Remove Win 10 Pro Bit Locker encryption

What are the steps to remove Bit Locker encryption from a Windows 10 Professional OS?
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Dmitri FarafontovLinux Systems AdminCommented:
Login with Admin permissions. Right click the drive and choose Bitlocker. From there you can get to the Decrypt option. You cannot just simply remove it.
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Natty GregIn Theory (IT)Commented:
You must un-encrypt then disable it
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btanExec ConsultantCommented:
Check encryption status to confirm, disable BL and then remove encryption, continue in background and may check status
http://users.isr.ist.utl.pt/~mbayat/hacks/how-to-remove-bitlocker-encryption-in-windows-10/
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IT GuyNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
Is it possible to remove Bit Locker or unencrypt a drive without knowing the encryption key?

Someone else setup encrypting on this user's laptop and no one knows what the encryption key is.
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Dmitri FarafontovLinux Systems AdminCommented:
No it's not possible to remove. You must decrypt. Is this a personal laptop or part of ActiveDirectory?
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IT GuyNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
This is a personal laptop.
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Dmitri FarafontovLinux Systems AdminCommented:
It's crypto. If you don't have the key your data is lost I am afraid.
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btanExec ConsultantCommented:
You need to be authenticated as BL is to mitigate unauthorized data access on lost or stolen computers. Without asking password will be deemed as bypass.
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Dmitri FarafontovLinux Systems AdminCommented:
Just what I said.
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serialbandCommented:
You won't be able to log in without the proper credentials.  You just need your login password that decrypts the drive.  The Recovery key is a backup password and only needed if somehow your password got changed or updated incorrectly on the system and somehow you could no longer get access to the disk.  If you have multiple accounts on the system, you may have multiple passwords to decrypt the disk.

If you don't have access to any of those, then the disk is gone.  Your only choice is to wipe it.  If it's data you may someday need, then replace the disk and store the disk until the day when it's possible to brute force the encryption in a reasonable time.
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Natty GregIn Theory (IT)Commented:
Brute-force not in this lifetime - however - do you have a username and password to log into this computer- that is what I hear everyone asking with no answer?
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Dmitri FarafontovLinux Systems AdminCommented:
Seems like a pretty dead end to me as the original poster is asking for a way to remove vs. decrypt the Bitlocker. I would assume the standard ways to access the encrypted volume had failed.
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IT GuyNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
The user is able to login, use Windows 10, and access and folders and files as if there is no encryption at all.

However, when going into the Disk Management console the C: drive is labeled as being encrypted.

We would like to remove the encryption since it isn't needed and we are currently unable to use the Veeam backup software to backup this hard drive until this encryption has been removed or the drive has been completely decrypted.

The encryption might not be fully active but still exists in a way that it impedes and prevents the Veeam backups.
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Dmitri FarafontovLinux Systems AdminCommented:
Please see my first reply. You might want to copy the data over just in case something goes wrong by hand.
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Natty GregIn Theory (IT)Commented:
Since that is the case backup the hard-drive and wipe it obviously something went wrong
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serialbandCommented:
Then don't use Veeam.  I know a lot of people love Veeam, but there are numerous other great backup programs that can work.  The idea that you have to decrypt a disk to make a backup work seems totally ludicrous.
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Dmitri FarafontovLinux Systems AdminCommented:
Thanks for the accept.
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