Manage-bde: autounlock


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

Manages the automatic unlocking of BitLocker-protected data drives. For examples of how this command can be used, see Examples.


manage-bde -autounlock [{-enable|-disable|-clearallkeys}] <Drive> [-computername <Name>] [{-?|/?}] [{-help|-h}]





Enables automatic unlocking for a data drive.


Disables automatic unlocking for a data drive.


Removes all stored external keys on the operating system drive.


Represents a drive letter followed by a colon.


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 -autounlock command to enable automatic unlocking of data drive E.

manage-bde –autounlock -enable E:

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