Bitlocker allows you to encrypt an entire drive and protects it against system or firmware unauthorized access/change. You can set a password for your encrypted drive that basically acts as a gatekeeper to access it. In this article, we're going to teach you how to change Bitlocker password in Windows 10 with three easy and straightforward methods.
There can be different reasons for changing your Bitlocker password. For a forgetful person, remembering passwords to everything can seem pretty difficult. Other than this, you might also want to change your password for security purposes. Whatever the reason, changing your Bitlocker password is no difficult task. So, without further ado, let's begin.
- Way 1: Change Bitlocker Password in Control
- Way 2: Reset Bitlocker Password from File Explorer
- Way 3: Reset Bitlocker Password via CMD
Way 1: Change Bitlocker Password in Control Panel
Control Panel is your go-to Tool kit to resolve any matter in Microsoft Windows. It provides access to everything that is installed, working, or executing the processes within your computer system. If you are facing any problem in Microsoft Windows, the Control Panel should be the first place you go to resolve it. Likewise, if you want to change the password of your Bitlocker, you can easily do so by going into the Control Panel. To do this, just follow these simple steps:
1. Open your Start menu from the bottom-left corner of your computer screen. Type Control Panel in the search bar. Click on the top result to open your Control Panel.
2. After that, you'll see a list of options in the Control Panel window. Select System and Security. From here, locate Bitlocker Drive Encryption. If you can't see it anywhere, switch the View By option to Large. This will help you find it better.
3. If you still can't view it, you can also search for the Bitlocker in the Start Menu search bar and open it from there.
4. Now, click on the Bitlocker encrypted drive for which you want to change the password. It will expand.
5. Now, select Change Password from the list of options.
6. Change Password window will appear. First, you will need to enter your old password. After that, type in your new password. You'll need to enter that twice for confirmation.
7. Now, click Change Password.
8. You'll see the message: The password has been successfully changed.
9. Note that it also gives a Back up your Recovery Key option. This will allow you to back up your Bitlocker Recovery Password in case you forget it in the future.
For a non-tech person, jumping into the Control Panel can seem like a pretty tricky task. If you are one of those, you can use our next method on the list that is changing your Bitlocker password with File Explorer.
Way 2: Change Bitlocker Password from File Explorer
Microsoft Windows comes with a pretty decent and user-friendly interface. There is no single or hard-core rule to get a task done. If you don't like logging into the control panel or the settings options, you can simply change your Bitlocker password from the File Explorer a well. To do that, follow these simple steps:
1. Open your File Explorer Window. A quick trick, you can do this by pressing Windows Key + E as well. From there, select This PC.
2. Select the Bitlocker encrypted drive and right-click it to open the drop-down menu. From that, select Change Bitlocker Password.
3. In some cases, your drive might be locked. In this case, you'll see a similar drop-down menu, as shown below:
4. From here, you'll have to select Unlock your Drive to see the Change Bitlocker Password option.
5. Bitlocker will show you a window to change your password. First, enter your old password. After that, type in your new password. You'll need to enter that twice to confirm.
6. Then, click on Change Password.
7. After that, you'll see a message, The password has been successfully changed.
There you have it. You successfully changed your Bitlocker password with no hassle. However, if you're unable to do so for some reason, you can try the next method, and it'll definitely work for you.
Way 3: Change Bitlocker Password via CMD
Command Prompt or cmd.exe is the command-line interpretation in Microsoft Windows. It allows the user to enter and execute commands, such as administrative functions, or troubleshoot issues. In rare cases, some users are not able to change their Bitlocker password with the previous methods. This can happen if you have forgotten your old password, or Bitlocker is not accepting it. If that happens, you can use Command Prompt to change/reset your Bitlocker Password. To do that, simply follow these simple steps:
1. Open the Start menu from the left-bottom corner of your computer screen.
2. Search CMD from the search bar.
3. Right-click on Command Prompt from the search results and select Run as Administrator. You can also select Run as Administrator from the right panel.
4. Now, enter the following command, "manage-bde -changepassword driveletter:" In this command, change the word driveletter with the letter of your Bitlocker encrypted drive, e.g., D or E.
After that, press Enter.
5. After that, the Command Prompt will ask you to enter the new password. While typing, you might notice that your cursor is not moving. For some people, it is easy to get confused due to the lack of visual confirmation. Again, you'll need to enter your password twice for confirmation.
6. Once the password has been successfully changed, you'll see a success message. After that, you can close the command prompt. Now, you can successfully lock or unlock the Bitlocker drive with your new password.
Now that you've reached the end of this article, we're going to assume you were successfully able to change/reset your Bitlocker password. Bitlocker is an in-built drive encryption tool in Microsoft Windows that allows you to protect your drive against unauthorized access. You can also set a password to help you restrict access to your encrypted drive. However, if you want to change it, this article provides easy ways on how you can change/reset your Bitlocker password in Windows 10. For that, you can either choose to change your password through Control Panel, Files Explorer, or CMD. Along the way, you might be prompted to enter your Windows password. In case you forget, you can use PassFab 4WinKey to easily recover it without any damage. And with that, I bid you farewell and Good luck!