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

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

8/22/2022 - Mon
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Tyler Brooks

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dougdog

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yes basically just want to encrypt the whole disk
Tyler Brooks

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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McKnife

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.
dougdog

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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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wow i didn't know that
i thought that offer had already expired
Great ill do that
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dougdog

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excellent
McKnife

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.
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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
McKnife

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