How to Turn on Bitlocker on Windows 10

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This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to quickly and easily turn on BitLocker when using Windows 10.

Bitlocker helps protect your data on your computer so only authorized users have access to it. If someone tries to access your BitLocker enabled computer, then will have to authenticate.

Without correctly authenticating, access will be denied.

Note that BitLocker isn’t available on Windows 10 Home edition.

If you’re a student or new user looking for a computer to start learning on, the easiest place to start is Windows 10. Windows 10 is the most recent version of operating systems for personal computers developed and released by Microsoft as part of its Windows NT family.

Windows 10 has grown into one of the best operating systems, years after its release and is used by millions of users around the world.

When you’re ready to learn how to quickly and easily turn on BitLocker, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Sign in as Administrator

Sign in to Windows with an administrator account (you may have to sign out and back in to switch accounts) if you’re not currently signed in as administrator.

Step 2: Turn on Device Encryption

After logging in as administrator, select the Start button, then select Settings  > Update & Security  > Device encryption.

If Device encryption doesn’t appear, it isn’t available.

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You may be able to use standard BitLocker encryption instead

If device encryption is turned off, select Turn on.

Step 3: Use Standard Encryption

If your computer isn’t compatible with Windows device encryption, you may be able to use standard BitLocker encryption.

While still logged in as an administrator, In the search box on the taskbar, type Manage BitLocker and then select it from the list of results.

Or you can select the Start  button, and then under Windows System, select Control Panel. In Control Panel, select System and Security, and then under BitLocker Drive Encryption, select Manage BitLocker

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Select Turn on BitLocker and then follow the instructions.

Note: It isn’t available on Windows 10 Home edition.


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