I’m going to assume you’re talking about BitLocker full-drive encryption, that your system drive is encrypted, and that the “additional hoop” you have to jump through is the extra password you need to specify when you reboot your machine.
Assuming you understand that anyone who steals your machine can access all the files on it, even without knowing your Windows log-in password, turning off BitLocker and decrypting your drive is a snap.
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Decrypting a BitLocker drive
Boot your machine and log in to Windows.
Run Windows File Explorer and right-click on the drive you want to decrypt. In the resulting context menu, click on Manage BitLocker.
In the resulting dialog, click on Turn off BitLocker.
Click on the Turn off BitLocker button in the subsequent confirmation message box.
The system goes to work decrypting your drive.
As the prior message said, decrypting can take a while. How long depends on the speed of your hard disk, the speed of your computer, and the amount of data you have stored on that drive.
After a while, the process completes.
You’re done! BitLocker has been turned off on that drive, and the data decrypted.
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