Privacy and Security Add or Remove Manage BitLocker Context Menu in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the "Manage BitLocker" context menu on drives encrypted by BitLocker or Device Encryption for all users Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Device Encryption is a Windows feature that provides a simple way for some devices to enable BitLocker encryption automatically. Device encryption is available on all Windows versions, and it requires a device to meet either Modern Standby or HSTI security requirements. Device Encryption is only available for the operating system drive.

BitLocker Drive Encryption is a data protection feature that integrates with the operating system and addresses the threats of data theft or exposure from lost, stolen, or inappropriately decommissioned drives and computers. You can turn on BitLocker protection for operating system drives, fixed drives, and removable drives.

When you turn on BitLocker or Device Encryption for a drive, Manage BitLocker is added to that drive's context menu. The "Manage BitLocker" context menu opens the BitLocker Drive Encryption control panel where you can manage BitLocker settings for the drive, such as: Suspend/Resume protection, Back up recovery key, Turn on/off BitLocker, Change password, Add/Remove password, Turn on/off auto-unlock, etc..

When you turn off BitLocker or Device Encryption for a drive, Manage BitLocker is removed from that drive's context menu.

If you prefer a cleaner less cluttered context menu, you are able to remove the "Manage BitLocker" context menu on all drives without having to turn off turn off BitLocker or Device Encryption.

You must be signed in as an administrator to add or remove the "Manage BitLocker" context menu.



EXAMPLE: "Manage BitLocker" context menu and "BitLocker Drive Encryption" control panel

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Here's How:

1 Do step 2 (add) or step 3 (remove) below for what you would like to do.

2 Add "Manage BitLocker" to context menu

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Add_Manage_BitLocker_to_context_menu.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\manage-bde]
@=hex(2):40,00,25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,\
  00,25,00,5c,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,66,00,\
  76,00,65,00,77,00,69,00,7a,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,2d,00,39,00,34,\
  00,39,00,00,00
"AppliesTo"="System.Volume.BitLockerProtection:=System.Volume.BitLockerProtection#On OR System.Volume.BitLockerProtection:=System.Volume.BitLockerProtection#Encrypting OR System.Volume.BitLockerProtection:=System.Volume.BitLockerProtection#Suspended"
"MultiSelectModel"="Single"
"LegacyDisable"=-

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\manage-bde\command]
@=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\
  00,5c,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,63,00,6f,00,\
  6e,00,74,00,72,00,6f,00,6c,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,65,00,20,00,2f,00,6e,00,61,\
  00,6d,00,65,00,20,00,4d,00,69,00,63,00,72,00,6f,00,73,00,6f,00,66,00,74,00,\
  2e,00,42,00,69,00,74,00,4c,00,6f,00,63,00,6b,00,65,00,72,00,44,00,72,00,69,\
  00,76,00,65,00,45,00,6e,00,63,00,72,00,79,00,70,00,74,00,69,00,6f,00,6e,00,\
  20,00,2f,00,70,00,61,00,67,00,65,00,20,00,3f,00,49,00,6e,00,69,00,74,00,69,\
  00,61,00,6c,00,56,00,6f,00,6c,00,75,00,6d,00,65,00,3d,00,3d,00,25,00,31,00,\
  00,00

3 Remove "Manage BitLocker" from context menu

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Remove_Manage_BitLocker_from_context_menu.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\manage-bde]
"LegacyDisable"=""

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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