How to Bypass BitLocker Recovery Key Blue Screen in Windows 11/10

Getting stuck in a BitLocker recovery key blue loop can be quite frustrating. Since there are many causes of the blue screen, this tutorial provides 9 methods to fix how to bypass BitLocker recovery key in Windows 11/10. Read and get detailed instructions below.


By Phoebe / Updated on March 26, 2024

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Why am I getting a BitLocker recovery screen?


I have a Lenovo Ideapad 3 running Windows 11. It ran the update and now the Bitlocker recovery screen appears. I don't have it enabled and don't have a recovery key. I contacted Lenovo and they told me that this happens sometimes with Windows 11 and that I could pay them $129 to send me media to reinstall. I don't know why I have to pay to fix a Microsoft bug in Windows 11. Please let me know how to bypass BitLocker recovery key without paying Lenovo $129."

- From Microsoft Community

The BitLocker drive encryption feature is developed by Microsoft to help users encrypt their private data, thereby protecting these files from unauthorized access. During the process of encrypting a specific drive with BitLocker, a BitLocker recovery key is automatically generated. This 48-digit password can be used to unlock the system if BitLocker cannot confirm authorization to access the system drive.

Normally, BitLocker should not ask for the BitLocker recovery key when the PC boots up during normal startup. However, in some cases, many users may find that they are prompted to enter their BitLocker recovery key when booting Windows 11, 10, 8, 7. Here are some reasons:

✎ Incorrect password entered too many times

✎ New boot/BIOS menu changes

✎ Auto-unlock option enabled

✎ Outdated BIOS

✎ Secure boot issues

✎ Installation of problematic updates

✎ Hardware changes



How to bypass BitLocker recovery key screen

Getting stuck on the recovery key blue screen is quite frustrating. But the good news is that the BitLocker recovery loop can be bypassed with the right methods. Taking into account the different reasons behind this, this section gives corresponding solutions for each reason.

Tip: Keeping your data safe is very important. Clone the BitLocker encrypted hard drive before proceeding.

Way 1. Enter the BitLocker recovery key

As mentioned above, if you enter the wrong password multiple times, you may encounter the BitLocker recovery key screen. So, the easiest way on how to bypass BitLocker recovery key on Dell laptop, HP laptop or other desktop is to enter the correct password. If you have saved the BitLocker recovery key in your Microsoft account, visit your Microsoft account for your key. What if you forget your recovery key ID? How to bypass BitLocker without recovery key? Follow the steps below:

Tip: This method applies to a school or work Azure account.

Step 1. When you reach the BitLocker recovery screen, press Esc on your keyboard.


Step 2. The recovery key will appear on the screen immediately. Write it down or photograph it because it will disappear within a few minutes.


Step 3. Contact your system administrator and provide the recovery key ID.

Step 4. Your system administrator can find your recovery key in Active Directory (AD) using the recovery key you provided.

Tip: Look for more ways to get BitLocker recovery key in Windows 11.

Way 2. Suspend BitLocker protection

How to bypass BitLocker recovery key when you log into your computer and you no longer want to see it? You can temporarily suspend protection.

Step 1. Click Start, type Control Panel, and select the top result.

Step 2. Navigate to System and Security > BitLocker Drive Encryption.

Step 3. Find the BitLocker encrypted drive and select Suspend protection.


Way 3. Remove BitLocker Protectors using Command Prompt

Another way to bypass BitLocker blue screen without recovery key is to remove BitLocker Protectors from the Command Prompt option. Follow the steps:

Step 1. On the BitLocker recovery screen, don't enter the recovery key instead, press Esc for more BitLocker recovery options, and click Skip this drive in the right corner.

Step 2. Navigate to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Command Prompt one by one.


Step 3. In the WinRE Command Prompt window, manually type the command: manage-bde -unlock C: -rp. Press Enter to unlock the BitLocker drive.

Step 4. Then type the command: manage-bde -protectors -disable C:. Press Enter to remove the BitLocker protectors from your startup drive.


Step 5. Now exit the Command Prompt window and boot into your PC.

Way 4. Update the BIOS

Updating the BIOS to the latest version might resolve the BitLocker password prompt screen. Here is a step-by-step guide:

Step 1. Press Windows + X keys together and select Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu.

Step 2. Enter the following command line in the command prompt and press Enter.

wmic bios get serialnumber


Way 5. Turn the Secure Boot on or off

Secure Boot is one security feature available for Windows. It safeguards your computer from malware by confirming that the software you're using has been signed by a trusted authority. Some users reported that turning on or off the Secure Boot can help to fix how to bypass BitLocker recovery key Windows 11/10/8.

Follow these steps to enable or disable Secure Boot:

Step 1. On the BitLocker recovery screen, press Esc for more BitLocker recovery options, and click Skip this drive in the right corner.

Step 2. Go to the next screen, select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > UEFI Firmware Settings one by one.

Step 3. Restart your computer, and then go to the Security > Secure Boot > Change Configuration.

Step 4. Modify its status and set it to Disabled.


Way 6. Switch to the Legacy Boot

Since Windows 10 uses a new graphical boot menu, sometimes changing Legacy to UEFI will cause the BitLocker recovery key bypass problem. In this way, you need to switch your Windows system's BIOS mode from UEFI to Legacy mode. Follow these steps:

Step 1. Press Windows + X keys together. Select Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu.


Step 2. In the command prompt, enter the following command line and press Enter.

bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy


⚠️Note: Switching the mode from BIOS to Legacy may cause the startup screen appearance change.

Way 7. Turn off auto-unlock

Turning on the auto-unlock feature for BitLocker enables you to automatically unlock your computer during startup without entering a password. This may also cause the reappearing BitLocker recovery key screen. Follow the steps to turn it off:

Step 1. Click Start, type Control Panel, and select the top result.

Step 2. Navigate to BitLocker Drive Encryption.

Step 3. Locate your BitLocker encrypted drive and click Turn off auto-unlock.


Step 4. Restart your computer to save the changes.

Way 8. Uninstall the newly installed hardware

It is possible to see the loop If you have made some changes to the computer's hardware recently. You can uninstall those the newly installed hardware to check if the BitLocker recovery screen is still there:

Step 1. Press the Windows key, type update, you will see Check for updates, and click Open.

Step 2. Under Windows Update section, click View update history. (Windows 11 users can select "Update History".)


Step 3. Click Uninstall updates.


Step 4. Locate your problematic update, double-click on it, and continue to uninstall the hardware.

Step 5. Click Yes to confirm the action.


Way 9. Format the C: drive and reinstall Windows OS

If all the methods above failed, the last resort is to format the C drive drive and reinstall Windows OS. Since this formatting process will delete the operating system, booting files, and all other OS-related information, please make sure you have a copy beforehand or you do not need these data any more. Refer to steps below you can unlock BitLocker drive without recovery key and password:

Step 1. On the BitLocker recovery screen, press Esc for more BitLocker recovery options, and click Skip this drive in the right corner.

Step 2. Navigate to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Command Prompt one by one.


Step 3. In the WinRE Command Prompt window, manually type the following commands one by one and press Enter after each line:

► list disk

► select disk 1 (replace 1 with the encrypted disk number)

► list partition

► select partition 1 (replace 1 with the encrypted partition number)

► format fs=fat32 (replace fat32 with other file systems such as ntf and exfat)


Step 4. These command lines will format your C drive. You can reinstall Windows OS from a USB or other external installers.

How to recover data from encrypted hard drive

As said before, formatting your C drive will delete all the data and cause data loss. If you are reluctant to lose files, there is a BitLocker data recovery software to recover deleted files from BitLocker encrypted drive on Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7 systems.

With the "Recover Data" feature of AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, you can easily restore deleted or lost data from USB, external hard drives, and other storage devices. Its intuitive design and step-by-step guides inside, even the Windows beginners can manage their disk partitions in an easy manner.

Download the demo version and have a try.

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Step 1. Install and launch this AOMEI program. Navigate to Recovery > Recover Data in the main taskbar.


Step 2. The software will start the recovery process automatically. Select the drive you want to recover data and click Start Scan.


Step 3. All deleted or lost files will be displayed after the scan is completed. Use the filter or search option to find the lost files or folders you need. Select the files and click Recover ** files.


Step 4. Select a saved path path on your PC to store the retrieved data and click Select Folder.


Step 5. When the recovery process finishes, click OK.


Final words

Guess now you have already learned how to bypass BitLocker recovery key screen in Windows 11/10/8/7. AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional can help users recover data from formatted drives if you pick the last option.

Windows Home users who want to encrypt their external hard drives, USB flash drives, and internal drives can use the AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional as an alternative as well. This program also supports other features such as resizing encrypted partitions and moving installed programs to free up space in C drive. For Windows servers, please try the Server Edition.

Phoebe · Staff Editor
Phoebe, an editor at AOMEI Technology, is dedicated to offering optimal solutions for Windows-related concerns, specializing in partition management, disk upgrades, data recovery, and more. During her free time, she enjoys indulging in reading, watching movies, and exploring her passion for cooking.