Does bitlocker work on Windows 7 professional?

Posted on 2014-07-23
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Last Modified: 2014-07-25
I need to encrypt my hard drive.  I have Win 7 pro 64 bit.  Microsoft web site says bitlocker is in the control panel, and can be used in Win 7 ultimate and enterprise, not pro.  However, I see it under services.msc and it says I can use it to encrypt the OS and hard drives. Is this correct?  How do I encrypt it with this service?
Question by:maharlika
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    Bitlocker does not work in Pro.  It does in Win8 Pro, but not Win7 Pro.  If using Windows 7, you need Enterprise or Ultimate.
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    So even though Win 7 pro has BitLocker Drive Encryption service, it can't encrypt using Bitlocker, is that correct?
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    Hi Maharlika,

    Yes, You are correct. Windows 7 pro can't encrypt using Bitlocker.

    BitLocker is unavailable for Windows 7 Professional and it cannot be downloaded and installed. Applies to these editions of Windows 7  Ultimate and Windows 7 Enterprise.

    Thank You.
    Tapan Pattanaik

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