what are my options to use encryption on win 7 pro?

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Tyler BrooksNetwork and Security Consultant
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Unfortunately, Windows 7 Pro doesn't have access to BitLocker, which is usually my go-to whole disk encryption option.

DiskCryptor and Veracrypt are fairly reputable and I believe both are free. I'm assuming you are wanting to use full disk encryption rather than file level encryption. If you're looking for file level, AxCrypt is a good option.

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yes basically just want to encrypt the whole disk
Tyler BrooksNetwork and Security Consultant

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Ok then unless you are wanting to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, which includes BitLocker, I would use either VeraCrypt or DiskCryptor.
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the customer is a finance house and may be funny about using free software
are there any recommended from a well known company?
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Any commercial  encryption software would do, there are many: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_disk_encryption_software is a long list, let them pick one of their favorites if they don't want free software. I would have recommended the same. Disk cryptor or Vera crypt.

You can use bitlocker even on win7 pro, though, with a little thing to be aware of: no one says, that the disk needs to be encrypted by the OS itself, so you can simply take another installation with a bitlocker-enabled OS and mount that disk and encrypt it with bitlocker. Afterwards, it will ask for a key when booting normally.

The best way would be indeed to leave win7 for good (it's time some day you will have to do it) and upgrade to win10 pro with bitlocker.

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great ill check out prices for win 10 upgrade software  and see if it can be done inplace
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The price is zero.
Download the ISO and install it as an upgrade. You key works, at least until the end of the year, win7 pro keys do install and activate win10 pro. it can be done in place.
ISO: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

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wow i didn't know that
i thought that offer had already expired
Great ill do that
Thanks very much

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excellent
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Excuse me, why are you not sharing point with Tyler whom I basically repeated? Should I re-open the question for you so you can change the point division? I feel bad with the way it is now.
Tyler BrooksNetwork and Security Consultant

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Although I very much appreciate the comment McKnife(and agree I should have been assigned points), don't worry about it =)

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yes sure re open
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Ha, I thought I had the power to reopen it, but no. I reported this to moderation so they can reopen it.

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