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How do I get back the files that were in an encrypted folder in Windows XP? I went to the User I used to encrypt them (right cl...

Q: How do I get back the files that were in an encrypted folder in Windows XP? I went to the User I used to encrypt them (right cl...

How do I get back the files that were in an encrypted folder in Windows XP? I went to the User I used to encrypt them (right click on folder->encrypt folder and subfolders) and undid that option, but even though the folder and subfolders are no longer listed in green color (the color of encrypted folders) the files themselves are still gone, just the folders themselves remain, but no files at all that used to be visible in those folders. I hate encryption. I never thought it meant "hide these files from everyone, including ME." It's so stupid. How do I decrypt my folders, or, perhaps more accurately, how do I decrypt the files that used to be visible inside the folders and subfolders in the previously-encrypted folder? I even did the lengthy thing related to Certificates and still the files themselves are hidden from me. And they're not simply "hidden files" because I tried that option in options->View but it didn't do the trick. There's gotta be another way.

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A: How do I get back the files that were in an encrypted folder in Windows XP? I went to the User I used to encrypt them (right cl...

It sounds like you may have already tried one of these steps.Perhaps one of the others will restore the files for you.

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How do I get back the files that were in an encrypted folder in Windows XP? I went to the User I used to encrypt them (right click on folder->encrypt folder and subfolders) and undid that option, but even though the folder and subfolders are no longer listed in green color (the color of encrypted folders) the files themselves are still gone, just the folders themselves remain, but no files at all that used to be visible in those folders. I hate encryption. I never thought it meant "hide these files from everyone, including ME." It's so stupid. How do I decrypt my folders, or, perhaps more accurately, how do I decrypt the files that used to be visible inside the folders and subfolders in the previously-encrypted folder? I even did the lengthy thing related to Certificates and still the files themselves are hidden from me. And they're not simply "hidden files" because I tried that option in options->View but it didn't do the trick. There's gotta be another way.

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1) What are encrypted files and how do we know which files are encrypted and which are not.
2) i know its against the TSF rules to discuss anything related to password recovery or anything like that but just curious to know when anybody forget the password and if they are able to remove or change the password , would it affect encrypted files in anyway ??

3) Is their any way we can make any file encrypted or if we need to how we can remove encryption of any file.


A:what are encrypted files ?? do we have any way to encrypt or decrypt and file ??

An encrypted file or folder is a file or folder that only someone with the appropriate permissions can view.

If you are the administrator of a computer with folders or files on it that you have created then you can encrypt them and only someone with the appropriate permissions i.e you and anyone else you give permission to can see and view the contents of that folder or file.

You can only do things with the file if you created it or are the administrator or have the appropriate permissions.

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There is or used to be a hotfix for correcting a problem in Windows 2012 r2 where users could not be added to access an encrypted file. The problem is addressed in the MS Support web page:
To download the hotfix you are asked to open the link at the top of the page entitled "Update Available." The leads to a page that states the hotfix is no longer available for Windows 8.1 and you are advised to update to Windows 10, but I need
this hotfix for Window 2012 r2 Server. Is there a way to obtain this hotfix?

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3 years ago i had a blackberry curve 8520 and i didnt know how to use it much. sadly i clicked on encryption thinking it was setting a password for my blackberyy device. 2 years later i swapped it out and got the new blackberry curve. now for a year i have been dealing with a message everytime i put my memory card in that says 'an encrypted memory card has been inserted' etc so i basically cant view the files i have on this card and they are really important to me. im pretty sure i know the encryption password i just want to know is there any way at all, any way possible i can de-crypt this card without the original device??

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I have two account on my windows xp computer(laptop). I encrypted a folder using windows encryption. somehow my that account got deleted so using restore i recovered my account. But now i am getting access denied message while trying to access that fodelr. Please help me to decrypt that folder.

A:Decrypt files encrypted by another user

You need to login as administrator.

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Evening all,

I've got a new Dell Latitude which is used for business. I've encrypted the hard drive using Truecrypt. I've encrypted the entire drive, not just made an encrypted container.

My question is though, if I use the windows 7 backup and restore feature, and backup the hard drive to a NAS device, in the event of the laptop being stolen, or if I choose to work with files on another computer, will the files which windows 7 backs up work?

I work in IT, so have years of experience here, however encryption is something which I am only just learning.

If the windows 7 backup and restore feature will not support this, can anyone recommend an alternative? I've looked into Acronis True Image Home 2012, however still need to evaluate this.

Thanks in advance

A:How to back up files from system encrypted hard drive?

Well, my company uses something called DataLocker. It's this encrypted drive that has a keypad on the outside unit, we have a lot of not very tech people that work at the firm, so requiring everybody go and install encryption software could get... Messy. Anyways, yeah, so no downloading stuff, just type in the password and the computer recognizes it as a normal hard drive.

Good Luck!

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I have some encrypted files that were encrypted under a windows8 account that got corrupted by the 8.1 update.

I had to delete the account and recreate it. I created the same User ID and same PW but I can't decrypt the files now...

I swore I've done that before and regained access to the files. Was that an old WinXP thing?

Even though I know the password is the cert used to encrypt/decrypt seeded by time or something else random as well?

I.E., are the files lost because I didn't back-up my cert/private key?

A:Encrypted files and lost user account

Hello James,

I'm afraid that without being able to import a backup of the EFS certificate/key, you may no longer have access to those files.

You could try and use the 30 day free trial program Advanced EFS Data Recovery to decrypt the files.

Hope this helps,

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So far, two of our clients have been infected with this in the last week, and it's nasty. When you try to close it, it often will pop up a message box that simply says, "I'll be back!". Then it re-opens. Here;s what my team has found so far:
1) Hitman Pro.Kickstart can rip it out, but will not decrypt the files.
2) It will quickly jump to USB and external drives, so make sure you are careful to check anything you put in the system for infected files.
3) So far, I haven't found a way to decrypt the files, but you can restore to a previous version of most of the encrypted files if you have System Protection and shadow copies turned on. Right click the file, choose "Restore previous version...", and select the closest date before the infection. You can do this to entire folders as well, but remember that it recreates the folder COMPLETELY from that date, so newer files may be missing from the backup. It also doesn't work on offline files (files accessed over a network).
I hope this helps. Good luck!

A:CryptoLocker - Restore Previous Version to get back some encrypted files

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Help. Ready to throw laptop away....
I was given a secondhand (but very new) HP Laptop <g class="gr_ gr_106 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Style multiReplace" data-gr-id="106" id="106">that  is</g> running Windows 7 Professional.
In order to give all the previous owners files back to them and to clear some space on the <g class="gr_ gr_192 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation only-ins replaceWithoutSep" data-gr-id="192" id="192">laptop</g>
I put all their files onto a Seagate External Hard Drive. 
In order to check that the previous owners will be able to open the hard drive with all their files I tried a) opening the hard drive (which was in the G: drive) and then b) trying to open an individual file.
I have run into problems with both despite having changed me to the Administrator. <g class="gr_ gr_2273 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation only-ins replaceWithoutSep" data-gr-id="2273" id="2273">First</g>
a pop up comes up at the bottom right of the screen, where the task icons are, only giving me 10 minutes or so to look at files on the external hard drive if I click on that balloon. Once I have clicked on that I am able to open the hard drive and can see
all the files listed but I am unable to open any individual files as it says I do not have permission. Then in orde... Read more

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Hi all

I have a problem
I have a few files and folders I encrypted a little while back to keep them secure
Well the good news is it worked , only now that i have reinstalled XP it sees me as a new user and wont let me view, move, copy etc the files.
When i try this i am told "no access

When i try to add a authorised user to access the file (even while logged in as admin) i get the same ?rror code 5"

Can someone please help me out here
How can i get these open or at least move them



A:Unable to access files encrypted by previous user

How did you encrypt them?

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hi all,
i have a set of files that are encrypted using efs (windows xp pro sp3). stupidly i cant find my private key/certificate that im sure i backedup at some point, but cant find it anywhere.
i am always logged in as admin (only 1 account on this pc). today i logged in and spybot found a trojan that i removed using spybot. now i cant access my encrypted files (normal access denied you expect when you dont have permissions). just to confirm, i am using the same login, i have changed nothing on my login such as username/password or computer name, everything is exactly the same.
i couldnt figure this out. so i made a blank file, right click and encrypted it, and noticed the 'certificate thumbprint' is different on this file to the other encrypted files (of which have the same thumbprint).
i downloaded this demo and ran
it found various keys on the computer apparently (although when i searched for files *.pfk found nothing). it could de-encrypt most of the files, not all of them. trouble is its 150.
i really dont want to have to spend that cash when i should just have access to these files anyway. i am thinking that trojan removal has done something to my login or user account.
Does anyone have any ideas what I can do? Your help much appreciated.

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I had several files that I NTFS encrypted on my Windows XP pro laptop. I recently changed my log in password and now cannot access my files. I receive an access denied error message. I really need to get into these files. I have tried taking ownership of file and changing password back. Neither worked. I can locate the key within regedit but I do not know what I can do with it. If anyone has any suggestions I would be forever thankful.

A:Accessing NTFS encrypted files after changing user password

How did you change the password back? Did you do it from within the account in question or as the Administrator? If as the Administrator, try changing it back again while already logged into the account.If that doesn't work, and you don't have either a Password Recovery Disk or a user set up with Data Recovery rights, (the disk or the user rights must have been created while you still had access to the files) then I'm afraid your files are not recoverable.

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Hi All

I formatted my PC to another installation of Windows 7 Ultimate(also the one I had before the format).

Now before I formatted windows on drive C:, I encrypted a folder with Bitlocker. Now this folder was on another harddrive D: on my PC. After the format on C: drive, I cannot access any files in the encrypted folder anymore. The folder is color green(so are all the files inside) and when clicking on any file inside, it tells me "you don't have access to open this file".

Any suggestions?

Thank you

A:Bitlocker Encrypted folder - Cannot access files inside anymore

again install bitlocker and try to unlock using it

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Hi All

I formatted my PC to another installation of Windows 7 Ultimate(also the one I had before the format).

Now before I formatted windows on drive C:, I encrypted a folder with Bitlocker. Now this folder was on another harddrive D: on my PC. After the format on C: drive, I cannot access any files in the encrypted folder anymore. The folder is color green(so are all the files inside) and when clicking on any file inside, it tells me "you don't have access to open this file".

Any suggestions?

Thank you

A:Bitlocker Encrypted folder - Cannot access files inside anymore

Restore your recovery key.


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Hi All

I used the files and folders Encrypt attribute: "Properties>General>Encrypt contents to secure data"
to encrypt a folder and all its contents. The folder and all its contents are green of colour. Now this is on the D-drive. I formatted my windows C drive and now I cannot access any of the files inside the encrypted folder.

I try setting permissions but they are set for administrators and I'm an administrator. How do I decrypt them?

Thank you

A:Solved: Windows Folder Encrypt Attribute - How to Decrypt?

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There are duplicates of My Documents, Desktop, Cookies, Application Data etc. at the directory C:\WINDOWS\system32\[User]. Is this normal? Is it safe to delete these files without losing the original files in the proper C:\Documents and Settings\[User] folder?

It seems unneccesary to waste the extra disk space, plus, I've also noticed a problem that when I delete a file from My Documents, it restores itself automatically the next time I turn on the PC. That's how I discovered the system32 folder by running a search, and the file was removed permanently when I deleted it from there.

A:Duplicate user files in WINDOWS\system32 folder

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I looked up how to encrypt files and it said windows 7 had a encryption software built in. I went to properties and went to the advance options and there was encrypt file for secure data or something like that. But it was unselectable.

A:How do encrypt files on my windows 7?

Whether you need to protect internal or removable drives, BitLocker in Windows 7 makes that protection easy because it works with almost any drive. Windows 7 simplifies the encryption of internal drives by automatically creating the hidden boot partition
necessary to use BitLocker to protect the OS volume, eliminating the need to manually select that option during installation or to repartition the drive afterward. Best of all, BitLocker can be enabled on drives running Windows 7 with a simple right-click...STEP
1.To enable encryption you would right click a folder or file and then choose Properties from the displaying menu.
2.Once the Properties page appears you would click the Advanced button on the General Tab and choose the Select the Encrypt contents to secure data check box, and then click OK.
3.Another dialog box will come up to give you the option of applying the changes to the folder only or to the folder, any subfolders found and the files within.
[NOTES FROM THE FIELD] – It is important to note that once you start encrypting information that you should back up your encryption certificate which is the “key” to lock and unlock the data. If your certificate and
key are lost or damaged and you do not have a backup, in most cases where a local system is involved, that encrypted information is lost as it remains forever locked.
There are more recovery options available to you when ... Read more

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Hey guys, I been trying an looking everywhere for a way to fix this issue without wiping my Virtual Machine and reinstalling. I was able to determine that the issue was caused by IE8 when first opening upon a fresh install and selecting the settings for IE8.

Somehow during this process, IE8 assigns a security risk to my User Files folder on my Desktop. I'm not sure how this even happened as I've done many many installs and have never had this issue.

If anyone could point me in the right direction, I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks in advance!!

Here's a screenshot of what I'm seeing.

A:Windows Security Alert Blocking my User Files Desktop Folder


First nice desktop, I have the Amalfi Coast on mine

In any event, start with an antivirus scan

Then download and run malewarebytes.

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Hello everyone here
Seem like I am and idiot to it's seem funny it's like lock the door and then throw the key to that room.
I was wondering whether how can I open certificate.ptx file if it's already encrypted. I suddenly found a video on youtube
about encryption thing that can be done by CMD i have no idea what is about just try and follow it i'm not really know
that all the files that save on my desktop are being encrypted automatically. I saw windows asked to save the certificate then I save it on my desktop later on my PC error so I move all my files on desktop to external drive and do Windows reset tool completely
reset. And I've just noticed I can open all my files which I back up :/
Please if somebody have solution please let's me know. Now i'm stuck with all my files like 120Gb :/

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Hi, I was trying to make it so I could see where my appdata folder was in my user folder and now my PC name folder that was in "users" is no longer there.

My user folder had the name of my computer on it with a lock symbol. I entered that folder, found that appdata wasn't showing yet. So I right clicked on the empty space in window, selected properties and at the bottom checked the box "hidden" in the attributes section (thinking this would show the hidden folders), then I think I clicked okay. Some processing took place and then the processing stopped mid way and a message came up (I forget exactly what it said) it asked me to give administrator permission to do something. I then noticed the advanced button next to attritributes and thought maybe I was supposed to enable hidden folders in there, and that enabling hidden attributes may have been a mistake, so I cancelled out of the process midway at the point where I was asked for administrator permission. Now my PC-name user folder has disappeared.

Can you please help me get it back? Can you help me find the appdata folder too?

A:How can I fix my user folder so its back to normal?

hi,try doing a system restore back to the day before you tried showing hidden file .

to change hidden file ,open [my]Computer ,,on the top left, go organize /folder and search options /view ,and un-check show hidden files and folders in there

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Hey everyone

First of all I want to thank Kari for this (Users Folder - Move Location in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums) tutorial and at the same time curse at him/her making me have to deal with this broken ass Operating System Windows 10. :P

The tutorial is the reason I wanted to give Windows 10 another try after I had to remove my previous windows 7.

I generally use Truecrypt to encrypt all drives of my Desktop PC and relocate all typical user folders to a different partition. There is no issue with this on Windows 7 but Windows 10 won't have it. I followed the tutorial and got to the point that I had working an unencrypted Windows 10 installation with the user profiles on the D: Partition. All fine and dandy. Now I already guessed at the time that encrypting the D: drive won't be a fun experience. Luckily Truecrypt is strong enough to just rip away Windows control of the drive and began to encrypt it. That made Windows 10 cry like a baby without its pacifier but at least it didn't crash and Truecrypt was able to finish.
I could go into details on what sorcery I tried after that to restore order in the partition letters but the short version is that I was able to get my setup running but I still got the same error (start menu wouldn't open up) I would get if I wouldn't have followed the tutorial at all and just moved the folders manually after installing (Once you move the local folder your account is bricked). But even after creating a new User account the problem pers... Read more

A:Windows 10 User Profiles on different encrypted Partition

Originally Posted by NonameFTW

Bitlocker isn't an option because
1. That shit most likely has more backdoors than a Shoppingmall
2. Afaik you can't encrypt with a password. Only with TPM or a dongle which isn't really an option.

Don't know about backdoors but bitlocker definitely does let you use a password without TPM or a dongle. I use it like that. Just turn of "TPM required" in group policy.

Don't know anything about TrueCrypt though, sorry.

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I was trying to create two admin accounts. admin1 and admin2.. and I wanted that admin2 to denied access to C:/windows/Users/admin1 folder. but I mess it up.
now both admin2 and admin1 cant access the folder help how can i get it back?

A:Accidentally denied admin User's folder. how can I get it back?


If you're not too badly denied you may reset it's permissions.

With an Elevated Command Prompt run the following command,

icacls "C:\Windows\Users\admin1" /reset

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I know I have been hit by CryptoWall. I do however seem to see something that I have heard shouldn't be the case. I am hoping that this is a good sign. I have files that are duplicated but it seems that the original file is still there. ex.
Kidz Club.jpg   
Kidz Club.jpg.5aa
Problem remains the same both files are encrypted. Didn't know If this has been reflected in other forums and is something that is recoverable.
A response would be appreciated
Thanks for all you guys do.

A:Files encrypted but both regular and encrypted files remain.

A repository of all current knowledge regarding CryptoWall is provided by Grinler (aka Lawrence Abrams), in this tutorial: CryptoWall and DECRYPT_INSTRUCTION Ransomware Information Guide and FAQReading that Guide will help you understand what CryptoDefense does and provide information for how to deal with it and possibly decrypt/recover your files. At this time there is no fix tool for CryptoWall.There is also a lengthy ongoing discussion in this topic: CryptoWall - new variant of CryptoDefense. Rather than have everyone start individual topics, it would be best (and more manageable for staff) if you posted any questions, comments or requests for assistance in that topic discussion....from the above topic.CryptoWall victims,If you are thinking about paying the ransom, have decided to pay, or want to help test a few things for me, Please email me at [email protected] or PM me first.There may be other options for you, or can receive assistance with the infection.Nathan (DecrypterFixer), Security Colleague Post #273ThanksThe BC StaffNote: Although this infection has numerous similarities to CryptoLocker and CryptorBit, there is no evidence that they are related other than that they do the same thing.

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I have a set of folder I encrypted from my user account. I haven't figured out how to access them from my admin account.

In reverse, while logged on my admin account, I droppped some files into folder encrypted by my user account. I can't access those files when I log on as a user.

How can I get access to all my encrypted files regardless of which logon I use?

A:Access my user account encrypted files from my admin account?

Umm...if you could access encrypted files from another user that would remove the whole point of encrypting the files to begin with.

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some body tell me that how can i encrypt my folder, how can use encrypt option for particular folder

A:how to encrypt folder

Keep in mind : Do not forget your username and password for Windows logon. Do not remove your user account.How to encrypt : http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows...-folder-or-file

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hi all, i need to secure my user directory transparently, here is my scenario:

using windows_7 64-bit;

i have very important development files on this pc, i want to secure these files under my user directory so that they cannot be read in case of physical access / stolen hardware.

this hardware does not have tpm so i cannot use bitlocker, not that i would anyway since the only thing it gives is a false sense of security.

an option is to create a truecrypt container, however this will be limited to a fixed size, and the nature of development i cannot safely guess the size of the container for the next year or two. i also cant do full partition encryption cos i cant reinstall this work pc. lets just say the company does not give a shit about securing the dev files :/

going into the folder properties > general tab > advances attributes we can check the "encrypt contents to secure data" option, i can't find any details on what encryption is used or how secure it is. on top of that, file descriptors are _not_ encrypted, only contents. so booting with a live cd you can still see the file structure of individual files. much more exposed than im comfortable with.

i want this to be transparent, ie i log in with my domain account and my user data is decrypted, i log out and the data is secured again. i don't want to mess around with a) mounting separate encrypted volumes or b) enter multiple passwords to log in and decrypt, and also c) not expose the file structu... Read more

A:Can I encrypt my user directory transparently?

I am going to suggest TrueCrypt - Free Open-Source On-The-Fly Disk Encryption Software for Windows 7/Vista/XP, Mac OS X and Linux This program is great you can make a seemingly usual file maybe a .iso file (maybe what I use, cause iso's can get quite large). and have everything encrypt to inside that file

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Hi folks,
Just came across a scenario for one of our customer. 

Trying to recover data off a drive that is bitlocker encrypted. No recovery key available to get pass bitlocker and access the drive.
Please advise if I reinstall OS preserving the old data in windows.old folder; will I be able to get the access the windows.old folder afterwards to get the data off it.

Thanks in Advance

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it is system

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I have am trying to follow the advice of this site on tightening up security for WinXP Pro. The site is here:


However when trying to encrypt the temp file, which I think would be an excellent idea, I get access denied but I am trying from my Admin account!?

Please, if anyone knows what to do and why I cannot encrypt it?

Oh btw, I am trying to encrypt it with Windows built in EFS

Many thanks,


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If I am required to encrypt a folder of documents for work and I have Vista Home edition is there anything I can do? From what I just read, it appears that the encryption key is not available for Vista Home edition... Therefore do you have another suggestion or am I just reading that wrong and there is still a way to encript a folder?

Please Help!!

A:Please help me encrypt a file folder

AxCrypt File Encryption for Windows

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Is there a way to encrypt a file or folder on Win 7 Pro 64bit ? I would like to keep all my passwords and/or account logins for all my on line activity somewhere on the PC so I don't have to setup a new password/login every time I can't remember what password goes with what on-line account ?

Running a personal home network with 2 Win 7 machines and 3 XP Pro (SP3) machines with a firewall and AV protection.


A:How to encrypt a file or folder on Win 7 Pro ?

Windows 7 Pro only has EFS - Encrypting File System Manager Shortcut - Create

Some free 3rd Party Encryption software - One I would recommend is True Crypt

TrueCrypt - Free Open-Source On-The-Fly Disk Encryption Software for Windows 7/Vista/XP, Mac OS X and Linux


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Dear Mr. / Mrs.
My photos and videos and some files had been encrypted and greened before I updated my windows to 7th version and I did not understand. Now I don?t know how I can access them.
 Would you please help me to access them to solve the problem?
I mention you it is not possible to copy them anywhere.
Thanks a lot and I am waiting to hear about you soon.
Your sincerely
Elaheh Afkar

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What is/are your suggestion/s?

1. Easy to manage
2. Support many type of encryption
3. Support Windows XP & 7

A:Best software for encrypt individual folder

i choose easy to manage..when we can easy to manage.that's means we can explore and trick it to make more perform usefull.

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Hi, I'm wondering,
is there a way I can encrypt a folder with a batch file,
then decrypt it using a password only I know?
or is there another command line tool that would allow me to do this?

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I have a need to encrypt a folder on XP home edition that can also be opened by me on XP Professional. That sounds strange, but I have a particular folder that includes all my job files that I'm having to access both at work (on a shared computer) and at home on my own laptop, wehich I've been shuttling back and forth using a USB memory stick. I have XP Home at home and XP Professional at my job.

I know Microsoft has their Encrypting File System feature in XP Pro, but apparently it's not included in XP Home.

I am also experimenting with Dropbox, which is a syncing service that would let me maintain just one folder that updates in all these places, but again I need to include encryption to prevent coworkers from stealing my work. Hopefully there is a solution that can work in conjunction with Dropbox, since that would be the ideal solution. Then I wouldn't need to use the virus-prone memory stick.


A:Encrypt a folder in XP home edition

This was released by Microsoft, then withdrawn. Some of what I read attributes this to the fact that an employee can encrypt a folder such that their employer can not have access to it.

It allows you to maintain a "clean" machine, and let other people use it without worrying about what they might get into, without all the hassle of keeping your "hot" data off the computer completely.

As I understand it, the encryption is very, very good.

It's available for download on several different sites, here's one:


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Hay guys I have read the help files on encrypting but it does not clearly tell me how to do it and how I get into it after I have done it.

Can yall please simplify for me so I can do it right.

I want to make it only so I have excess to it.

God Bless all

A:Vista How do you encrypt a folder/file

right click the folder or file, select properties, select encrypt, click ok.

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I encountered a big trouble.I used the folder lock 6.1.4 trial version some time ago and encrypted my docs folder. When I tried to add suplementary pages the encrypted archive, I opened the folder and no one document was seen inside, although the encrypted archive could be seen in the "Browse" button. The encrypted folder was fully empthy. Neither I reinstalled the windows platform + Folder Lock soft I could not open again the flk. archive. Please, let you me know as soon as possible if you got any solution to this trouble. I need a lot to access docs from that folder. You can send me a mail too, to the [email protected]

I am waiting for your help, as fast possible.

Thank you!

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Hi Folks, here is the situation -

Windows 2000 SR 1

I recently had to reinstall Windows 2000 to a new partition after some recent OS problems.

The problem now is that I formerly had a directory which I decided to encrypt using Win 2000's new encryption technology.

From what I understand is that the key used to encrypt the folder is based off my old SID. Now that I have reinstalled I am unable to view or delete any of the contents in that folder, even with Local Admin access and full ownership.

I've checked MS kbase and the only recourse would have been if I have used the backup tool to backup the key. Regardless to say I have no backups.

Now it would be nice if i could recover those encrypted files however I would be happy at this time if I could simply delete the whole folder.
I can view the filenames of the files but am unable to view/delete the files.

Any suggestions?

BTW the original WinNT directory has also been deleted.

A:Win2000 Server - Encrypted a folder, reinstalled, now cannot decrypt folder

did you ever find any resolution to this issue? I have a sorta/kinda similar situation where Active Directory became corrupt and SID's got cross-linked. Long story short I have the old SID and need to know how to apply it to a new user object in Active Directory. I've searched everywhere without luck on this one.

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Last week I have been messing around with Windows Firewall Control, and have enabled Medium Filtering.
This denies all apps from accessing the internet, unless I allow them manually, one by one.
Is this boring process going to increase my ransomware protection (refer to title)?

PS. Please don't hijack this thread with recommendations of anti-ransomware protection like CF, I already know them. Thanks in advance.

A:Do all ransomware files require an active Internet connection in order to encrypt your files?

I am under the assumption that Ransomware encrypts files upon execution.

Wait for an expert to reply.

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I recently upgraded from Windows XP Pro to Windows Xp x64 Pro. I have 2 Hard Drives, the first one has 2 Partitions and is used for the OS and Programs files.

The Second Drive is used for storing all Files, Downloads, Docs, ect.

The problem is that I formated the OS/Programs Files Drive and the Second Drive is left with all of my Docs Encrypted I have tryed Everything and for the life I cant get back into my files. I'm sure microsoft is not stuped enought to make it impossable to get back into the file. But the problem that that subject is much deeper then my knowledge allows me to go.

A:Windows XP EFS, I Formated the OS. Now I cant get to Encrypted files

I hope you backed up your private keys. If not, you're screwed.

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I had my old Windows XP machine die. I am now setting up a new desktop that came with Windows 10 Pro. The old system had 2 hard drives: c: - system and d: - data. The main hard drive unexpected died, so I didn't have time to prepare for a migration.

When I plug in the data HDD into my new Win10 machine, it can't open some files that were originally encrypted with NTFS own EFS (Encrypting File System) encryption. If you remember on XP it would show those files with green:

So my question is how to decrypt or open those files on my new Windows 10 machine?

A:How to open EFS encrypted files on an HDD that came from Windows XP?

From Recover Encrypted Files From An Old Hard Drive | PCWorld

If not, did you create and export the certificate needed to decrypt the files--and did you save the certificate to a safe place not on that hard drive? If you did, and if you can find the certificate, you can access the files--even from another computer (assuming the computer is running Windows).

Read the whole page, doesn't look promising.
More pages found:
open EFS encrypted files from another computer at DuckDuckGo

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I will try to explain things what I did and problem I am Facing in brief..

1. I encrypted a folder named photos as you can see in the video by going to
Properties(by right click)>General Tab>Advanced>Encrypt contents to secure data.

2. Then it asked me to backup keys and certificate.
I backed them up but lost them after few days.
a. Now the text is in green of the files and folders

3. I re-installed windows 7 ultimate after formatting the C: drive

4. After re-installing windows I am not able to view these files.

5. Even not able to de-crypt them..

Video is given below to understand the problem better:-
Link to Video Of Problem

Please Help me to find a solution.!!!!!!

A:[Help] Encrypted files in windows 7 ultimate???

if you don't have the key, you are out of luck. you might find a brute force program to try all the possible keys, but you might need to let it run for a few generations, maybe your great grand children might see them if the pc lasts that long. the odds of you ever seeing them again are really low.

next time, if you must encrypt, make sure you do NOT lose the keys. if you do, back them up again before you do anything drastic like formatting.

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Unfortunately i have done a format and install clean operating system again(xp)! And i am unable to decrypt my originally encrypted files. Is there any possible way to decrypt ? I tried alot of sotware to decrypt, none works.
Help me pls!

A:How to Decrypt Encrypted files on Windows XP

Right here is some copy-pasta that helped me in the past.

Hi!!Thank you for giving me the opportunity to answer your question, Iappreciate that. I am also so glad to know that you have found asolution for your problem.Now I will repost my comment here to make it the official answer.isit the following pages for step by step instructions:"TweakXP.com - De-crypt Encrypted files on Windows XP":http://www.tweakxp.com/article37355.aspxor may be this one do the trick (it sounds more advanced):"encrypted file system recovery":http://www.beginningtoseethelight.org/efsrecovery/index.phpThe following program claims to recover the encrypted files, you cantry with the trial version:"ELCOMSOFT: Advanced EFS Data Recovery":Advanced EFS Data Recovery (or AEFSDR) is a program to recover(decrypt) files encrypted on NTFS (EFS) partitions created in Windows2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.http://www.elcomsoft.com/aefsdr.htmlFor additional reference see:"Encrypting File System in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003":http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/deploy/cryptfs.mspxSee also this chapter at Microsoft's support site for better understanding:"Ch 17 Encrypting File System":http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/Windows/XP/all/reskit/en-us/Default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/Windows/XP/all/reskit/en-us/prnb_efs_qutx.aspBest regards,Click to expand...


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Hi there everyone. This is my first time using a forum for support, I really hope this is going to work.

I have a JVC Everio camcorder (GZ-MG37U). I have a bunch of family videos on the computer (*.MOD file format). Usually, I can access these with Windows Media Player for playback and Nero 7 for editing. Weeks ago, I encrypted those files (using the WinXP encryption, right-click then advanced, etc.), to make sure they wouldn't get deleted or anything. However, now, I can't even play them back.

If I do try to play them back I get the error message "WMP cannot access the file. Might be in use, you might not have access to the computer where the file is stored, or your proxy settings might not be correct".

I have tried for 2 days different ways to access the files. I can't even copy them!!! They can't be scanned with my antivirus software (Avats4), they can be burned on a DVD or CD, but I can't play them back from the CD or DVD.

I've tried decrypting them, it doesn't work. (An error occurred applying attributes to the file... Access is denied). I've tried adding a user in the encryption (error in adding new user, error code 5).

I've tried contacting Microsoft, and no help available there.

Please, PLEASE, I NEED HELP. These are invaluable videos of my new born son and wedding... Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.

Thanks in advanced everyone,


A:Windows XP encrypted files for decrypting

You might try this

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I just moved in to my buddy from work, and decided to put a pass on my PC, since a lot of people go thru the house on weekends. I set up an account, gave it admin privileges, but when setup asked: "would you like to give that account access to files?" (or some similar question) I selected NO. When account loaded I couldn't get access to any of my files! The problem now is that I can't delete that new account, because it's the only account! I tried setting up another one with administrator privileges, but it doesn't ask that question anymore (would you like to give that account access to files?), so I can't get access?

Do you know a solution, or a step towards getting access to files back? Please share, I'll greatly appreciate any help from you.

A:Created User Account. How To Get Files Back or Delete it?

Try taking ownership. This needs to be done quite a bit in Vista, so if you want you can use this to add the option to your context menu instead of doing it manually:
Vista Take Ownership Context Menu


"Take Control"

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