Windows 10 Home does not include support for BitLocker, but is reported to support a feature called Device Encryption to provide full disk encryption, however I can't find any way to enable it.

If I search for "device encryption" in the Start menu, I get an option for "Device Encryption", but when I click it I get only a Settings window with empty search results.

searching for encryption

what happens when I click it

I've enabled signing in with a Windows account, as I believe that's a prerequisite, but still no success.

Anyone know what I'm doing wrong, or how I can find out? A Google search for "Windows 10 Device Encryption" yields nothing helpful.

  • "Device encryption is available in all Windows RT 8.1 PCs, and in Windows 8.1 PCs that support InstantGo. InstantGo allows your PC to wake up instantly from sleep with your apps and data up to date. For more details about whether you can use device encryption with your PC, check the info that came with your PC or go to the manufacturer's website." Source – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Aug 17 '15 at 13:08
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    Frankly it's terrible UX that the result appears in search results, but when clicking on it, nothing happens. – Flimm Dec 1 '15 at 9:58

Device encryption requires device support of a TPM 2.0 chipset and InstantGo.

Further details can be found via Microsoft's Windows 10 Specifications: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-10-specifications


If your device does support TPM and InstantGo (Connected Standby), you can enable the option on the Modern UI System, About screen.

Scroll down on the right hand side pane, and there's a section for Device Encryption.

An additional limitation is that in Windows 10 Home (which most of the smaller tablets that have InstantGo have) you can't enable drive encryption's PIN security (which requires gpedit), so whilst the drive is encrypted, it doesn't prevent anyone starting the device and just getting in if you either have a missing or weak windows login.

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