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How to disable bit locker encryption in windows 11

Overview – BitLocker Drive Encryption

BitLocker Encryption is a means of using an encryption key to secure sensitive data on your drive in Windows. Encryption ensures that only authorized users have access to data stored on an encrypted volume, which is especially beneficial for portable laptops or workspaces. If you’ve more than one OS on your system, the BitLocker ensures that all the drives are encrypted to prevent data leaks to other users or attackers.

If You appear to no longer require BitLocker encryption on the drive, or you wish to totally turn off BitLocker Service in Windows. By the end of this article, you’ll be able to disable BitLocker Drive Encryption in Windows 11:

  • Using Control Panel

  • Using Windows Services

  • Using “This PC” app

  • Using System Configuration

  • Using Command Prompt

  • Using PowerShell

  • Using Registry Editor

  • Using Group Policy Editor

NOTE: Windows 11 Home Edition doesn’t include the Bitlocker Encryption. Therefore, if you are currently running Windows 11 Home, it would be best not to waste your valuable time looking into this. Although, feel free to explore in order to widen your knowledge.


Check BitLocker Status

Step 1: Open the Command Prompt from the Start menu.

Step 2: To check BitLocker status, type the command: manage-bde -status.

Step 3: When the Protection Status is set to “Protection Off”, BitLocker is disabled for that drive. However, if BitLocker is enabled for the drive, the Protection Status will be set to “Protection Onn”.

BitLocker Status

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1. Turn off BitLocker via Control Panel

Step 1: Open the Control Panel from the Start menu and click the “System and Security” option.

Step 2: Click the “BitLocker Drive Encryption” Button.

“BitLocker Drive Encryption” button

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Step 3: Click the “Turn off BitLocker” button.

“Turn off BitLocker” option

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2. Disable BitLocker via Windows Services

Step 1: Press the “Windows key + R” key combination on your keyboard to open Windows Run, type “services.msc” (without quotation marks) and press the “OK” button.

Step 2: Scroll and double-click the “BitLocker Drive Encryption Service” option.

BitLocker Drive Encryption Service


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Step 3: To disable BitLocker encryption, set the startup type to “Disabled” and press the “Apply” button.

BitLocker Driver Encryption = Disabled

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Step 4: Restart your computer to make changes take effect.

Restart the Device

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3. Turn off BitLocker via “This PC”

Step 1: Open the “This PC” app on your computer.

Step 2: Right-click the drive for which you want to disable BitLocker and select the “Manage BitLocker” option.


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Step 3: Click the “Turn off BitLocker” button.

“Turn off BitLocker” option


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4. Disable BitLocker via System Configuration

Step 1: Open the Windows RUN by pressing the “Windows key + R” key combination, type: msconfig, and hit the enter key.

Step 2: Select the “Services” tab from the top bar, uncheck the BitLocker Drive Encryption Service and click the “Apply” button.

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Step 3: Restart your computer and the next time, the BitLocker Encryption Service will be disabled.

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5. Turn off BitLocker via Command Prompt

Step 1: Run the Command Prompt as an administrator from the Start menu.

Step 2: To unlock the BitLocker Encrypted Drive, type the command: manage-bde -unlock Drive-Name: -RecoveryPassword Recovery-Code.

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Step 3: To disable BitLocker using CMD, type the command: manage-bde -off Drive-Name:

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Note: Replace the Drive-Name with the Drive Letter of BitLocker Encrypted Drive and Recovery-Code with the actual recovery key allotted while encrypting the drive.



6. Disable BitLocker via Registry Editor

Step 1: Open the Registry Editor from the Start menu.

Step 2: In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following path: Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\BitLocker.

Step 3: Right-click the empty area on the right pane, add a new DWORD (32-bit) value and name it as PreventDeviceEncryption.


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Step 4: Open the DWORD value and set the value data from 0 to 1 in hexadecimal format and click the “OK” button.

Value Data = 1

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Step 5: Restart the computer to make changes take effect.

Restart the Device

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7. Turn off BitLocker via PowerShell

Step 1: Run the PowerShell as an administrator from the Start menu.

Step 2: To disable BitLocker using PowerShell, type the command: Disable-BitLocker -MountPoint Drive_Name:

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Note: Replace the Drive_Name with the Drive Letter of BitLocker encrypted drive.

8. Turn off BitLocker via Group Policy Editor

Step 1: In the Start menu, type: Group Policy Editor and hit the enter key.

Step 2: Navigate to the following path: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > BitLocker Drive Encryption > Removable Data Drives and double-click the “Control use of BitLocker on removable drives” option.

BitLocker Drive Encryption Keys


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Step 3: Select the “Disabled” option and click the “OK” button.


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This policy setting controls the use of BitLocker on removable data drives. This policy setting is applied when you turn on BitLocker.

If you do not configure this policy setting, users can use BitLocker on removable disk drives. If you disable this policy setting, users cannot use BitLocker on removable disk drives.


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