Disable Windows BitLocker at Windows 11 Installation

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Microsoft confirms that Windows 11 24H2 will enable BitLocker encryption by default. Read more here.

The good news is that it is still possible to perform a Windows 11 installation without BitLocker encryption being enabled by default.


Installing Windows 11 without BitLocker

During installation, you can disable BitLocker Device Encryption using a simple Registry edit.

  • When you arrive at screen 1 (see image below) press Shift + F10 to open the Command Prompt window.
  • Type regedit and press Enter to launch Registry Editor.
  • Navigate to the subkey HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\BitLocker
  • Right-click the empty side and select the New > Dword (32-bit) Value option from the context menu.
  • Name the value: PreventDeviceEncryption
  • Set the Value data field to 1 and click OK.
  • Close the Registry Editor and continue installation as usual.




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