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Windows 7: Lock Drive with Bitlocker?

13 Dec 2009   #1
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 
Lock Drive with Bitlocker?

just wondering, when a drive has been unlocked with bitlocker, is there a way to lock it again without restarting the PC?


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10 Feb 2010   #2
Raggyman

Windows 7 RC.
 
 

How to re-lock a Bitlocker drive

So you've turned on Bitlocker encryption for a drive. You've unlocked it and done your work, but how do you re-lock it? Here's how to add an entry to the right-click context menu to re-lock the drive.

1. Open up Notepad and type in the following, replacing 'E:' with the drive letter of your Bitlocker drive:
manage-bde -lock E: forcedismount
2. Save the file as lock.bat somewhere accessible, such as C:\Windows or C:\Program Files\

3. Open up Registry Editor. Navigate to the following Key:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell
4. Create a new key named runas with the default value set to Lock.
5. Now right-click on runas in the left window pane and create a new key called command.

6. Set the value of the Default Entry to c:\windows\lock.bat or whatever locaiton you chose at step 2.

7. Navigate back to the runas key and create a new String Value called AppliesTo. Set the value to E: or whichever drive you have encrypted.

8. Goto Windows Explorer and test your new right-click context menu entry!

Use caution when in Registry!

This feature is implemented in Vista, so I guess it will be in Windows 7 too.
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10 Feb 2010   #3
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Hi Raggyman and welcome to Windows 7 Forums

id forgotten about this post.... thanks for this iv been doing it through Command Prompt, but this is a much easier way +rep+
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