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3 Steps to Fix BitLocker Missing from Control Panel in Windows 10

Windows BitLocker helps encrypt the operating system drive, fixed data drives, and removable data drives. Normally, Windows users can find BitLocker Drive Encryption in the Control Panel. However, some users reported that BitLocker was missing from their Windows 10 Control Panel. What’s going on? If you have the same problem, follow the three steps below to retrieve the BitLocker missing from the Control Panel.


Step 1: Check for edition of operating system

Normally, BitLocker is available in the editions of Windows 10 covering Windows 10 Professional, Windows 10 Enterprise, and Windows 10 Education, whereas Windows 10 Home does not support BitLocker Drive Encryption. Therefore, checking for Windows edition is the first step.

Press Win + Pause/Break keys to open the system properties window, where you can check your Windows edition.

check Windows edition

If you find that you’re using Windows 10 Home edition, to use BitLocker encryption, you can upgrade your Windows edition to an edition that supports BitLocker. If you’re sure that the Windows edition is not the reason why BitLocker is missing from Control Panel, continue to the next step.

Step 2: Recover BitLocker via Windows Services

1. Open Run dialog box with Win + R hotkeys. Input services.msc and hit Enter. This will open the Windows Services.

open Services.msc

2. In the Services window, navigate to the service named BitLocker Drive Encryption Service and double-click it.

double-click BitLocker Service

3. In the pop-up dialog, if the Service status is stopped, tap on the Start button to enable BitLocker Drive Encryption Service.

click Start button

4. After the Service status marks as running, select Automatic from the Startup type drop-down menu. Lastly, tap on Apply and Ok to confirm the settings.

select Automatic type

5. Restart the computer, and BitLocker will show in Control Panel. If BitLocker is still missing from Control Panel after a reboot, continue with the last step.

Step 3: Open BitLocker Control Panel with CMD

1. Type cmd in the “Type here to search” bar. When the Command Prompt shortcut appears in the search results list, select Run as administrator at the right-hand pane.

run CMD as administrator

2. In the elevated Command Prompt window that opens, copy and paste the following command and press Enter.

control /name Microsoft.BitLockerDriveEncryption

input command in CMD

3. If it goes well, this command will launch BitLocker Drive Encryption from Control Panel.

open BitLocker Control Panel

Final Tips

Hope you can retrieve the missing BitLocker in the Control Panel through the above three steps. If none of the methods work, try a BitLocker alternative like iSumsoft BitLocker Reader. Otherwise, you have to reinstall Windows 10 to restore BitLocker.