Encrypting a College-Owned Computer (Windows 10)

Posted May 17th, 2019 at 3:56 pm.


We strongly recommend installing Code42 (CrashPlan) before encrypting your computer. Backing up your computer makes data recovery possible should anything go wrong.

Set aside 30 minutes of relatively uninterrupted time to encrypt your computer. Any work you try to do on your computer while completing the steps below might not be saved.

Follow these steps to encrypt your College-owned computer:

  1. You must be connected to the Bryn Mawr College wired network (ethernet must be plugged in).
  2. Open Software Center. Click on the Operating Systems category in the app’s left-hand side. There, click on Encryption.
  3. Click Install. You will see a message asking you to “Confirm you want to upgrade the operating system on this computer.” Click Install again.
  4. You will see a status bar that confirms Encryption is running. After several minutes, your computer will restart automatically.
  5. After your computer restarts, you’ll see a screen that says “System Center Configuration Manager.” Let the computer run.
  6. After a few minutes, a different status bar will pop up that confirms Encryption is running. After a few more minutes, your computer will restart again.
  7. Your computer will continue to run, then it will restart automatically one last time.
  8. When prompted, log in as usual with your College username and password.
  9. Your computer will continue to encrypt itself for several hours (it will resume automatically if it gets interrupted) and will require no further actions from you. You can now use your computer as you normally would.

Note: Once you have run the Encryption installer, it will no longer appear in software center. (If it does, don’t worry—it should go away sometime soon.)

Interested in encrypting an email? See our tech doc on Using Email Encryption in Office 365.

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