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What Is bitlockerwizardelev.exe & How to Fix Bitlocker Drive Encryption Wizard Has Stopped Working?

A comprehensive guide about the BitLockerWizardElev.exe file and how to disable it


The Windows operating system comes with numerous background processes and BitLockerWizardElev.exe is one of them. In a previous guide, we talked about other executable files like Bdeunlock.exe and Bioiso.exe so do well to check them out.

In this article, we will focus on the BitLockerWizardElev.exe file and help you understand everything there is to know about this process.

What is BitLockerWizardElev.exe?

The BitLockerWizardElev.exe is an executable file with the Microsoft Windows system, responsible for running or installing software on Windows computers. Some of the functions of this file are listed below.

  • It allows you to choose files that you want to encrypt.
  • It runs the BitLocker Drive Encryption Wizard.
  • It ensures the protection of encrypted drives.
  • It also generates a recovery key that can be used to access your encrypted drives in cases where you forget your password.

Why has Bitlocker Drive Encryption Wizard stopped working?

There are many reasons why BitLockerWizardElev.exe might stop working. Some of these factors are listed below:

  • BitLockerWizardElev.exe will not work if the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is outdated.
  • You will encounter this problem if the TPM is not compatible with BitLocker.
  • This process will not run if the BitLocker files are missing or corrupted.
  • The BitLocker Drive Encryption Wizard will not work if it conflicts with another drive on your system.
  • If the BitLocker feature is disabled, you will also face this problem.

What should I do when Bitlocker Drive Encryption Wizard stops working?

1. Enable the BitLocker feature

  1. Hold the Windows + R keys simultaneously, type gpedit.msc in the text field, and hit Enter.
  2. Under the Computer Configuration tab, select Administrative Templates.
  3. Next, double-click Windows Components on the right-hand side of your screen.
  4. Now, double-click on the BitLocker Drive Encryption option.
  5. Double-click on Operating System Drives.
  6. Next, double-click Require additional authentication at startup.
  7. Click the radio button next to the Enabled option.
  8. Finally, reboot your system and check if the error persists.

2. Clear the TPM

  1. Open the Run dialogue by pressing Windows + R together, then type tpm.msc in the text field.
  2. Under the Actions section on the right, choose Clear TPM.
  3. In the Clear TPM section, the easiest solution is to pick I don’t have the owner password and hit OK.
  4. You will need to restart your device. If prompted to press a key, hit F10 to clear the TPM.
  5. When your system restarts, you must press a key (F10) to enable TPM.
  6. The TPM Setup wizard will start and you will be required to create a TPM password.
  7. This process should help fix the problem.

How do I remove BitLocker encryption?

1. Use the Windows GUI mode

  1. Hold Windows + S to open the search dialogue, type control panel in the text field, and choose the relevant option.
  2. In the next menu, select BitLocker Drive Encryption.
  3. Pick the required drive and click Turn Off BitLocker.
  4. When you get a pop-up menu, click the Turn off BitLocker button.
  5. Reboot your device to implement these changes.

How to disable BitLocker in cmd?

  1. Press Windows + R to open the Run dialogue, type cmd in the text field, then hold Ctrl + Shift + Enter simultaneously to open the command prompt in administrator mode.
  2. Execute the command below to verify the encryption status of BitLocker in the system.
    manage-bde -status
  3. Make sure the result for the required drives (C:, or D:) are as follows:
    Conversion Status : Fully Decrypted
    Percentage Encrypted : 0.0%

  4. If the status shows Percentage Encrypted : 100.0%, run the command below to decrypt BitLocker for the required drive. Replace drive letter with the drive (C: or D:).
    manage-bde -off <drive letter>:
  5. Reboot your system to implement these changes.

In conclusion, following the steps suggested in this article should help you fix any problem associated with the BitLockerWizardElev.exe and get your system up and running quickly.

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