My windows 7 bitlocker is disabled, but in the event log i am still getting errors on Bitlocker, and when I reboot I get "Back up your encryption key" prompts.

Is there a setting in the registry or somewhere that I can fully disable Bitlocker?


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Try disabling the service.

  1. Start > Run
  2. "services.msc", enter
  3. Scroll to Bitlocker service
  4. Right-click, properties
  5. Startup type: Disabled
  • Currently it's set to Manual start, and it's not started, yet I am being prompted to backup my key. I'll set it to disable and see. Anything else to check on?
    – Pat
    Jan 26, 2012 at 15:11
  • It's been a while, and it hasn't happened, so I'll mark this complete.
    – Pat
    Feb 24, 2014 at 0:27

Go to your registry type in Bitlocker, disable the Bitlocker about four in a row going down. Reboot your computer and wha la, u have disabled bitlocker. Now when Windows boots up repair what files that are corrupt. Pretty easy when you are going to install new Windows, as a matter of fact if you installed Windows 10 use your original windows to complete the bitlocker registry disablement, pick install a driver, or image, which ever one pulls up Windows Security power shell, also you will be able to reformat your operating system drive. Rename the drive OS (?)...

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    Danger! Destroying whatever Registry keys happen to mention BitLocker is very likely to cause more critical problems. Please include some specific entries that should be changed and why.
    – Ben N
    Jun 1, 2016 at 23:08

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