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Windows 10 Home BitLocker?

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#1 MasterNe0


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Posted 06 June 2018 - 12:31 PM

Last week we had a client that said their Dell Windows 10 Home Laptop was prompting for BITLOCKER KEY. I thought it was due to the user trying to do a system recovery and somehow broke it during the installation/reinstallation.


During my time trying to reinstall the OS, I checked another laptop that part of the same batch of laptops we purchased (we had 3 laptops purchased, same model) and noticed it showed Bitlocker is enabled for "USED SPACE ONLY ENCRYPTED". Their also a DISK ENCRYPTION option showing underneath Control Panel and if I go their, bitlocker is enabled as I can recover the recovery key. I can't however turn off bitlocker from there as their no other options but "Get recovery key".


I thought bitlocker for Windows 10 only works with Pro and Above, how can Windows 10 HOME get bitlocker enabled and how do I remove this bitlocker.


I  can't figure out how bitlocker was enabled in the first place as I set these laptops myself and never enabled them.


I am wondering if maybe the latest windows 10 update did it perhaps?


I posted this on spiceworks but not really getting a clear answer.


On the reinstalled OS laptop, after it was done.I checked and saw it didn't have bitlocker or the DISK ENCRYPTION icon (but this laptop has ran windows 10 updates yet) so wondering if maybe the windows 10 latest update did something to enabled this.

Edited by MasterNe0, 06 June 2018 - 12:32 PM.

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Posted 07 June 2018 - 08:46 AM

Unless there has been a change in the last couple of weeks Bitlocker is only available in Windows 10 Pro. and Enterprise.  The only alternatives are to install the Windows 10 Pro. Pack or use a third party programs like Truecrypt.  I'm not sure how you managed to get Bitlocker operating in Windows 10 Home and I'm not sure that I would depend on this to encrypt my computer in this type of situation.

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Posted 08 June 2018 - 07:30 AM

I can confirm Dc3 post 
Windows 10 Home will support BitLocker only with a 3rd party software installed.
"BitLocker Anywhere" is the only one I have seen and know but there will be other vendors as well.

#4 MasterNe0

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Posted 08 June 2018 - 12:19 PM

I personally would have never set it up without at least copying the code if needed.


I don't see anything installed on the machine out of the original that would have caused this.


When I run manage-bde, this is what I see:

C:\WINDOWS\system32>manage-bde -status C: 

BitLocker Drive Encryption: Configuration Tool version 10.0.17134

Copyright (C) 2013 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Volume C: [OS]

[OS Volume]

    Size:                 917.67 GB

    BitLocker Version:    2.0

    Conversion Status:    Used Space Only Encrypted

    Percentage Encrypted: 100.0%

    Encryption Method:    XTS-AES 128

    Protection Status:    Protection On

    Lock Status:          Unlocked

    Identification Field: Unknown

    Key Protectors:

        Numerical Password


And this is the machine:

Operating System:
    Windows 10 Home (10.0.17134)
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-8250U CPU @ 1.60GHz (8 virtual)
Available Memory:
    10838 MB / 16217 MB

Edited by MasterNe0, 08 June 2018 - 12:20 PM.

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Posted 08 June 2018 - 02:10 PM

You should be able to run this from an Administrative Command Prompt to turn BitLocker off and decrypt the drive


manage-bde -off C:

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