Privacy and Security Add Turn off BitLocker context menu in Windows 11


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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 to encrypt the operating system drive (Windows drive), fixed data drives (internal hard drives), and removable data drives (external hard drive or USB flash drive).

When you turn off BitLocker for a drive encrypted by BitLocker, it will completely decrypt the drive.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove a Turn off BitLocker context menu for all drives encrypted by BitLocker for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

You must be signed in as an administrator to turn add, remove, and use the Turn off BitLocker context menu.

BitLocker Drive Encryption is only available in the Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.



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EXAMPLE: "Turn off BitLocker" context menu

When you right click on a BitLocker encrypted drive, you will need to click/tap on Show more options first, then click/tap on Turn off BitLocker.


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OPTION ONE

Add Turn off BitLocker Context Menu


1 Click/tap on the Download button below to download the ZIP file below.

Add_Turn_off_Bitlocker_to_context_menu.zip


2 Save the .zip file to your desktop.

3 Unblock the .zip file.

4 Open the .zip file, and extract (drag and drop) the Add_Turn_off_Bitlocker_to_context_menu.reg and decrypt-bde.bat files to your desktop.

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

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\decrypt-bde]
@="Turn off BitLocker"
"AppliesTo"="(System.Volume.BitLockerProtection:=System.Volume.BitLockerProtection#On"
"HasLUAShield"=""
"MultiSelectModel"="Single"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\decrypt-bde\command]
@="PowerShell -windowstyle hidden -command \"Start-Process cmd -ArgumentList '/s,/k, decrypt-bde.bat %1' -Verb runAs\""

(Contents of BAT file for reference)
Code:
@echo off
manage-bde -off %~d1

5 Copy/Move the decrypt-bde.bat file into the C:\Windows folder, and click/tap on Continue when prompted to approve. (see screenshot below)

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6 Double click/tap on the Add_Turn_off_Bitlocker_to_context_menu.reg file to merge it.

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

8 You can now delete any remaining files on your desktop if you like.





OPTION TWO

Remove Turn off BitLocker Context Menu


This is the default setting.


1 Click/tap on the Download button below to download the REG file below.

Remove_Turn_off_Bitlocker_from_context_menu.reg


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

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\decrypt-bde]

2 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

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

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

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

6 Open the C:\Windows folder, delete the decrypt-bde.bat file, and click/tap on Continue when prompted to approve. (see screenshot below)

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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