loader for Windows on Windows computer.

Step 2: Launch M3 Bitlocker Loader for Windows.

Step 3: Select the drive which you want to encrypt.

Bitlocker for Windows 10 home

Step 4: Click Encrypt.

Step 5: Enter the password and then click Next.

Enter the password

Step 6: Save the recovery key and then click Next.

Save the recovery key

Step 7: Start Bitlocker drive encryption on the specific drive in Windows 10 Home.

Start Bitlocker drive encryption

How to turn off Bitlocker drive encryption in Windows 10 Home?

Following are four solutions to turn off Bitlocker drive encryption in Windows 10 Home:

Solution 1: Turn off Bitlocker with Command Prompt

If you're an advanced user, you can turn off Bitlocker drive encryption 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).

Solution 2: Use PowerShell to turn off Bitlocker drive encryption in Windows 10 Home

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 Disable-BitLocker -MountPoint "X:" command and press Enter to run it (Replace X with the drive letter of your Bitlocker encrypted drive).

Bitlocker 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.

Solution 3: Turn off Bitlocker drive encryption by reformatting drive

If there is no important data in Bitlocker encrypted drive, we can directly reformat Bitlocker encrypted drive to turn off Bitlocker drive encryption on that drive.

Step 1: Right click Bitlocker encrypted drive in My Computer (This PC) or Disk Management.

Step 2: Select "Format...".

Step 3: Select file system, allocation unit size, set volume label and click Start.

Solution 4: Turn off Bitlocker drive encryption with Bitlocker password brute-force cracking tool

If we lost the password and recovery key, How to unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive without password and 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 Bitlocker encrypted drive by running an attack.

How to change Bitlocker password in Windows 10 Home?

To change the Bitlocker password in Windows 10 Home, please follow the below steps:

Step 1: Type cmd in search, right click cmd.exe and choose "Run as administrator" from the menu.

Step 2: Type the command: "manage-bde -changepassword X:" (Replace X with the drive letter of your Bitlocker encrypted drive), and press Enter.

Step 3: Type the new password when prompted, and press Enter.

Step 4: Confirm the new password by typing it again when prompted, and press Enter.

Step 5: If your password has been successfully updated, you can now close the elevated command prompt.