There are people who have noticed that on some Dell devices the BitLocker is initiating via automatic processing to encrypt the drive in case a Microsoft Account is utilized on the system. At times, some users said that the Bitlocker encryption was permitted routinely, after updating the BIOS on their Dell laptop. In this article, we will let you know how to sort out the BitLocker recovery key.
Disabling Bitlocker Encryption In case you can log in to Windows 10
- As an initial step direct to Windows Control Panel and start System and Security.
- Here at the ‘Manage Bitlocker’ section, press the option of Bitlocker Drive Encryption.
- Now tap Turn off Bitlocker on the encrypted drive.
Disabling Bitlocker Encryption In case you can’t log in to Windows 10
You should know that there is not any possible method to bypass the Bitlocker encryption, in case you don’t have the Bitlocker password or the BitLocker recovery key. So, If you have allowed the Bitlocker Drive encryption on your system, then look at the below locations to search the BitLocker recovery key:
- Here on a printout you saved, write the 24-digit number recovery key from the printout.
- Now on a USB flash drive, just plug the USB drive on the locked system and go for the commands.
- Then on your Microsoft Account.
- At the end of your Azure Account in case you sign in with an Azure Active Directory account.
Unlock the drive with the help of Recovery key
Write the BitLocker recovery key (48-digit number) at the system startup. In case the Bitlocker recovery key is not recognized go for the below options:
- Ascribe the encrypted drive on another Windows 10 PC, double click on the drive and write the recovery key to unlock it. Now go for the commands at case-1 to turn off the BitLocker encryption.
- You can also unlock the Drive-in WinRE Environment by:
- Just boot your system with the help of a Windows 10 Installation Media.
- Now at the first screen tap Next and then fix your PC.
- Here in the screen you re asked for the recovery key, tap the option of Skip this drive and go to Troubleshoot -> Advanced options -> Command prompt
- As second last step in the command prompt, go for the below instruction to see the BitLocker status of all drives:
- In the end, when you find the drive letter of the encrypted drive, enter the below instruction to unlock the encrypted drive by utilizing the recovery key.
manage-bde –unlock drive-letter: -RP 48-digit-numerical-recovery-key
- When the decryption course is finished, give the “manage-bde -status” instruction, to make sure that the Encrypted Percentage is 0% and continue to inactivate the Bitlocker protection on the drive, with the following instruction:
e.g. Disable-BitLocker -MountPoint “drive-letter:”
e.g. To restrict the BitLocker protection on drive “D:”, type:
Disable-BitLocker -MountPoint “D:”
- Here now decrypt the drive by giving this command and remember that you have to wait for some time till the background decryption procedure is done
manage-bde -off drive letter:
e.g. To remove the encryption on drive “D:” type:
Manage-bde -off D:
In the end, give again the “manage-bde -status” command and confirm that the Conversion status is Entirely Decrypted. When this course is completed just erase the Recovery Media and restart the PC. Windows would probably start properly.
Alter BIOS Settings on your Dell Laptop
- Start on your laptop and tap the F2 key repeatedly to enter BIOS Setup.
- Now at Boot Sequence options, choose UEFI and tap Apply.
- Here at Security options, pick the TPM 2.0 Security and arrange it to the option of Enable before pressing Apply again.
- As the second last step in Secure Boot options, arrange the Secure Boot to Enable and tap Apply.
- Press Exit to resume the system and see in case you can boot to Windows or not.
Remove the Bitlocker Encrypted Drive and Install Windows 10 again
In case you are unable to unlock the drive, by utilizing the commands above, then completely delete the encrypted drive so you could reinstall Windows 10. That means to say that you will lose all of your data that you have been stored. To do that, go for the following commands:
- As an initial step boot your system from a Windows 10 Installation Media.
- Here at the starting screen press Next and then Repair your PC.
- Now you are asked for the recovery key, press Skip this drive and go to Troubleshoot -> Advanced options -> Command prompt
- In the command prompt, enter the below instruction:
- At the DISKPART command write the instruction to check out all the volumes on the system.
- Then continue and choose the biggest in size volume, with this instruction:
select volume number
Select volume 2
- Then continue to remove the chosen volume, by entering this instruction:
Delete Volume Override
- When you see the course is completed, write exit to end the DISKPART utility.
- In the end, reboot your PC and boot again from the Windows installation media.
We hope that the above instructions would be helpful for all of those who need help in fixing the Bitlocker Recovery key. By following them in the right way you can make it work for you.