How to Change BitLocker Password in Windows 10

How to Change BitLocker Password in Windows 10

BitLocker debuted with Windows Vista in 2007. It encrypts and protects against unauthorized access or changes at the system or firmware level. To access the encrypted drive, a password or PIN (in the case of TMP chip) is required, ranging from 8 to 256 characters. This post will guide you on changing the BitLocker password in Windows 10.

There are several reasons for changing your password: difficulty in remembering or typing it, suspicion of compromise, and the practice of regular password changes for enhanced security.

1. Change BitLocker Password From Drive Menu

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Here is the first way. Press Windows key+E to open File Explorer and click on This PC. You will see a list of all the drives: internal and external. Right-click on the drive you want to change the password of and select Change BitLocker password.

Enter your old BitLocker password first, and then the new password that you wish to keep. Note that BitLocker passwords can contain alphabets, numbers, and symbols with a maximum limit of 256 characters.

Click on Change password to save changes. Note the new password somewhere offline, like a diary.

2. Change BitLocker Password from Control Panel

If the shortcut is not visible in the right-click menu, you can change the BitLocker password from Control Panel. Open the “Manage BitLocker” option from the Start menu. The BitLocker Control Panel options will appear. Select the drive name and choose “Change password.” In the pop-up window, you will find additional options next to the Drive. One of these options is “Back up your recovery key.” The recovery key will help you retrieve the BitLocker password if you forget it.

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How to Change BitLocker Password in Windows 10

Click on it to start the backup process. The first option will backup your recovery key to your Microsoft account, which is safe if you have enabled 2FA. You can also save it to a file or print it for offline storage. Follow the on-screen instructions after choosing an option.

3. Change BitLocker Password from Command Prompt

Some users cannot change the BitLocker password. But don’t worry, there is a CMD trick that works if you are unable to access the BitLocker settings in the usual way.

Search for CMD in the Start menu and select Run as administrator.

How to Change BitLocker Password in Windows 10

To change the password of a drive, replace ‘drive letter’ in the below command with the letter of the drive. For example, E (in caps) drive.

manage-bde -changepassword driveletter:

After entering the command, you will be prompted to enter the new password twice. Unlike the previous methods, you do not need to enter the old password. This feature is useful if you forget the old password. However, it raises the question of laptop security. Always lock your Windows 10 computer and use Windows Hello for added protection.

How to Change BitLocker Password in Windows 10

When entering a new password, note that the cursor will not move in the CMD. It is left blank for security reasons. Exercise caution when typing the new password, as there is no visual confirmation. However, you will be prompted to re-enter the new password for verification. If successful, a success message will appear. Feel free to attempt to unlock or lock the BitLocker drive with the new password.

BitLocker Alternative: VeraCrypt

Finding a BitLocker alternative is easy with VeraCrypt. I recommend VeraCrypt to Windows Home users because it is free, open-source, and user-friendly.

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VeraCrypt offers several encryption algorithms, including AES, Camellia, and Twofish. AES is the most popular and provides enterprise-grade encryption. With VeraCrypt, you can encrypt internal and external drives, partitions, and create virtual disks.

One impressive feature is Plausible Deniability, which allows you to present fake and random data to hackers instead of sensitive files. It’s a clever trick.

Lock Down

BitLocker is secure, especially when used on a computer with a TPM chip. Ensure you store your password in a safe place, preferably offline. Changing the BitLocker password is easy with Microsoft’s instructions.

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