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Manage-bde: off

Published: April 17, 2012

Updated: August 21, 2013

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2

Decrypts the drive and turns off BitLocker. All key protectors are removed when decryption is complete. For examples of how this command can be used, see Examples.

manage-bde -off [<Volume>] [-computername <Name>] [{-?|/?}] [{-help|-h}]


Parameter Description


A drive letter followed by a colon, a volume GUID path, or a mounted volume.


Specifies that Manage-bde.exe will be used to modify BitLocker protection on a different computer. You can also use -cn as an abbreviated version of this command.


Represents the name of the computer on which to modify BitLocker protection. Accepted values include the computer's NetBIOS name and the computer's IP address.

-? or /?

Displays brief Help at the command prompt.

-help or -h

Displays complete Help at the command prompt.

The following example illustrates using the -off command to turn off BitLocker on drive C.

manage-bde –off C:

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