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Installing over Win7 which already has bitlocker

  1. #1


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    7 HP

    Installing over Win7 which already has bitlocker


    Hi all,

    Forgive me if this has been answered, but i wasn't able to find it ...

    Anyways, my machine is running win7 HP with the drive bitlockered, can i just go install win8 straightaway or do i have to decrypt and disable bitlocker first?

    thanks

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,568
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello mmq, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You could format the OS hard drive to remove BitLocker encryption as well, but I would recommend to turn off BitLocker encryption for the OS drive to decrypt it first to avoid any potential issues, then install the other OS. Afterwards, you can encrypt it with BitLocker from Windows 8 again if you like.

    BitLocker - Turn On or Off for OS Drive in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2
    7 HP


    thanks for the uber fast response.

    would have preferred the quicker route, but ah well; better safe than sorry eh
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,568
    64-bit Windows 10


    If there's nothing on the drive you wanted to keep, then formatting it first will be fine.
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Installing over Win7 which already has bitlocker
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