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How to Remove BitLocker Drive Encryption on Windows 7

BitLocker is a pre-installed program with Windows 7 to prevent unauthorized access to your system files and user data. Once you have enabled BitLocker drive encryption, it will provides protection for entire volumes with a 128-bit or 256-bit key, so that your hard drive cannot be read even if it is physically removed and placed into another computer.

However, for some reasons you may need to turn off BitLocker drive encryption to make the drive once again readable.

Steps to Disable Bitlocker Drive Encryption on Windows 7

Before we start to remove BitLocker protection, make sure two things:

Here is how to decrypt BitLocker drive in Windows 7:

1. Click Start and choose Control Panel.

2. Go to System and Security > BitLocker Drive Encryption.

3. You will see all the hard disk drive listed, informing you which drive is under BitLocker protection.

choose a drive to turn off bitlocker

4. Choose a drive and click Turn Off BitLocker beside.

5. A message will pop up informing the decryption may take some time. Click Decrypt Drive to move on.

start decrypting bitlocker encrypted drive

6. Wait for the process finishing.

Note: Pausing decryption before you completely shut off BitLocker service may damage the hard drive.

Extra Tip: How to Enable Bitlocker Encryption in Windows 7

If you want to turn on BitLocker in the future after disabling it, follow below steps.

1. Go to Start > Control Panel > System and Security > BitLocker Drive Encryption.

2. Click Turn on BitLocker.

3. Follow the instructions to initialize the TPM security hardware.

4. Choose whether to store the recovery key to a USB drive or a file or print it.

save recovery key for bitlocker

5. Run BitLocker system check and click Continue.

6. Click Restart now to be ready for enabling BitLocker encryption.

7. If your Windows 7 computer meets BitLocker requirements, you will see the Encrypting status bar. Wait for it completing.

hard drive encryption status

You can use your computer during BitLocker encryption, but the performance may slow down. You can also monitor the process by moving the mouse pointer over BitLocker Drive Encryption icon in the task bar.


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