How to Remove/Disable/Turn Off BitLocker Drive Encryption in Windows 10/11 Home?

Updated on April 14, 2022 by Admin to BitLocker for Windows 10 Home

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The windows 10 Pro computer has died, and I would like to put the in my new computer with windows 10 home. I would like to remove the bit locker password, so I can reinstall windows 10 pro while keeping my files and apps, I'm unable to do this while the drive is encrypted. How do I remove drive encryption from the drive while I have the drive slaved to a windows 10 home computer? -- social.technet.microsoft.com

In the Windows 10/11 Pro and Enterprise Edition, we can use the graphics tool named "Mange BitLocker" to remove BitLocker for BitLocker Encrypted Drive. Unfortunately, this tool does not exist in Windows 10/11 Home edition. This is because BitLocker is a Windows Enterprise feature which is only available in Windows Enterprise Editions by default, and the only exception is that Windows 10/11 Professional Edition can also use this feature.

Remove BitLocker With Manage BitLocker

Is there any other way to remove BitLocker for BitLocker Encrypted Drive in Windows 10/11 Home edition? The answer is YES, here you can find complete guide on how to remove BitLocker with Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere, manage-bde.exe or Windows PowerShell in Windows 10/11 Home.

 

Method 1: How to Remove/Disable/Turn Off BitLocker in Windows 10/11 Home with Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere?

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Step 1. Launch Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere, right-click the drive letter you want to decrypt, then click "Turn off BitLocker".

select the drive to decrypt

Step 2. 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 3. 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 4. After the decryption is complete, click the "Finish" button to close the window.

decryption is complete

 

Method 2: How to Remove/Disable/Turn Off BitLocker in Windows 10/11 Home with manage-bde.exe?

Step 1. To open an Elevated Command Prompt window via the Run box, press Windows key + R to bring up the Run menu. Then, type cmd but instead of pressing Enter directly, press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open it with administrative privileges. You’ll then be prompted by a UAC (User Account Control) window in which you’ll have to hit Yes.

Run elevated command prompt

Step 2. In Elevated Command Prompt window, enter manage-bde.exe -off J: command and run it. Be sure to replace J with the actual hard drive letter of the encrypted drive you want to decrypt.

Remove BitLocker with manage-bde.exe

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. You can run manage-bde.exe -status J: to view the decryption progress.

check decryption progress with manage-bde.exe

Method 3: How to Remove/Disable/Turn Off BitLocker in Windows 10/11 Home 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 "F:" command and run it. Be sure to replace F 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.

 

The Bottom Line

Above we introduced three ways to Remove/Disable/Turn Off BitLocker in Windows 10/11 Home. The latter two methods may not work normally in some Windows Home Edition, but the first method can ensure that you can decrypt the drive normally. If you want to encrypt the drive with BitLocker in Windows 10/11 Home, please refer to How to Enable BitLocker in Windows 10/11 Home Edition?

If you need to recover lost files from a BitLocker encrypted drive, we recommend you to try professional BitLocker data recovery software Hasleo BitLocker Data Recovery.