Hiding the Default BitLocker Drive Encryption Item in Control Panel

This topic describes how to hide the BitLocker Drive Encryption Control Panel item, which appears by default on Control Panel as part of the Windows operating system.

Note
Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) creates an additional, custom Control Panel item, called BitLocker Encryption Options, which enables end users to manage their PIN and password, turn on BitLocker for a drive, and check encryption.

See Understanding the BitLocker Encryption Options and BitLocker Drive Encryption Items in Control Panel to read about:

  • Differences between the MBAM and the default Control Panel items

  • Manage BitLocker shortcut menu that appears when you right-click a drive in Windows Explorer

Important
Do not change the Group Policy settings in the BitLocker Drive Encryption node. If you do, MBAM will not work correctly. When you configure the Group Policy settings in the MDOP MBAM (BitLocker Management) node, MBAM automatically configures the BitLocker Drive Encryption settings for you.

To hide the default BitLocker Drive Encryption item in Control Panel

  1. In the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) or in Advanced Group Policy Management, browse to User configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Control Panel.

  2. In the Details pane, double-click Hide specified Control Panel items, and then click Enabled.

  3. Click Show, click Add, and then type Microsoft.BitLockerDriveEncryption.

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