If you are locked out of your Windows 10 PC and try to unlock the BitLocker encrypted drive but receive the error message BitLocker encryption on this drive is not compatible with your version of Windows, then this article is meant to help you. In this article, we will provide you with the potential solutions you can try to resolve this issue.
When you experience this problem, you receive the following error message;
BitLocker encryption on this drive is not compatible with your version of Windows. Try to open the drive using a newer version of Windows.
BitLocker encryption on this drive is not compatible with your version of Windows
If you are faced with this BitLocker encryption on this drive is not compatible with your version of Windows issue, you can try our recommended solutions below in no particular order and see if that helps resolve the issue.
- Check your Drive connection
- Update firmware and BIOS
- Try another Windows
Let’s take a look at the description of the process involved for each of the solutions listed.
1]Check your Drive connection
This solution requires you to open the PC (you may need the services of a hardware technician) and reset the SATA cables. Remove the Bitlocker reader from the computer, and then reconnect the reader to a different port.
If this solution fails to resolve the BitLocker encryption is not compatible problem, you can try the following solution.
2]Update firmware and BIOS
This solution requires you to try to update your Windows 10 computer BIOS and firmware and see if the BitLocker encryption is not compatible the problem will be solved. Otherwise, go to the next solution.
3]Try another Windows
If BitLocker drive is encrypted on Windows 7/8, this Bitlocker drive cannot be read on Windows 10 like Windows 10 uses XTS-AES encryption algorithms and old uses of Windows AES encryption algorithms, you need to try it on another Windows 7/8 computer.
If the BitLocker drive is encrypted on Windows 10 and chose New encryption mode, this BitLocker drive cannot read on Windows 7/8 as new XTS-AES Encryption Algorithm is incompatible with the old version of Windows, you need to try it on another Windows 10 computer.
We hope that one of these solutions will work for you.
However, if after exhausting all other possible options and none of the solutions worked, you can use BitLocker Repair Tool to access and recover data and files from inaccessible BitLocker encrypted drive and then reinstall Windows 10.