[Easy Fixes] BitLocker Waiting for Activation, How to Turn off on Windows 11/10?

BitLocker waiting for activation, how to turn off? By following the 2 fixes, you can easily remove BitLocker waiting for activation and get a tip to easily manage BitLocker.


By Irene / Updated on March 1, 2024

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About BitLocker waiting for Activation


Both Windows 11 and 10 users have reported the BitLocker waiting for activation issues on various forums. In Disk Management, a volume appears as "BitLocker Encrypted," but the Control Panel shows it's "BitLocker waiting for activation."

- Question from Microsoft Community


BitLocker waiting for activation indicates that the Windows drive encryption feature, BitLocker, isn't fully active. In this state, the encryption process may be paused or incomplete. Despite the technical encryption of the drive, its protection is compromised due to BitLocker being in a suspended state.

That is to say, the drive is encrypted, but the recovery key, known as the Full Volume Encryption Key (FVEK), responsible for data protection, is stored in plain text on the disk. Consequently, unauthorized individuals can access the recovery key and decrypt the BitLocker drive.

When the BitLocker waiting for activation, how to turn off on Windows 10/11 and re-enable the utility to successfully protect the important data? This post will share with you 2 fixes. Continue to read and get the stepwise guidance.

Fix: BitLocker waiting for activation, how to turn off?

To address this, it's necessary to deactivate BitLocker waiting for activation and then re-enable it to ensure proper data protection.

Fix 1. Resume BitLocker suspension

If your BitLocker stuck on waiting for activation, you can run Command Prompt to turn off this utility. Now, follow the steps to resolve this problem.

Step 1. Press Windows key + X and choose "Command Prompt (Admin)" or "Windows PowerShell (Admin)" to open the command prompt window.

Step 2. Enter the following command and press Enter to suspend BitLocker on the C drive (replace C: with the appropriate drive letter if needed), this step is to suspend BitLocker:

manage-bde -protectors -disable C:

Step 3. Confirm that BitLocker is suspended by checking the status in the Control Panel or using the command:

manage-bde -status C:

Step 4. If you want to completely turn off BitLocker, enter the following command:

manage-bde -off C:

Fix 2. Complete BitLocker activation

To remove bitlocker waiting for activation, you can also go to control panel and follow the steps.

Step 1. Open an elevated Command Prompt and execute the command manage-bde c: -off to deactivate BitLocker without activation.

Step 2. Search for BitLocker, select "Manage BitLocker" from the top result.

Step 3. In the BitLocker Drive Encryption panel, click "Turn on BitLocker." Choose a method to back up your recovery key and follow on-screen instructions to complete fixing BitLocker waiting for activation how to turn off.


Once finished, the drive will be fully encrypted with BitLocker, ensuring access only with authorized rights.

Tip: How to easily deal with BitLocker problems?

If you find manage BitLocker on local is complex and prone to encounter tough errors that you cannot easily fix, you can use a third-party tool to effectively manage the utility. AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, a renowned computer problem solver has introduced a robust feature named BitLocker. It supports enabling BitLocker for Windows 10/11 users.

With the help of this software, you don’t have to worry about common problems such as forgetting the password, changing the password, or wanting to enable or disable BitLocker and then needing to search for guidance every time. It offers four options that allow you to manage BitLocker encryption with just a few clicks: back up the recovery key, change the password, lock the drive, and turn off BitLocker.

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1. Back up recovery key

Step 1. When setting and confirming a password to encrypt the drive, you can choose the way to back up the recovery key.


If you select "Save to a file", please choose a location on your PC to save the recovery key.


Tips: Please do not save the recovery key in the encrypted drive path. For example, it is unable to encrypt D: and save the recovery key on the same D: drive.

If you select "Print the recovery key", it will enable the print function on your PC to print the recovery key. Then, you can click the "Next" button to finish the backup process.


2. Change BitLocker password

Step 1. Locate the encrypted drive for which you want to change the password, then click on the option "Change password".


Step 2. You have two options for changing the password: Use password to change drive password or Use recovery key to change drive password. Choose the method you prefer.



Step 3. If the change is successful, you'll see a window that says "Password changed successfully".


3. Lock/Unlock the drive

If the drive is unlocked, you can click the option "Lock the drive" to lock it directly.


If the drive is already locked, "Unlock the drive" will be the only available option to manage BitLocker. You must unlock the drive before you can manage BitLocker settings for the drive.


4. Turn off BitLocker

Besides easily turning on BitLocker on Windows 10 Home, AOMEI Partition Assistant also offers an easy way to turn it off.

Step 1. Locate the encrypted drive you want to decrypt, then click the option "Turn off BitLocker".


Step 2. You have two options for decrypting the drive: Use password to decrypt the drive or Use recovery key to decrypt the drive. Choose the method that suits your needs. And then begin the closing process.



BitLocker waiting for activation, how to turn off? You can resume BitLocker suspension or complete BitLocker activation to easily turn off BitLocker waiting for activation. If you want to effectively manage the BitLocker, it is advisable to use AOMEI Partition Assistant.

This multifunctional software also supports cloning disk, OS migration, allocating free space, App Mover, and partition management. For Windows Server users, kindly please choose the AOMEI Partition Assistant Server for a compatible environment.

Irene · Staff Editor
Irene is an Editor of AOMEI Technology. She devotes herself in giving insightful thoughts on common computer problems with simple and clear guidance. Irene loves to help people solve problems and explore more solutions on relevant issues. She loves reading, singing and travelling.