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How to Add or Remove 'Manage BitLocker' Context Menu from Drives in Windows

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You can use BitLocker Drive Encryption to help protect your files on an entire drive. BitLocker can help block hackers from accessing the system files they rely on to discover your password, or from accessing your drive by physically removing it from your PC and installing it in a different one. You can still sign in to Windows and use your files as you normally would.

BitLocker can encrypt the drive Windows is installed on (the operating system drive) as well as fixed data drives (such as internal hard drives). You can also use BitLocker To Go to help protect all files stored on a removable data drive (such as an external hard drive or USB flash drive).

After a drive has been encrypted and protected with BitLocker, administrators can either right click on the drive in explorer and click/tap on Manage BitLocker OR use the Manage BitLocker page in the BitLocker Drive Encryption item in Control Panel to turn off BitLocker for the drive, suspend or resume BitLocker protection for the drive, change the password to unlock the drive, remove the password from the drive, add a smart card to unlock the drive, back up the recovery key, automatically unlock the drive, and reset the PIN.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Manage BitLocker context menu from all unlocked drives encrypted by BitLocker for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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

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When you remove the Manage BitLocker context menu, it will also gray out Manage BitLocker in the menu of the BitLocker button in the Drive Tools Manage tab of the ribbon. You will still be able to manage BitLocker for a drive from the Control Panel.


For Windows 7, BitLocker Drive Encryption is only available in the Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise editions.

For Windows 8/8.1, BitLocker Drive Encryption is only available in the Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise editions.

For Windows 10, BitLocker Drive Encryption is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise, and Windows 10 Education editions.


EXAMPLE: "Manage BitLocker" context menu
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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. To Add "Manage BitLocker" to Context Menu of Encrypted Drives

NOTE: 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

download


 3. To Remove "Manage BitLocker" from Context Menu of Encrypted Drives

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

download

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


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