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Add BitLocker Status for Drive Context Menu in Windows 11

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 use 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).

The BitLocker Status context menu uses the manage-bde status command to provide information about a drive on the computer; whether or not it is BitLocker-protected, including:

  • Size
  • BitLocker version
  • Conversion status
  • Percentage encrypted
  • Encryption method
  • Protection status
  • Lock status
  • Identification field
  • Key protectors

Knowing the current BitLocker Drive Encryption status of a drive can help you to manage BitLocker settings for the drive.

This tutorial will show you how to add BitLocker Status to the context menu of all drives in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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