How to enable/turn on Bitlocker drive encryption in Windows 10 Home?
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.
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.
Step 4: Click Encrypt.
Step 5: Enter the password and then click Next.
Step 6: Save the recovery key and then click Next.
Step 7: Start Bitlocker drive encryption on the specific drive in Windows 10 Home.
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 (X is the drive letter of the selected 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 (X is the drive letter of the selected 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 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 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:" (X is drive letter of the 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.