Enabling BitLocker with Windows 10

BitLocker is a tool that's included with Microsoft Windows to enable drive encryption. The following tutorial will guide you through the steps required to enable BitLocker on Windows 10 devices

Enable BitLocker

Note, this requires a functional TPM module in your computer. If you are not able to follow the instructions provided, please contact it@trentu.ca for assistance. 

  • Step 1 - Click the start button, and click Computer then right click on your Local Disk (C:) drive and click Turn on BitLocker.

  • Step 2 - BitLocker will run a system check to make sure your TPM has been enabled. Wait for this check to complete.

  • Step 3 - After the assessment has concluded, click next to begin the BitLocker process.

  • Step 4 - Click next to prepare your drive for BitLocker.

  • Step 5 - The drive partition process will run, and when completed you'll be prompted to restart your computer. Click the button to restart your computer and then login normally after your computer restarts.

  • Step 6 - The BitLocker wizard will resume after your computer restarts. Click next to start the encryption process.

  • Step 7 - Choose the appropriate option to save your recovery key - A USB flash drive, or printing the key is the simplest method. Click next after you have produced your backup key.

  • Step 8 - Click the start encrypting button. Your computer will now begin encrypting your drive. You can use your computer normally during this process and it may take some time to fully encrypt.

  • Step 9 - Once the BitLocker encryption process completes, click OK to exit the wizard. You can now continue to use your computer normally, your drive has been encrypted and is safe in the event that your device is lost or stolen.


For assistance with this process please contact the IT Service Desk at 705-748-1010 or by email at it@trentu.ca



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Friday, October 4, 2019 - 15:58