How to Turn On or Off Device Encryption in Windows 10  

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  1. Brink's Avatar
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    hdmi said:
    Out of the box, my Medion Akoya S15450 laptop, that came with Windows 10 Home 2004 preinstalled, asked me this (slightly cryptic) question: "Do you want to use BitLocker?" so, because this question can be a part of the normal OOBE and because it uses the term BitLocker without mentioning anything whatsoever about "device encryption", maybe you should update this tutorial to avoid any possible confusion. That is, to make the proper distinction between standard BitLocker and what appears to be officially called "BitLocker drive encryption" and "BitLocker automatic device encryption".
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/win.../oem-bitlocker
    Hello mate,

    "Device Encryption" is "BitLocker automatic device encryption". I've added more info to the top of the tutorial to help.

    Usually, Device Encryption will always be turned on automatically unless the OEM adds something like that during setup.
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    Brink said:
    Hello mate,

    "Device Encryption" is "BitLocker automatic device encryption". I've added more info to the top of the tutorial to help.

    Usually, Device Encryption will always be turned on automatically unless the OEM adds something like that during setup.
    Yeah, but I mean the OOBE calls it "BitLocker", so not "BitLocker automatic device encryption" nor "Device encryption" nor "BitLocker drive encryption". So that's the confusing part when trying to figure out OOBE.
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  3. Brink's Avatar
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    hdmi said:
    Yeah, but I mean the OOBE calls it "BitLocker", so not "BitLocker automatic device encryption" nor "Device encryption" nor "BitLocker drive encryption". So that's the confusing part when trying to figure out OOBE.
    It does get confusing since technically it's all "BitLocker".

    Think of "Device Encryption" as the Home edition (OS drive only) BitLocker, while the Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions have full "BitLocker".
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    Brink said:
    It does get confusing since technically it's all "BitLocker".

    Think of "Device Encryption" as the Home edition (OS drive only) BitLocker, while the Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions have full "BitLocker".
    I know. Just saying, the tutorial doesn't point out this fact, that the (nondescript) "BitLocker" question that can appear in the OOBE of Windows 10 Home is actually referring to "Device Encryption", therefore some inexperienced users might have trouble trying to find that out, i.e. when they read your tutorials about BitLocker.
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