How to pause BitLocker Encryption in Windows 10 to perform system changes

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How to pause BitLocker Encryption in Windows 10 to perform system changes

To pause BitLocker using Control Panel on Windows 10, follow these steps:

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Click on System and Security.
  3. Click on BitLocker Drive Encryption.
  4. Click the Suspend protection option.
  5. Click the Yes button.

Once you complete these steps, the BitLocker protection will be temporarily disabled without decrypting your data so that you can perform firmware and system updates without problems.

Using suspension doesn’t decrypt the data. Instead, the option makes the BitLocker key available to anyone in clear text, and additional data that you create will still be encrypted on the drive. Once you’re done making system changes, you can always resume encryption to keep your files protected.

To resume the BitLocker protection on your device, use these steps:

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Click on System and Security.
  3. Click on BitLocker Drive Encryption.
  4. Click the Resume protection option.

Alternatively, restarting your computer will also resume the BitLocker protection automatically.

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