Failed to open BitLocker control panel tool, 0x80004005 Windows 11

While setting up BitLocker on your Windows 11/10 PC, if you get the Failed to open BitLocker Control Panel tool error with a code 0x80004005, this article will solve the problem. Whether you encounter this error on Windows 11 or Windows 10, you should follow the same solutions in all versions.

The entire error message says something like this:

Failed to open BitLocker Control Panel tool, error code: 0x80004005

Failed to open BitLocker Control Panel tool, error 0x80004005

To fix the BitLocker Control Panel Tool, error code 0x80004005 on Windows 11/10, follow these suggestions:

  1. Check compatibility
  2. Enable BitLocker Drive Encryption Service
  3. Enable Group Policy setting
  4. Enable registry setting

Let’s see these steps in detail.

1]Check compatibility

This is the very first thing you need to check when you get the Failed to open BitLocker Control Panel tool error on your computer. If the correct components are not installed, you will not be able to use BitLocker on your computer. The best thing is that you can find this compatibility without using any third-party apps.

To check whether your computer is BitLocker-enabled or not, follow these steps:

  • To research system information in the taskbar search box.
  • Click it Execute as administrator option.
  • Click it Yes button in the UAC prompt.
  • Find it Device encryption support section.

If he shows Responds to indirect benefits, you can use BitLocker on your computer. However, if it shows another message stating the incompatibility, then you cannot use BitLocker on your Windows 11/10 PC.

2]Enable BitLocker Drive Encryption Service

Failed to open BitLocker Control Panel tool

There is a service named BitLocker Drive Encryption Service, which is responsible for running BitLocker on your computer. Whether you are using Windows 11 or Windows 10, you must run this service in the background in order to continue to have the BitLocker function. However, if it is stopped or disabled for some reason, you will not be able to use BitLocker.

Therefore, follow these steps to enable the BitLocker Drive Encryption service:

  • To research services in the taskbar search box.
  • Click on the individual search result.
  • Double click on the BitLocker Drive Encryption Service.
  • Click it To start up button.
  • Click it OKAY button.

After that, you will be able to use BitLocker without any errors.

3]Enable Group Policy setting

Failed to open BitLocker Control Panel tool

You must enable additional authentication when logging into your user account. Otherwise, you may encounter the aforementioned error. Therefore, follow these steps to enable the corresponding setting:

  • Hurry Win + R to open the Run prompt.
  • Type gpedit.msc and hit it Walk in button.
  • Navigate to this path: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > BitLocker Drive Encryption > Operating System Drives
  • Double click on the Require additional authentication at startup setting.
  • Choose the Enabled option.
  • Check it Allow BitLocker without compatible TPM check box.
  • Click it OKAY button.

After that, close all Local Group Policy Editor windows and restart your computer. Next time, you won’t have any issues regarding BitLocker.

To note: You don’t need to change any other settings, such as Configure TPM startup, Configure TPM Startup PIN, Configure TPM startup key, and so on.

4]Enable registry setting

Failed to open BitLocker Control Panel tool

The same setting as above can be configured using the Registry Editor. Although using the registry editor method is very time consuming, you can check when you get the aforementioned error with BitLocker. When the GPEDIT method does not work for you, you can definitely opt for the registry editor method.

To enable the registry setting, follow these steps:

Hurry Win + R to open the Run dialog box.

Type regedit and press the Walk in button.

Click it Yes button.

Navigate to this path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoft

Right click on Microsoft > New > Key and name it like FVE.

Right click on FVE > New > DWORD Value (32 bit).

Set name as EnableBDEwithoutTPM.

Double click it to set the value data as 1.

Create five more REG_DWORD values.

Set the name and value data as follows:

  • Using AdvancedStartup: 1
  • UseTPM: 2
  • UseTPMKey: 2
  • UseTPMKeyPIN: 2
  • UseTPMPIN: 2

Once done, close all windows and restart your computer to get the change. Following this, you will be able to use BitLocker without any problem on your Windows 11 or Windows 10 PC.

How do I enable BitLocker in Control Panel?

To enable or disable BitLocker, you must follow this guide. However, your computer must support BitLocker encryption. Otherwise, you will encounter the aforementioned error message while accessing BitLocker. To check this, you can follow the very first solution discussed in this article.

Why isn’t BitLocker in my Control Panel?

To use BitLocker on your computer, you need to have a few things online. For example, TPM or Trusted Platform 1.2 (minimum) is required. On the other hand, your computer must have at least two partitions to encrypt one of them. If your PC does not meet these requirements, you will not be able to find BitLocker in Control Panel.

I hope this guide has helped.

Lily:

Failed to open BitLocker Control Panel tool, error 0x80004005