How to Decrypt BitLocker Encrypted Drive in Windows?

Updated on November 30, 2018 by Admin to BitLocker for Windows Home

Are you looking for a solution to decrypt BitLocker Encrypted Drive in Windows? If you are using Windows 11/10/8/7 Enterprise editions or Windows 10 Pro edition, you can use Windows PowerShell or Windows built-in BitLocker decryption tool to decrypt a BitLocker Encrypted Drive. However, if you are using Windows 11/10/8/7 Home editions or Windows 7 Pro edition, you will not be able to use Windows PowerShell and Windows PowerShell or Windows built-in BitLocker decryption tool to decrypt a BitLocker Encrypted Drive because Microsoft does not provide decryption feature in these editions of Windows. In such case, you have to use Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere, which can help you decrypt the BitLocker encrypted drives in any edition of Windows 11/10/8/7.

In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps to decrypt a BitLocker encrypted drive in Windows by using Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere, Windows built-in BitLocker decryption tool, and Windows PowerShell.

 

Tutorial to Decrypt BitLocker Encrypted Drive in Windows.

Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere is the world's first and only third-party BitLocker solution for Windows which can help you Decrypt BitLocker Encrypted Drive in Windows.

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Step 1. Download and install Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere.

Step 2. Launch Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere, right-click the drive letter you want to decrypt, then click "Turn off BitLocker".

select the drive to decrypt

 

Step 3. Enter the password or recovery key, then click "Next".

enter decrypt password or recovery key

  • Decrypt used disk space only: Allows you to decrypt only the disk space that is currently used by the drive file system, this option can help you save time spent on decryption.

 

Step 4. Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere will now decrypt the contents of the selected drive using BitLocker drive encryption. The decryption process could take a long time to finish depending on the size of the drive, so please be patient to wait.

decrypting bitlocker drive

 

Step 5. After the decryption is complete, click the "Finish" button to close the window.

decryption is complete

 

 

User Guide: How to Decrypt BitLocker Encrypted Drive in Windows with Windows built-in BitLocker Decryption Tool?

Step 1. Press Windows + R to open the Run dialog, enter control panel in the edit and click OK.

Open Control Panel.png

 

Step 2. View all options in Large icons, and then click "BitLocker Drive Encryption" to open it.

Open BitLocker Drive Encryption

 

Step 3. Select the encrypted drive you want to decrypt, then click Turn off BitLocker.

Decrypt BitLocker Encrypted Drive with Windows built-in BitLocker Drive Encryption Tool

Step 4. A pop-up window will prompt you that the drive will be decrypted and the decryption may take some time. If you are sure click Turn off BitLocker to begin the decryption process.

BitLocker Drive Encryption Prompt

 

 

User Guide: How to Decrypt BitLocker Encrypted Drive in Windows with Windows PowerShell?

Step 1. Run Windows PowerShell as administrator. To do that quickly press Windows Key + X to open the popup menu and choose Windows PowerShell (Admin) from the menu.

Run Windows PowerShell

 

Step 2. In Windows PowerShell window, enter Disable-BitLocker -MountPoint "X:" command and run it. Be sure to replace X with the actual hard drive letter of the encrypted drive you want to decrypt.

Remove BitLocker in PowerShell

 

Step 3. The decryption process could take a long time to finish depending on the size of the drive, so please be patient to wait and don’t interrupt it.