Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


BitLocker Auto-unlock - Turn On or Off in Windows 8

  1. #1
    BitLocker Auto-unlock - Turn On or Off in Windows 8

    BitLocker Auto-unlock - Turn On or Off in Windows 8
    How to Turn On or Off Auto-unlock of BitLocker Encrypted Data Drives in Windows 8
    Published by Brink is online now
    28 Feb 2013
    Default BitLocker Auto-unlock - Turn On or Off in Windows 8

    Published by


    Brink's Avatar
    Administrator

    Join Date: Jul 2009
    Posts: 22,582

    How to Turn On or Off Auto-unlock of BitLocker Encrypted Data Drives in Windows 8


    information   Information
    Once a data drive has been protected with BitLocker, access to the drive is authenticated before the contents are displayed.

    A fixed data drive that has been encrypted by BitLocker will either automatically be unlocked, or prompt for a smart card or password depending on how you configured it before being unlocked. Encrypted fixed data drives can be configured to automatically unlock when you sign in to Windows 8 after the operating system drive has been unlocked. To be able to automatically unlock fixed data drives, the OS drive that Windows 8 is installed on must also be encrypted by BitLocker.

    When removable data drives encrypted by BitLocker are inserted into the computer, you will be prompted to provide a password or smart card. Automatic unlocking for removable data drives can be selected after the drive is encrypted without requiring the OS drive to also be encrypted by BitLocker. A removable data drive can be unlocked on any PC running Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7, Windows Server 2012, or Windows 8.


    This tutorial will show you how to quickly turn on or off auto-unlock of BitLocker protected fixed and removable data drives in Windows 8.






    BitLocker Auto-unlock - Turn On or Off in Windows 8 OPTION ONE BitLocker Auto-unlock - Turn On or Off in Windows 8
    To Turn On or Off Auto-unlock of Data Drive in Manage BitLocker Settings

    1.
    Do step 2, 3, or 4 for how you would like to start.

    2. Open the Control Panel (icons view), click/tap on BitLocker Drive Encryption icon, and go to step 5 below.

    3. In File Explorer, open Computer, right click or press and hold on an unlocked encrypted fixed or removable data drive letter, click/tap on Manage BitLocker, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshots below step 4)

    4. In File Explorer, open Computer, select (highlight) an unlocked encrypted fixed or removable data drive letter you want to encrypt, click/tap on Manage (Drive Tools) tab, click/tap on BitLocker icon in the ribbon, click/tap Manage BitLocker, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshots below)

    Click image for larger version

    Click image for larger version

    5. Do step 6 or 7 below for what you would like to do.


    6. To Turn Off Auto-unlock of a Data Drive
    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Under Fixed data drives or Removable data drives - BitLocker To Go, click/tap on an arrow to expand the data drive letter you want to manage, click/tap on the Turn off Auto-unlock link, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    Click image for larger version

    7. To Turn On Auto-unlock of a Data Drive

    A) Under Fixed data drives or Removable data drives - BitLocker To Go, click/tap on an arrow to expand the data drive letter you want to manage, click/tap on the Turn on Auto-unlock link, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    Click image for larger version

    8. If this was for a fixed data drive, then you may be prompted by UAC to click/tap on Yes (administrators) or enter an administrator's password (standard users) to approve.

    9. When finished, you can close the "BitLocker Drive Encryption" CP window if you like.





    BitLocker Auto-unlock - Turn On or Off in Windows 8 OPTION TWO BitLocker Auto-unlock - Turn On or Off in Windows 8
    To Turn On or Off Auto-unlock of Data Drive in Command Prompt

    NOTE: You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do this option.

    1. Open an elevated command prompt.

    2. In the elevated command prompt, type the command below, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: Substitute E in the command below with the drive letter of the unlocked encrypted fixed or removable data drive that you want to enable or disable auto-unlock for.

    manage-bde -status E:


    Click image for larger version

    3. You will now see the current Automatic Unlock status of the data drive (ex: E: ) as either enabled or disable. (see screenshot above)


    4. Do step 5 or 6 below for what you would like to do.


    5. To Turn Off Auto-unlock of a Data Drive
    NOTE: This is the default setting. Substitute E in the command below with the drive letter of the unlocked encrypted fixed or removable data drive that you want to enable or disable auto-unlock for.

    A) In the elevated command prompt, type the command below, press Enter, and go to step 7 below.

    manage-bde -autounlock -disable E:


    6. To Turn On Auto-unlock of a Data Drive

    NOTE: Substitute E in the command below with the drive letter of the unlocked encrypted fixed or removable data drive that you want to enable or disable auto-unlock for.

    A) In the elevated command prompt, type the command below, press Enter, and go to step 7 below.

    manage-bde -autounlock -enable E:


    7.
    When successfully finished, you can now close the command prompt if you like.



    That's it,
    Shawn


    Related Tutorials



  2. #1


    I can't Turn off auto-unlock,If I click turn off then open this type window Name:  Untitled.jpg
Views: 28661
Size:  20.4 KB...
    Plzz Help me eightforums,com

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #2


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Talha, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Auto-unlock is for data drives instead of an OS drive. Your OS drive is not encrypted by BitLocker, so there is nothing to be turned off for it.

    Are you having some sort of issue with your OS drive?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

BitLocker Auto-unlock - Turn On or Off in Windows 8
Related Threads
How to Turn On or Off BitLocker for Windows 8 OS Drive with or without TPM BitLocker Drive Encryption provides protection for operating system drives, fixed data drives, and removable data drives that are lost or stolen. BitLocker does this by encrypting the contents of drives and requiring...
How to Unlock a Drive using BitLocker Recovery in Windows 8 and 8.1 There are several reasons that might make a PC go into recovery mode. For example, your organization might have a password security policy that locks you out after a certain number of failed attempts to sign in. Or perhaps...
I recently connected an iscsi drive to my asus tablet. I was not aware that bit locker was on. when I disconnected the drive I could not access it on my other pc. I reconnected it to the asus tablet and went to the system screen and turned off bitlocker. I got the screen saying that it was...
Win8.1 Pro x64 Been having a weird problem lately. Whenever I unlock a BitLocker volume (I have two of them), I can't access it. The system doesn't even provide a drive letter. If I try accessing the drive letter in Directory Opus (where the drive letters are always shown, whether the volumes...
We have a few computers running Windows 8.1 Pro Update 1 here. For some reason my machine has a black and white DOS-style unlock screen for BitLocker. Another computer we have here has a modern-style, Windows 8 looking, light-blue & white unlock screen for BitLocker. Why has my PC defaulted...
Hi, I have a Microsoft Surface Pro 2 and I am running Windows 8.1 Pro Update 1. I have been unsuccessful at building a WinPE image that provides BitLocker support. I searched around the internet and found many posts. Eventually, I ended up trying to build it with the various added...
How to Turn On or Off BitLocker To Go for Removable Data Drives in Windows 8 BitLocker Drive Encryption provides protection for operating system drives, fixed data drives, and removable data drives that are lost or stolen. BitLocker does this by encrypting the contents of drives and...
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook