"Lock Drive" - Add to Context Menu of BitLocker Drives

Add "Lock Drive" to Unlocked BitLocker Drives Context Menu in Windows 7 and Windows 8


information   Information
To lock an unlocked fixed data drive (ex: internal hard drive) encrypted by BitLocker, you would normally restart the computer.

To lock an unlocked removable data drive (ex: USB drive) encrypted by BitLocker, you would normally disconnect it or restart the computer.

In Windows 8, if you have auto-unlock turned on for a data drive, then it will automatically be unlocked when connected (removable data drive) or you sign in to Windows 8 (fixed data drive).


This tutorial will show you how to add "Lock Drive" to the context menu of all unlocked fixed and removable data drives encrypted by BitLocker to be able to lock the drive in Windows 7 and Windows 8 without having to restart the computer for fixed data drives, disconnect removable data drives, and still be able to leave auto-unlock turned on for any data drives.

Note   Note
You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in the tutorial, and to be able to use the "Lock Drive" context menu item.

"Lock Drive" is purposely not added to the context menu of the C: OS drive since it contains the current running operating system, and cannot be locked while Windows 8 is running.

warning   Warning
In Windows 7, BitLocker Drive Encryption is only available in the Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows 7 Enterprise editions.

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


EXAMPLE: "Lock Drive" in Context Menu
Lock_Drive_Context_Menu.jpg





OPTION ONE

To Add "Lock Drive" to Context Menu of Unlocked BitLocker Drives


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

2. Save the .ZIP file to your desktop, and open it.​
3. Extract (drag and drop) the contents (.vbs and .reg files) from inside the ZIP file to your desktop.​
4. Unblock the extracted lock-bde.vbs file.​
5. In File Explorer (Windows 8) or Windows Explorer (Windows 7), navigate to C:\Windows\System32, and copy/move the lock-bde.vbs file into the System32 folder.​
6. If prompted, click/tap on Continue and Yes to approve.​
7. Double click/tap on the extracted .reg file to merge it.​
8. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK.​
Note   Note
When you lock a drive encrypted by BitLocker, you will be prompted by UAC to click/tap on "Yes" to approve first. After a moment, the drive will be locked.

Note   Note

If the drive has been turned off due to being idle, then it will take a few more seconds to be locked while it waits for the HDD to spin back up.​








OPTION TWO

Remove "Lock Drive" from Context Menu of Unlocked BitLocker Drives


NOTE: This is the default setting.
1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below.​
Remove_Lock_Drive_from_Context_Menu.reg
download
2. Save the .reg file to your desktop.​
3. Double click/tap on the .reg file to merge it.​
4. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK.​
5. In File Explorer (Windows 8) or Windows Explorer (Windows 7), navigate to C:\Windows\System32, and delete the lock-bde.vbs file.​
6. If prompted, click/tap on Yes (UAC) to approve deleting the lock-bde.vbs file.​


That's it,
Shawn


 

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Using OPTION TWO in the tutorial will remove the "Lock drive" context menu item completely.
 

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You're most welcome. :)
 

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System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
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Thank you so much...... It worked for me.... ("Lock Drive" option never used to appear in drop- down before). Now :thumb: :thumb:

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I'm glad is could help Subas Ngarden, and welcome to Eight Forums. :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
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