Device encryption in Windows 10

If you want to use standard BitLocker encryption instead, it's available on supported devices running Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education. Some devices have both types of encryption. For example, a Surface Pro which runs Windows 10 Pro has both the simplified device encryption experience, and the full BitLocker management controls.

Finding your BitLocker recovery key in Windows 10

For more, see Device encryption in Windows 10. If the device was set up or BitLocker protection was activated by another user, the recovery key may be in that user’s Microsoft account. On a printout you saved: Your recovery key may be on a printout that was saved when BitLocker was activated.

Turn on device encryption

If device encryption isn't available on your device, you might be able to turn on standard BitLocker encryption instead. Note that BitLocker isn't available on Windows 10 Home edition. Turn on device encryption. Sign in to Windows with an administrator account (you may have to sign out and back in to switch accounts).

Device encryption in Windows 10

If you want to use standard BitLocker encryption instead, it's available on supported devices running Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education. Some devices have both types of encryption. For example, a Surface Pro which runs Windows 10 Pro has both the simplified device encryption experience, and the full BitLocker management controls.

Finding your BitLocker recovery key in Windows 10

The BitLocker setup process enforces the creation of a recovery key at the time of activation. If you are unable to locate a required BitLocker recovery key and are unable to revert and configuration change that might have cause it to be required, you’ll need to reset your device using one of the Windows 10 recovery options. Resetting your ...

Find my BitLocker recovery key

BitLocker is a device encryption feature of Windows. If your device is asking you for your BitLocker recovery key, the following information may help you locate the 48-digit key that you'll need to unlock your device. Here are some places you can check to locate the key if you don't have it immediately available:

Turn on device encryption

Sign in to Windows with an administrator account (you may have to sign out and back in to switch accounts). For more info, see Create a local or administrator account in Windows 10.; Select the Start button, then select Settings > Update & Security > Device encryption.If Device encryption doesn't appear, it isn't available. You may be able to use standard BitLocker encryption instead.
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