How to customize Context Menu of BitLocker Encrypted Drives in Windows 10

In this post, we will show you how to customize the context menu of BitLocker encrypted drives in Windows 10, by adding or removing action-specific commands. To do this, you need to edit the Windows Registry. But since this is a tedious process, we have created ready-to use .reg (registry) files which you need to just click on to add the entries to your Registry.

The BitLocker encrypted drives context menu commands we will be adding or removing are:

  • Turn BitLocker on or off
  • Manage BitLocker
  • Lock or Unlock Drive
  • Suspend or Resume BitLocker Protection.
  • Change BitLocker Password.

It is recommended that you create a system restore point before you proceed. Moreover, you must be signed in as an administrator to be able to add or remove the context menu items.

1] Add/Remove Turn BitLocker on

You can add or remove the Turn on BitLocker context menu from all fixed, OS, and removable drives for all users in Windows 10.

To Add:

  1. Download the zipped Registry files that are mentioned below:
  2. Save the .reg files to your desktop.
  3. Extract the contents of the zipped .reg files.
  4. Double-click the desired .reg file to merge it.
  5. You’ll get a UAC prompt, click Run > Yes > Yes > OK to allow the merge.
  6. You may now delete the downloaded .reg file.

To Remove:

To remove the context menu item, simple double-click on the specific reg file which removes those entries.

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

2] Add/Remove Manage BitLocker

You can add or remove the Manage BitLocker context menu from all unlocked drives encrypted by BitLocker for all users in Windows 10.

The procedure involved is the same as mentioned above. You just need to make sure that you are using the appropriate Reg files to add or remove this entry.

3] Add/Remove Unlock Drive

You can add or remove the Unlock Drive context menu from locked drives encrypted by BitLocker for all users in Windows 10.

The procedure involved is the same as mentioned above in No 1. You just need to make sure that you are using the appropriate Reg files to add or remove this entry.

4] Add/Remove Resume BitLocker Protection

You can add or remove the Resume BitLocker protection context menu from all suspended drives encrypted by BitLocker for all users in Windows 10.

The procedure involved is the same as mentioned above in No 1. You just need to make sure that you are using the appropriate Reg files to add or remove this entry.

5] Add/Remove Change BitLocker Password

You can add or remove the Change BitLocker password context menu from all drives encrypted by BitLocker for all users in Windows 10.

The procedure involved is the same as mentioned above in No 1. You just need to make sure that you are using the appropriate Reg files to add or remove this entry.

When you remove the Change BitLocker password context menu, it will also gray-out Change password/PIN in the BitLocker button drop menu in the “Drive Tools” Manage tab of the ribbon. You will still be able to change the BitLocker password for a drive from the Control Panel.

6] Add/Remove Turn off BitLocker

You can add or remove a Turn off BitLocker context menu for all fixed, OS, and removable drives encrypted by BitLocker for all users in Windows 10. When you turn off BitLocker for a drive encrypted by BitLocker, it will completely decrypt the drive.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to add, use, or remove the ‘Turn off BitLocker’ context menu.

The procedure is a bit different here.

To Add:

  1. Move the turn-off-bitlocker.vbs file which was downloaded into the C:\Windows\System32 folder.
  2. Double-click the .reg file to that adds this context menu to merge it.

To Remove:

  1. Double-click the .reg file that removes this context menu to merge it.
  2. Open the C:\Windows\System32 folder, and delete the turn-off-bitlocker.vbs file.

7] Add/Remove Lock Drive

The procedure here is as follows.

To Add:

  1. Move the lock-drive.vbs file which was downloaded into the C:\Windows\System32 folder.
  2. Double-click the .reg file to that adds this context menu to merge it.

To Remove:

  1. Double-click the .zip file that removes this context menu to merge it.
  2. Open the C:\Windows\System32 folder, and delete the lock-drive.vbs file.

8] Add/Remove Suspend BitLocker protection

You can temporarily suspend or pause BitLocker protection whenever you like, for an unlocked drive encrypted by BitLocker. When you suspend BitLocker protection, it will remain unlocked and unprotected until you either manually resume BitLocker protection for the drive.

You can add or remove Suspend BitLocker protection to the context menu of all unlocked drives encrypted by BitLocker for all users in Windows 10.

The procedure here is as follows.

To Add:

  1. Move the suspend-bitlocker.vbs file which was downloaded into the C:\Windows\System32 folder.
  2. Double-click the .reg file to that adds this context menu to merge it.

To Remove:

  1. Double-click the .zip file to that removes this context menu to merge it.
  2. Open the C:\Windows\System32 folder, and delete the suspend-bitlocker.vbs file.

You can download all the Registry files & VBS files that remove or add these context menu items by clicking here:

  1. Add-Turn-BitLocker-on.reg.
  2. Remove-Turn-BitLocker-on.reg.
  3. Add-Turn-BitLocker-off.reg.
  4. Turn-off-BitLocker.vbs.
  5. Remove-Turn-BitLocker-off.reg.
  6. Add-Manage-BitLocker.reg.
  7. Remove-Manage-BitLocker.reg.
  8. Add-Lock-Drive.reg.
  9. Remove-Lock-Drive.reg.
  10. Lock-drive.vbs.
  11. Add-Unlock-Drive.reg.
  12. Remove-Unlock-Drive.reg.
  13. Add-Change-BitLocker-Password.reg.
  14. Remove-Change-BitLocker-Password.reg.
  15. Add-Suspend-BitLocker-Protection.reg.
  16. Suspend-BitLocker.vbs.
  17. Remove-Suspend-BitLocker-Protection.reg.
  18. Add-Resume-BitLocker-Protection.reg.
  19. Remove-Resume-BitLocker-Protection.reg.

This is how you can easily add or remove commands to the context menu of BitLocker encrypted drives in Windows 10.

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Obinna Onwusobalu, MCSA MCTS MCITP, has studied Information & Communication Technology and is a keen follower of the Windows ecosystem. He runs a computer software clinic. He says, it's best practice to create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system.