How to Enable and Use BitLocker Drive Encryption on Windows 10?

What is BitLocker Drive Encryption?

If you are unfamiliar with the term “encryption,” it is a method of making readable information unrecognizable to unauthorized users. When you encrypt your data, it is still usable even when shared with other users. BitLocker Drive Encryption is an encryption technology included in Windows 10. This feature, however, is only available in the Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions. When you try to enable BitLocker on a PC without a TPM, it will inform you that your administrator must configure a system policy option.

If you keep sensitive data on your computer, you should protect it with the BitLocker feature. With the release of Windows Vista, Microsoft introduced a new security feature called BitLocker Drive Encryption. In Windows 7, Microsoft introduced the BitLocker To Go feature for portable storage devices such as thumb drives and SD cards.

If you’ve never used BitLocker before, the feature offers two encryption methods: hardware-based encryption with a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip and software-based encryption with a password or a USB flash drive to decrypt the drive. “BitLocker To Go” also safeguards your data on the installation drive, secondary storage, and removable media.

In this risewindows article, we will walk you through the steps of installing BitLocker on your computer to ensure the security of your sensitive data.

How to check if your PC has TPM support to use BitLocker?

To enable and use the BitLocker on your Windows 10 machine, you need a Trusted Platform Module chip (TPM 1.2 or later).

If you want to check if your computer has compatible TPM for BitLocker, use these steps:-

Step 1. First, open the device manager.

To do that, right-click on the Start button and select Device Manager from the menu.

Step 2. When the Device Manager window appears on your computer, expand the Security devices branch to view the “Trusted Platform Module” version number.

How to Enable (hardware-based) BitLocker on Windows 10?

Follow the below-described steps to turn on BitLocker on a Windows 10 device with TPM:

Step 1. Start with Opening the Control Panel.

Step 2. Now, click on System and Security.

Step 3. After that, click on BitLocker Drive Encryption.

Step 4. Next, click the Turn on BitLocker option under the “Operating system drive” section.

Step 5. Then you’ll be prompted to back up your recovery key. You can select from the following options:-

  • Save to your Microsoft account
  • Save to a USB flash drive
  • Save to a file
  • Print the recovery key

Further, click on the Next button to choose a method to back up your recovery key.

Step 6. Then click the Next button In the following screen, and choose the faster or slower method to encrypt the drive.

Finally, you’ll be prompted to restart your computer. It will enable BitLocker on your Windows 10 machine after you restart it. It will not prompt you to enter a decryption password when you turn on your system.

It may take some time, depending on the size of the drive. You can continue working while the encryption process is running in the background. When the encryption is finished, the drive will display a lock icon, and the label will read BitLocker on.

If your device does not have a TPM chip, you must first enable group policy without TPM support before enabling BitLocker.

That’s all.

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