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Decrypt Encrypted files on Windows XP
By  Super Admin  | Published  02/25/2005 | Security | Rating:
Decrypt Encrypted files on Windows XP

1. Login as Administrator

2. Go to Start/Run and type in cmd and click OK.

At the prompt type cipher /r:Eagent and press enter

This prompt will then display:

Please type in the password to protect your .PFX file:

Type in your Administrator password
Re-confirm your Administrator password

The prompt will then display

Your .CER file was created successfully.
Your .PFX file was created successfully.

The Eagent.cer and Eagent.pfx files will be saved in the current directory that is shown at the command prompt. Example: The command prompt displays C:\Documents and Settings\admin> the two files are saved in the admin folder. (For security concerns, you should house the two files in your Administrator folder or on a floppy disk).

3. Go to Start/Run and type in certmgr.msc and click OK. This will launch the Certificates Manager. Navigate to Personal and right click on the folder and select All Tasks/Import. The Certificate Import Wizard will appear. Click Next. Browse to the C:\Documents and Settings\admin folder. In the Open dialog box, change the Files of Type (at the bottom) to personal Information Exchange (*.pfx,*.P12). Select the file Eagent.pfx and click Open. Click Next. Type in your Administrator password (leave the two checkboxes blank) and click Next. Make sure the Radio button is active for the first option (Automatically select the certificate store based on the type of certifcate). Click Next. Click Finish. (You'll receive a message that the import was successful). To confirm the import, close Certificates Manager and re-open it. Expand the Personal folder and you will see a new subfolder labeled Certificates. Expand that folder and you will see the new entry in the right side column. Close Certificate Manager.

4. Go to Start/Run and type in secpol.msc and click OK. This will launch the Local Security Policy. Expand the Public Key Policies folder and then right click on the Encrypted File System subfolder and select Add Data Recovery Agent... The Wizard will then display. Click Next. Click the Browse Folders... button. Browse to the C:\Documents and Settings\admin folder. Select the Eagent.cer file and click Open. (The wizard will display the status User_Unknown. That's ok). Click Next. Click Finish. You will see a new entry in the right side column. Close the Local Security Policy.

You, the Administrator are now configured as the default Recovery Agent for All Encrypted files on the Local Machine.

To Recover Encrypted files:

Scenario #1

If you have completed the above steps BEFORE an existing user encrypted his/her files, you can log in to your Administrator account and navigate to the encrypted file(s). Double click on the file(s) to view the contents.

Scenario #2

If you have completed the above steps AFTER an existing user has already encrypted his/her files, you must login to the applicable User's User Account and then immediately logout. Next, login to your Administrator account and navigate to the encrypted file(s). Double click on the file(s) to view the contents.


*Warning

Do not Delete or Rename a User's account from which will want to Recover the Encrypted Files. You will not be able to de-crypt the files using the steps outlined above.

 

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  • Comment #1 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    In the point 4 yours procedure you forgot import certificate in Trusted Root Certificates Authorities. Without this operation it does not work. Regards Adam.Majchrzak(a)poczta.onet.pl
     
  • Comment #2 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    "Do not Delete or Rename a User's account from which will want to Recover the Encrypted Files. You will not be able to de-crypt the files using the steps outlined above. " What do you do if this has already happened?
     
  • Comment #3 (Posted by Somebody1special)
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    This may give you hope...... Browse to c:documents and settings, open this folder and look to see if the screenname that you originally encrypted the files with still exists. If you see the screenname that you used to encrypt the files, there is a good chance that your keys are there. This is what I did, and yes they were there. The URL that I previously posted will absolutely 100% work if you still have those encryption keys for that screenname. If you see the screename there, if you did not do a complete reformat, IE you just reinstalled windows over the previous version, you are in luck! "Dont give up the ship or your files!" They are recoverable!
     
  • Comment #4 (Posted by Matt)
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    Yes 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 ??? If it does help I did copy over all the original windows files from the previous xp operating system on a separate drive in case i needed them. I tried to look for the certificate but its like trying to find a needle in a haystack ??? Please help
     
  • Comment #5 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Same here. I hapened to format my partition with win files and my encripted files left on other partition. your advice is good but not helping us. WHAT SHALL WE DO DO DECRIPT OUR FILES IN THIS CASE? PLS help...
     
  • Comment #6 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I tried these steps but still get an access denied error for my current user which lost the public key and for the recovery user/administrator.
     
  • Comment #7 (Posted by vadivazhagan k)
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    Dear Sir, I have encripted my personal folder in my personal admin user. Unfortunatly i had forgotten the password. So that i had reset my password using admin user. After that i could not open my folder. Please give idea to open all my folder in OS WinXP.
     
  • Comment #8 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It is very informative however, I am attempting to unencrypt files that were on my old install that I transfered prior to deleting my old os. Is there anyway that they can be recoved. Like software ?
     
  • Comment #9 (Posted by Calvin)
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    can you unencript them ones the orginal key is lost, i did a format like someone else but didnt know that the encripted files would stay encriped and now i cant open them, need some help.....
     
  • Comment #10 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Unknown user wrote: "Do not Delete or Rename a User's account from which will want to Recover the Encrypted Files. You will not be able to de-crypt the files using the steps outlined above. " What do you do if this has already happened?" I dunno if this prog. do what it says, but you can give it a try. Check it for virus, just in case. http://www.elcomsoft.com/aefsdr.html
     
  • Comment #11 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    "Comment #2 (Posted by an unknown user) Rating "Do not Delete or Rename a User's account from which will want to Recover the Encrypted Files. You will not be able to de-crypt the files using the steps outlined above. " What do you do if this has already happened?" Same story for me ...*shrug* not sure what to do now.
     
  • Comment #12 (Posted by Bijan)
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    Hello Super Admin, I was excited when I was going through the steps. They were working and I thought i am going to get my precious files back! Apparently, my case was differnt. I formated my HDD, used recovery laptop CD and forgot to back up my certificate. I used winxp backup to backup my document before formating. Anyways when I restored files after reinstalation of Winxp I realised that I hv no access to my own files. What a disaster! So far all my efforts to corre this was in vain and im desperate. Pls tell straight is it true that all I can do now is to delet my encrypted files? Please help out. My files are result of years of research and work. Please help me out here and I will compensate you. At present after God, you are the only one who seem to be in position to streighten this for me. Please help. Bijan
     
  • Comment #13 (Posted by Bijan)
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    Dear Super admin, I hope this message finds you in your best of health and happiness. Its me again as I hereby explain one important and rather strange issue about the encrypted files that happened to me recently. It was a few days after formatting, installation and restoration of my documents when I actually opened 2 or 3 files from my encrypted douments. I had to fax them. I opened printed on winfaxpro and sent my fax successfully. At that time I was busy downloading all kinds of patches ranging from nortoon internet security updates to winxp sp2. It was only a few days later when I tried to open other documents from my encrypted documents that I begin to receive "access denied" message and since I could not even open one single file. I have even tried to open the same files which I faxed but in vain. After that I used restore and reinstated my computer to when I updates were not installed but situation still the same. I sometimes look at the files I sent by fax in winfaxpro and winder what really has happened!!?? I opened them, printed them and now ... Having said the above fact, I also like to add that when i used winxp back I checked the option [preserve security state). I thought this little info might help. I am going crazy; please help me out here if you can. Thank you, Bijan
     
  • Comment #14 (Posted by Hello again)
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    Sun, Dec 4, 2005 01:04:55 This is just a reminder. Please let me have your comments on the my above messages. I appreciate. Bijan
     
  • Comment #15 (Posted by Wilbert)
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    I encrypted my files on Windows XP, didn't do any of the steps described above, formatted my hard drive and now I'm unable to copy, decrypt or open my files. Is there anyway to recover the files? Thanks
     
  • Comment #16 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I followed all the steps ok but it seemd to literally copy my files in the encryption program, and I still cannot open any of them in my Dreamweaver. Maybe Adam.Majchrzak(a)poczta.onet.pl had any ideas? I am not sure what he meant, is there anything else I need to do? Thanks, Helen
     
  • Comment #17 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I also formatted my hard drive. If someone would make software to recover these files they would make a fortune :)
     
  • Comment #18 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i still can't view my file after done all the step
     
  • Comment #19 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks a lot for this, you saved me a few years of very important memories.. you've helped me liek you'll never know
     
  • Comment #20 (Posted by Bijan)
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    Dear Boris, Thanks for your message. I truly understand the severity of your situation as it appears to be as bad as mine. Anyway, I wish that I could give you good news but I am still having the same problem. You see, I do believe that Microsoft is directly responsible for the losses we incurred. Why? I do not know how you did come to know about encrypting your files (obviously as a measure to protect them from the dangers on the internet etc). But in my case, a Microsoft tutorial thought me how to do it. The important thing is that Microsoft (the tutorial) have never mentioned anything about the obvious danger of losing all data in case of what happened to us or a simple HDD crash which can happen anytime to anyone. Microsoft never warned us at all, NEVER explained that what should be done about the certificate stuff just in case. Now, I do not know where do you leave and whether Microsoft has an office in your area. But I suggest that either write and complain or better still step into their office with your laptop and demand a solution. I leave in Dubai and I will soon find a time to pay a visit and will keep you posted. You do the same and good luck. Bijan -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- From: boris rodriguez [mailto:trixman4@yahoo.com] Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 8:46 PM To: bijan13@gmail.com Subject: in regards to recovering files post you made on softwaretipsandtricks.com hi my name is boris rodriguez i read your post on this site about what happened to you with formatting your drive without backing up the certificate and then not having access to your files.the same thing happened to me with 4 years worth of precious photos and i was wondering if they where able to help you or if you found out a way to get access once again to the files.if you did it would be greatly appreciated in so many ways you would not understand.thank you for your time in readiing my message.have a great day. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
     
  • Comment #21 (Posted by trisha)
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    hey guys something weird has happened to my admin account.My comp suddenly crashed and when i restarted Windows gave me a msg the user account is corrupt and i was being logged in a temp account. Now how do i access my encrypted files i cant log in using my corrupt account . I tried the above procedure but cant access my files.
     
  • Comment #22 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I install new windows and I can't view my file after done all the step, the encrypted file are from previous version dose I have any chance to decrypt my file please write me to feniksarbelski@yahoo.com Thanks
     
  • Comment #23 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I have pgp file sent to me late every night. I need to write the script that can automatically convert the pgp file into csv. For example the file comes in format file1.csv.pgp. I need it in file1.csv Please help me ASAP. Either here or write me at praytsen@yahoo.com Thank you very much!
     
  • Comment #24 (Posted by Athink)
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    If you did not format your hard drive use the link on comment #9 , it does decrypt the files/folders.. Certificates are still there... I had to do an upgrade install when my new CPU was not reconized by old install.Folders and files are in place just encrypted. tool worked to recover need to bail out $100...
     
  • Comment #25 (Posted by Zakira)
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    This guys tutorial didnt work but comment 9 did XD MY FILES ARE BACK by the grace of Jesus it didnt delete the one thing i needed so i used that one program and i am now forever with my files!I was going to lose them forever Praise Jesus XD
     
  • Comment #26 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it can't help me decrypy but thx
     
  • Comment #27 (Posted by pramod)
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    in this article you have explained about how to encrypt te files but you have not explained how to decrypt without having any password cracking software.Is it possibe to decrypt files howso difficult it may be if possible please send me a mail about how to decryopt
     
  • Comment #28 (Posted by Paul)
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    Dear Super Admin, can you please help. I deleted a user account from C:Drive. Have encrypted files on my D harddrive. So no more key. What can I do to get my files decrypted? Looking forward to hear from you. THANK YOU for your advice!
     
  • Comment #29 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it does not work
     
  • Comment #30 (Posted by RW)
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    I imaged my corrupt drive before i reinstalled windows. I am able to sift through files in the image, what do i look for to bring to the new install in order to decrypt???
     
  • Comment #31 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Good advice till i am going on trouble so far!
     
  • Comment #32 (Posted by Long)
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    Dear Author, I am facing the same problem as #12,31,33. Could that be any solution? Actually, we are desperated now. Hope you could have any other idea. Regards,
     
  • Comment #33 (Posted by ranjiv khajutia)
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    dear sir i am having encrypted files which i want to decrypt i dont have password of those files. these fles were in my mobile. these files were encrypted with the help of software scrypto v 0.1 i really forgot the password pls help me to come out of it
     
  • Comment #34 (Posted by vijith)
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    "Do not Delete or Rename a User's account from which will want to Recover the Encrypted Files. You will not be able to de-crypt the files using the steps outlined above. " What do you do if this has already happened?
     
  • Comment #35 (Posted by rashid)
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    dear sir when i m working in my computer my computer is automatically shutdown and i installl many anti virus but my problem is not solved plese sir help me.
     
  • Comment #36 (Posted by najeeb)
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    Yes 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 ??? If it does help I did copy over all the original windows files from the previous xp operating system on a separate drive in case i needed them.
     
  • Comment #37 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    saved my life.
     
  • Comment #38 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it didn't work.I had locked some folders before via a passworder folder program but still I can not decrypt them
     
  • Comment #39 (Posted by Hieu_ciri)
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    I am in the same bad situation, after formating and installing window xp, i can not accesss to the old file because of encryption. Any one have solution, please let me know, thank you all.
     
  • Comment #40 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Doesn't solve the problem. it still remains
     
  • Comment #41 (Posted by PETER)
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    Yes 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 ??? If it does help I did copy over all the original windows files from the previous xp operating system on a separate drive in case i needed them. my's email: cannon_wc@yahoo.com
     
  • Comment #42 (Posted by Kanzar)
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    Poster of comment #47, did you encrypt the files? I think the only problem you have is a permissions thing... Unfortunately, I only use XP Pro, so I don't know if there are some functions I describe here that aren't in Home (and login as the administrator): 1. Make sure simple file sharing is disabled (Windows Explorer, Tools, Folder Options, View). 2. Right click the folder you are trying to access, Properties. 3. Click 'Security' 4. Advanced 5. Owner 6. Set yourself as the owner. I'm in the same boat as some people on this list. I encrypted some files, but then had to do a clean install. Unfortunately, that meant I am now... cut off from my files. While I have a Ghost image of my previous installation, my parents are the ones that *made* me do the clean install on A DIFFERENT HARDDRIVE. So I can't just Ghost it onto the harddrive I am currently using. Yes, I could Ghost it onto the drive I was originally using to run Windows from, but that drive is a partition on a drive that has been set to Slave, while my current Windows harddrive is ANOTHER harddrive (completely separate, not a partition on the same one) is on master. Should I temporarily remove my current Windows harddrive, boot from my old Windows harddrive, decrypt the files, then put my current Windows drive back in? (so confusing)
     
  • Comment #43 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it's dos not work errorr
     
  • Comment #44 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    becauze this is the only way to recover files from windows utility
     
  • Comment #45 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i learned something new
     
  • Comment #46 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I can't understand your steps, its too complicated and confusing can you shortening it down to make it easier?
     
  • Comment #47 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you very much!
     
  • Comment #48 (Posted by AZ)
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    As strange as it might sound, i had the same problem once and solved the problem by simply restoring my files on a FAT partition, that removed the encryption setting from the folders and i managed to access MOST of the files. Any ways it's worth trying. AZ
     
  • Comment #49 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Same problem, encrypt da files, then i reinstall my xp, n voila, cant open da files, 3 gigs in size, geez, tough luck
     
  • Comment #50 (Posted by hadi loghman)
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    dear sir it is very good article and I learn many things from the article, but I still has a problem. The problem is that I format the windows xp partition and install new fresh window xp. after that I can not open the files which i have encrypted. is there any way to decrypt the files? I should mention that those files are very important. the files are in another partion. best regards.
     
  • Comment #51 (Posted by Joseph)
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    I backup my files in a 40 Gb HD before formatting my 80 Gb HD but I forgot to Decrypt the files because I'm having trouble with my Windows in the 80 Gb HD. After formatting the 80 Gb HD I tried to open my backed up files and Windows wont allow me to open it because I'm not Authorized...
     
  • Comment #52 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Yes 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 ??? Please answer me at: nicucod@yahoo.com
     
  • Comment #53 (Posted by VIJITH OS)
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    "Do not Delete or Rename a User's account from which will want to Recover the Encrypted Files. You will not be able to de-crypt the files using the steps outlined above. " What do you do if this has already happened?
     
  • Comment #54 (Posted by radull)
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    Yes 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 ??? If it does help I did copy over all the original windows files from the previous xp operating system on a separate drive in case i needed them. my's email: radull@yahoo.com
     
  • Comment #55 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    how to create my password
     
  • Comment #56 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    good.But wats about if the hdd is formatted & xp reinstalled but the encrypted file remains in a different drive.It says access denied.How to decrypt such a file.Please let me know,my emailid:avijitghosh2000@rediffmail.com
     
  • Comment #57 (Posted by john)
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    i've also been having the same problems as everyone else in that i cannot access a folder that i had encrypted using the windows XP folder encrypting option. I formated my harddrive with the previous user and cannot access the folder. the program in comment #9 recognizes the files and folder but is not able to decrypt them.
     
  • Comment #58 (Posted by Don)
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    With the many people who have experienced problem decrypting their files, I suppose somebody might have come up with a solution to this. I need help in this as well. I encrypted my files in my old office laptop but the problem aorse when our Helpdesk transferred the files to a new unit. I can no longer access my files and the old laptop has been disposed of. I would greatly appreciate if you can suggest a solution. Is Microsoft doing anything about this problem?
     
  • Comment #59 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This did not decrypt the files whatso ever...
     
  • Comment #60 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This doesnot help me. My files name hase turned green however I didnt encrypt them. fazal790@hotmail.com
     
  • Comment #61 (Posted by AYK)
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    i had the same prb here but i have removed all the user that encrypt dcm data from HDD so what ican do to decrypt those files again please help thx
     
  • Comment #62 (Posted by Collin)
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    I also encrypted the files then re-installed windows xp pro, and now under the same user cannot decrypt them... how do i doit?
     
  • Comment #63 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I had an OS crash. When I went to replace the OS, I had all my work on a second disk that was incripted. The new OS won't read the old encripted files.
     
  • Comment #64 (Posted by Triplehelix)
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    Yeah I think he's right, we're all pretty much screwed. I've been searching for an answer on the internet for two days nonstop now trying to find an answer to this question but all the forums I've seen this topic on have come to the same exact conclusion: If you don't have access to the certificates on the original windows install of the original machine that was used to encrypt the files, there is no possibility of recovery.
     
  • Comment #65 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I crashed my system so I reloaded windows on a second hard drive. Now all my data files are on drive D: while my operating system is on C: drive. Eventhough I set up as the same user and with the same password on drive C:, I cannot open my old "documents and settings" folder. I have tried everything and nothing works. I tried to move the folder to my new C: drive but windows will not permit it. I use XP home edition. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, CBA
     
  • Comment #66 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    crystal clear explanation is not there
     
  • Comment #67 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    didnt work
     
  • Comment #68 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    the best
     
  • Comment #69 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    becouse my problem is i have some increpted files of previouse os which is still increpted now so i want to recover these files
     
  • Comment #70 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    error code 5.. it displays another user name and certificate thumbprint ???
     
  • Comment #71 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    has anyone got this to work for them?
     
  • Comment #72 (Posted by Jay)
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    "Do not Delete or Rename a User's account from which will want to Recover the Encrypted Files. You will not be able to decrypt the files using the steps outlined above. " What do you do if this has already happened? and I reformatted my system so how can i recover my files?
     
  • Comment #73 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i was not able to decrpyt my files by the steps given above
     
  • Comment #74 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    With regards to the sertificates. I HAVE the certificates used to encrypt the files and still get access denied to my encrypted files. This is after making them available to Windows, importing them into the Trusted Root Cert Auth., Etc...
     
  • Comment #75 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I have the same problem that i formatted my previous OS and now i cant decrypt or access my previosuly encrypted files? i have tried the above method but it does not work? what should i do? please mail me at sureshot.abc@gmail.com
     
  • Comment #76 (Posted by Ulysses)
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    All of us who lost oue precious work of years were not totally dumb. Most of us had Master/Slave or RAID1 installed on their PCs, with OS residing on a separate HD. When you are given such a shortcut way to ENCRYPT your files or folders by just clicking at their properties without informing about the dangers of losing your everything, in case of an unfortunate crash of your HD with the Operating System, you are naturally tempted to do so. Secondly the creation of Keys and their backup process is so complex that a normal user (who is not very familiar with this jargon) would often procrestinate this process. I know many who did encrypt with a single click and when their OS crashed, lost thousands of productive manhours. From research work to art work, memorable photographs to raw data, much was lost by many to this "Encrypt" ghost. Sometimes, I feel it is better to leave the files unencrypted than making it impossible to retrieve in case of an OS or HD failure. I agree with one of the post that MS is to be held responsbile for this dilemma. For future use, I am using Winzip Archive with password to have a password-restricted access to all my files. And it works though a bit slow. All the best to all.
     
  • Comment #77 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    good
     
  • Comment #78 (Posted by katshuya2003)
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    To recover an encrypted file or folder without the file encryption certificate 1. Open Backup 2. Use Backup to make a copy of the file in case of loss or damage. 3. Send the original encrypted file to the designated recovery agent. 4. Have the recovery agent use their recovery certificate and private key to decrypt the file. 5. Have the recovery agent send the decrypted file back to you, using any file transfer method that is desired. Note • To start Backup, click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Backup. • The administrator of the local computer is the default recovery agent, unless you are in an Active Directory domain environment. In an Active Directory domain environment, the administrator that initially logged on to the first domain controller is the default recovery agent. • Sending the file to the designated recovery agent can be done in a number of ways, including backing up the file up to tape or floppy disk. • Files backed up using Backup or any other backup tool retain their encryption while in their backup storage location. The original files can be decrypted or modified without affecting the encrypted state of the backup copies. • You can recover an encrypted file or folder yourself if you have kept a backup copy of your file encryption certificate and private key in a .pfx file on a floppy disk. Use the import command from Certificates in Microsoft Management Console (MMC) to import the .pfx file from the floppy disk into the Personal store.
     
  • Comment #79 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Unfortunately the same happened to me as in comment #4. plz help me in this regard..!mail ID:avinashkolla@yahoo.co.in
     
  • Comment #80 (Posted by cactusfloyd)
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    i seem yo have the certificates in the disk, the old disk because i am in a new installation. there are several .cer files. what can i do with them? can i use them to decrypt the files?
     
  • Comment #81 (Posted by Francis)
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    Can anyone out there in the big wide universe help in this decrypting issue. Now it seems after using this encrypting facility we have lost our files forever.
     
  • Comment #82 (Posted by Francis)
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    Can anyone help with this. We have lost our files using encrypting and now cannot decrypt after format of hdd
     
  • Comment #83 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I really liked the entire topic to learn all different options. I tried all combinations and for me the reason was bit different and may apply to most of you. Changing the password also make the file inaccessible. Revert to the old password used while decripting and then try. - Rajesh
     
  • Comment #84 (Posted by NANAYAW)
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    hi sir please i encrypted my files and after formating ma machine , i coundnt retrive it. can u please help me as the files are very important to me
     
  • Comment #85 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I in the same boat, reinstalled XP and cannot access the encrypted files. I hope somebody can help me out. It is really a disaster that microsoft have not warned me before using this encryption stuff if I was aware of if I would never used encryption. I thought it was to protect my files and not to protect the files from me. PLEASE help, my email: to_crasy@mail-online.dk
     
  • Comment #86 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    hi , this way was not compatibale with my problem, My encrypted files were in a user account which now is not accesseble,because I have reinstalled my windows xp and that user has been removed(FORMATED). would you please help me in this situation...
     
  • Comment #87 (Posted by vikrant)
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    I encrypted my files on Windows XP, formatted my hard drive and now I'm unable to copy, decrypt or open my files. Is there anyway to recover the files? please tell i am really stuck out.
     
  • Comment #88 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Need a better description, but this is also good
     
  • Comment #89 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    ITS FUCKING CONFUSING!!!
     
  • Comment #90 (Posted by roni)
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    HOW TO RECOVER MY ENCRYPTED PHOTOS (ABOUT 2000 PERSONAL PICTURES,TAKEN IN A 6 YEAR PERIOD) AFTER THAT I HAVE INSTALLED A NEW COPY OF WINDOWS.NO POSSIBLE TO SEE.IS WINDOWS RESPONSABILE FOR THIS DAMAGE?
     
  • Comment #91 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    But not my issue. My issue is the following: I encrypted Quicken folders A and B, I then backed up Quicken folders A and B on a Western Digital External HD as well as a second internal HD called "Data". Computer crashed, I removed the External and Internal HD's. Reinstall OS XP, reinstall Quicken. I then tried to restore backed up files in the folders A and B, I tried everything but it says I don not have the correct permissions. Because I do not have the original encryption key from the original user. I can see theoriginal users SID number when I go into the properties of the folders. Any help would be greatly appreciated. You can email to drewgost@gmail.com Drew
     
  • Comment #92 (Posted by ashish)
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    plz help i m also in the same trap........the tips above arent working plz do something
     
  • Comment #93 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It is not mentioned, if the user formatted the disk and installed a new copy of OS; how to recover encrypted files. This is the most common situation which should be addressed.
     
  • Comment #94 (Posted by H)
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    I have a user that encrypted some important files on our file server. He had an issue with our permissions when we updated this file server with the DST patch. We had to remove said user from the admin group....since that point this user hasn't been able to get access to these files. I followed your steps even though it says its for XP...didn't work. I'm wary about installing 3rd party software on our file server (its a production file server and I don't want to kill it. Does anyone have any other suggestions?
     
  • Comment #95 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I have been looking everywhere for this excate info. thanks!!!
     
  • Comment #96 (Posted by Derek)
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    I'm in the same boat with most of the people commenting here -- had encrypted files on an external hdd, then had to format the internal and didn't realize I needed to backup any certificates. IF ANYBODY FIGURES OUT ANYTHING that will help us, please God let me know. I'm going to kick my ass for years if I lose this data.
     
  • Comment #97 (Posted by Sue)
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    I seem to be in the same situation as most other people here. My friend copied their Documents folder to an external hard drive to back up their files. Reintalled windows on their laptop and now cannot access their files even though login and passwords are the same. Has anyone found a solution to accessing these encrypted files? We really need these files recovered... can anyone help? Please email swbk2345@hotmail.com
     
  • Comment #98 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thank you
     
  • Comment #99 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    u should have mention if windows crashed how can i recover the encrypted file
     
  • Comment #100 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Same problem need HELP plz simon_z_ro@hotmail.com
     
  • Comment #101 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    why can,t anyone give a proper answer?
     
  • Comment #102 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I have a similar situation to Biljan (comment 12), except I never encrypted my files in the first place (not knowingly anyway). I was able to decrypt some of my files using the above procedure, but am still locked out of most of them. Nonetheless, thanks for the article. I'll file that one away for next time XP blows up on me. DK
     
  • Comment #103 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i am not that tech savy
     
  • Comment #104 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Great
     
  • Comment #105 (Posted by Yam Digger)
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    My suggestion is to NEVER, EVER use Windows encryption again. Get a third party encryption program, so that, when you move your files, all you need is the program and a password to open it.
     
  • Comment #106 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    becouse i alredy install dra /era but still i have a problem i do not recover encrpt file i sometime onther pls sent a mail on yashkhanna1990@gmail.com
     
  • Comment #107 (Posted by dante)
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    i work in a studio and encrypted more than 200Gb of audio files! My XP logs off all the users just seconds after logging in, caused by some virus! I tried using a second XP but it won"t let me play my encrypted files, neither could i decrypt it. Last thing i did was to recover my OS,(i use an ibm thinkcentre)using the ibm rescue and recovery discs. Finally i got my OS back but still i can't decrypt my files. My encrypted files are in a separate physical drive. Is there any 3rd party software i can use? please e-mail me if you got any suggestion.
     
  • Comment #108 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    same as everyone else, encrypted file on HD then formatted due to virus, forgot about encryption. No keys, only difference is this is on my business comp. any help would be greatly appreciated. axiscordek@comcast.net
     
  • Comment #109 (Posted by Tad)
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    I was really hoping that this would do it, but unfortunately, what happened in my case is that my local profiles got corrupted. But, XP "recovered" them, so I was still able to log-in under my same ID, but it appears that it's not really the same ID. My original ID was tommy, and still is, but when I look at the folders in MY DOCUMENTS, it looks like there is a tommy folder, but also a tommy.XP-E85F6C5846A. Other users also got this same bunch of characters after their folder names too. Is there any way to log in under my original ID? My new ID seems to use the same password -- it was all transparent to me until I tried to open files that I had encrypted under the original ID. Please help. I have about 7 years worth of family photos that I don't have backups of, and can't access! Very frustrating, because I can see the file names, but keep getting "access denied." Please respond to my e-mail, if not on this posting. e-mail is: tadshelp@earthlink.net
     
  • Comment #110 (Posted by StuntMan_Mike)
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    Me2. Fdisk'ed and Formatted XP Pro Corporate before saving my certificates or decrypting the file I save all my user names and passwords in. I do have a back up from 6 months ago, but now I'm having to guess and reset the accounts I changed since then. I know this was stupid on my part but Windows is made for laymen and should provide some warning you can't ignore or at least strip all the encryption when you format. If one has access to format one certainly would have access to decrypt files on that computer. The ElCOMSOFT.com program appears to just automate the above procedure. So it won't work either if you have formatted your certificates away. After reading I guess I'm fortunate I only encrypted a few files. This was just my first stop though on what is a personal quest now.
     
  • Comment #111 (Posted by IRecoveredEFSEncrypted Files)
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    To anyone that cant get their files back listen carefully. I have XP2 and had a computer with a master and slave harddrive setup. The slave being strictly a storage place for data files encrypted using EFS. One day when the pc was running badly, I used the recovery disk to re install windows over the current installation. I did only a light install and did NOT completely reformat the drive. Guess what? I was not able to access my slave drives files! My world stopped. I tried ALL of the retail recovery software out there to no avail. If this is your situation as well do not lose hope. The files that you need will be stored in the documents and Settings folder on drive c: I am no genius but I can follow directions. This web page describes exactly what to do to fix the problem and I assure you, if you lost yours in the exact same fashion as I did, this will work for you. http://www.beginningtoseethelight.org/efsrecovery/ I am so thankful for people like this that just know how to do it and will tell you for free. God bless the author of this URL. Sincerely somebody1special@hotmail.com
     
  • Comment #112 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    "Do not Delete or Rename a User's account from which will want to Recover the Encrypted Files. You will not be able to de-crypt the files using the steps outlined above. " What do you do if this has already happened?
     
  • Comment #113 (Posted by Sangeet Agrawal)
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    My files, which were in D Drive were encrypted by the feature of Windows XP. I was not aware of it. I later got my C drive formatted. Now I am not able to open my files in D Drive. The message comes that access is denied. I had Jpg and excell files on Drive D . I have very important data in files, which is very very important. I spoke to Microsoft many times but they are not providing any support. I don't know what to do? It is surprising and ridiculous that Microsoft has such an important feature and they do give any warning before you encryptin that it may result in permanent loss of data by encryption. They are not cooperative after data is encrypted and are not ready to provide any support
     
  • Comment #114 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i recently installed a fresh copy of windows xp and i hade some pictures in a 2nd hdd encrypted and i cant see the content of those pictures , and i thought by doing these steps i could come to see them again... if there is another way of decripting in a way that i can get my pictures back (viem them again) i wuold deeply apriciat that ... thanks
     
  • Comment #115 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it is not helping i have a problem, i formated my computer , and all my files were encrypted, i am trying to open it they say access denied, and when i want to decrypt them, by clicking properties-- advance--- then decrypt, they say access denied, what should i do, please send me any reply on , i am begging u, on universe_hacker@hotmail.com
     
  • Comment #116 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Good, clear stuff!
     
  • Comment #117 (Posted by Ravikumar.M)
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    I have done formating and install fresh operating system and I cant open my encrypted files .Please help.
     
  • Comment #118 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it solved my concern immediately - ravikiran
     
  • Comment #119 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it works perfect
     
  • Comment #120 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    After getting a new PC, I transferred all my songs and very valuable photos onto an external hard-drive, and some of the music / photos were encrypted, and I thought I would never get them again!!! Thankyou - you saved my life!! I Have yet to go through ALL my folders and make sure they are all recovered, but thank you. Kindest regard and hugest thanks C Gomersall :-)
     
  • Comment #121 (Posted by shan)
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    I recently reinstalled xp for a friend as his computer had been running slow. For some strangereason, the pictures got encrypted on my hard drive. Would anyone knw how to go about decryting this pictures.Please email at shaneelpatel21@hotmail.com Thanks Much appreciated
     
  • Comment #122 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks
     
  • Comment #123 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Didn't work...
     
  • Comment #124 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I couldnt get this to work I followed everything and it seemed to work till the very end when I could not open the files
     
  • Comment #125 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    sooooooooooo confusing, maybe you should try to mak it more clear and easy to follow it. but it was good. i hear a software can decrypt file too, explaining that scenario is better than this i reckon. No offense!!!
     
  • Comment #126 (Posted by raj)
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    Hi, After formating and installing window xp, i can not accesss to the old file because of encryption
     
  • Comment #127 (Posted by rohit)
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    i cannot even deleate copy anyfing to mine files. i moved them from mine account(made private) to new account and deleated the first. now i cannot access any of files. ooO please help........
     
  • Comment #128 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    also add some importent screen shots for easy to configure
     
  • Comment #129 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    after compliting all the steps correctly i got access privilage to the user
     
  • Comment #130 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    did not work
     
  • Comment #131 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    cant recover my files - i had encrypted the files as admin - and now i cant access them from my own admin account even after trying to take ownership, following the above steps... pls help... papuly2k@gmail.com i use xp SP2 thanks
     
  • Comment #132 (Posted by Normunds)
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    Isn't there solution yet? So many people ar with the same problem but no one have the solution? Please mail somebody me if there is good news. I'm very sad without my files. :(
     
  • Comment #133 (Posted by Fawad Khan)
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    hi all...da forum soo far luks depressing...plz i need help i encrypted some precious files i didnt know it wil turn out soo complicated matter...nywayz i jst encrypted da folder n al files ..later on i changed my processor n motherboard(if u know windows fails to boot if u install new motherboard of some other chipsit) so i bought a new HDD n installed fresh copy of windows...bt my old HDD is secondary bt i cant log through old windows cuz it wont boot ..n now al data is stuck ..my email is black_pupil@hotmail.com ..i wld highly appreciate a way to decrypt those files..i think microsoft shd help us out..now whr it said its dat complicated.. tc
     
  • Comment #134 (Posted by Nicu Codrianu)
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    Dear Mister, Unfortunately i have done a format and install clean operating system again(XP)! And i am unable to decrypt my originally encrypted files, encrypted with the previous O.S.. Is there any possible way to decrypt ??? Please answer me! Thank you.
     
  • Comment #135 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    just rescued my files
     
  • Comment #136 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    acces denied
     
  • Comment #137 (Posted by rahim)
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    hi, Dear admin this solution is not compatible with my problem, my encrypted files were in a user account which now is not accessable, because I have reinstalled my windows and that user account has been removed(FORMATED). what is the solution in this case... Official regards
     
  • Comment #138 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    did not work for me. I had encrypted the files as an admin and then suddenly i could not access them again. So i tried the above mentioned steps and yet i cannot access my docs. What i dont understand is that i am the admin how come i cannot access? also there is a strange login that exists as administrators on the file and not administrator - but the user account has no such login. I use windowx xp SP2 - somebody pls help
     
  • Comment #139 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    excelant post.im realy.......appriciate this post.thank you.this helped me alot.thank you so much kind publisher
     
  • Comment #140 (Posted by cactusfloyd)
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    i seem to have the certificates, but i am running a new OS. i seem to still have the certificates in the original disk but dont know how can i use them to decrypt the files??
     
  • Comment #141 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    am just learning so unsure of advice hope its good cause something keeps encrypting my files
     
  • Comment #142 (Posted by manish)
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    i encountered the same above prob that i m also access denied to the encrypted filed n folders after reinstalling the windows xp sp2 plz help! my email: mishi4400@gmail.com
     
  • Comment #143 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i was searching this for the last few months
     
  • Comment #144 (Posted by MBall)
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    #9 application tells me the files are unable to be decrypted! i have no keys!! Does anyone have a feasable solution? (one thats not going to take 10,000 years - brute force)
     
  • Comment #145 (Posted by meledak)
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    windows SUCK!
     
  • Comment #146 (Posted by Tomate Albertini)
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    I did all identical, but does not work with me :(
     
  • Comment #147 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Very good to know, but too late in my case. I will retain for future use.
     
  • Comment #148 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Nothing to do
     
  • Comment #149 (Posted by Lowen)
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    well, it's a good guide... i just wish it woulda worked. I thought I had gotten a worm virus so i hastily encrypted some family pictures i had completely copied off my digital camera (and removed off the camera unfortunately) from our first vacation together they're sitting on another partition right now... so frustrating that i can't access them. I've even made a user account with the exact same name and @ computer name as it lists in the details of the file and still no luck... your guide i felt was the furthest i've gotten but alas still doesn't work, i've even tried aefsd (advanced EFS data recovery 3.0) and it can't unlock them :(
     
  • Comment #150 (Posted by predte4a)
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    hi to all I use Win XP OS, with two users + admin account, both with admin rights. One of the users was set with password and files in user dir. was encrypted. Some days ago I remove the password for this account and made new partition on HDD with Partition magic 8, using free space on the primary one. After that moment I can`t decrypt the files. I try all isues found in net, but with no success. I do not delete anything, just remove the password for this user. When I view the certificate that was used to encypt files, it shows me the one, and says I have private key for it, but anyway I can not decrypt, copy, view or anyhing else with this files. I try Advanced EFS Data Recovery software, it shows me that files are decryptable with certificates found on my HDD, pretend to decrypt them and made decrypted coppy, but all decrypted files are broken after this. Do you have any idea how to solve the problem, please? I`m in big trouble now ...
     
  • Comment #151 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Please add screen shots inside this tutorial. Also answer the most popular problem - if user has encrypted the files and has installed xp again.
     
  • Comment #152 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    What if your not an adimistraiter? What if your a 10 year old girl who wants to become a spy? EVERY spy knows how to decrypt files!
     
  • Comment #153 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    not worked for windows xp , after user encrypted,
     
  • Comment #154 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I was encrypted some files after some days i formatted my c drive and re-installed windows xp now i'm unable to view that file please tell me any method to recover that files.
     
  • Comment #155 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Dear sir i have htc mobile phone some file r converted to menc file useing Encrypted this file not to open plz gave me some idea how to open those files my mail id is vicky_kiks@yahoo.com i shall be very thank full to u
     
  • Comment #156 (Posted by Hardik)
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    hey guys ..please help me ..i have to commit suicide i have done do this. my country manager is a * of person dont know what he has done with his cretificates ..his .pst file is encrypted . and now cant derypt it. with anyuser account (even with admins). he has given me a timeline..its a question of my job please help ...i tried the steps mentioned above but all fail . how to contact microsoft please let me know on hardik_u87@yahoo.com
     
  • Comment #157 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Excellent
     
  • Comment #158 (Posted by Keith Hussar)
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    I too am in the same boat as just about everyone listed on this post. I performed a clean install of my OS and all applications on my laptop. I backed up all f my important files onto a 500gb portable. Unfortunatly I was not wise enough/knowledgable enough to know that I needed to copy over my certificates. DOH! I've attempted to use Advanced EFS Data Recovery. However, as I wiped the initial system, I can not recover the needed key for decryption. Now it seems as though my files are trapped in a small room in my 500gb's mind, lost forever, but not forgotten.
     
  • Comment #159 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I'm also having the same issue with having to have rebuilt my OS and need to get into an encrypted file that is from the old OS and no longer accessible. How do I do that, I've done all the other stuff of what you said so far.
     
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    If the above does not work for you, this is what you do; I was just experimenting and this worked out: 1. Open certmgr.msc and go to the "Trusted people" folder, then click on certificates 2. Right click on the certificate that has the name of the registered user on the computer, then click on "all tasks", then "export". 2a. Firstly, export the first option {"yes, export the private key"), click next. In the following screen, choose the "Personal Information Exchange" option and make sure the first two boxes are checked. Click next, enter and confirm your account password, then choose a convenient file location, then export it. 2b. Then export the certificate again but this time choose "do not export the private key". Click next, use the defaults, then choose a convenient location to export to. 3. Import the personal information exchange file you exported into the personal folder 4. Import the certificate into the trusted root certificate authority folder. you will be asked to confirm if you want to do this. 5. Open secpol.msc and import the same certificate into the public key policies folder 6. Pray to your God Hope this helps.
     
  • Comment #161 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This is just a piece of shit and doesn't work. I tried over and over again and I'm sure this is a fucking joke.
     
  • Comment #162 (Posted by Kanna)
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    I have the same problems like many others do. I have about 1000 files encrypted in the D drive while I reinstall XP in the c: drive. How to recover all those 1000+ files? Anyway....? i shall be thankful
     
  • Comment #163 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I have the same problem.Is there no way to recover those files?
     
  • Comment #164 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I had encrypted some text files but i did a system restore and forgot to backup my encryption certificate... I really need to access those text files.. Is it possible to perform some kind of crack on it... those text files are <1Kb... help
     
  • Comment #165 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I will try these steps, but problem is that the employee who was encrypted this file was left and once system was formated. Now this problem arived.
     
  • Comment #166 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    The command is not working i want a file which decrypt the encrypted file because i am an administrator gooing into administrator ac then also it is not opening
     
  • Comment #167 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i have encrypted my files on my another windows that was windows xp then i installed windows vista then i was not able to open or view that files then again i installed widows xp but still i cant open these files then i do what u directed above but still there is same problem please help me i have to safe my that data it is extremely important please help me please please please.........
     
  • Comment #168 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    though i didn't understand the whole thing but iam amused and happy after seeing this process.iwould like to learn more.
     
  • Comment #169 (Posted by Alpha H. Sawkmie)
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    I tried your method of decrypting but unsuccessful. I have formatted my system and installed same xp sp2 but could not opened my briefcase. Before formatting i have stored all my files and briefcase in an external HDD, simple folders are accessible but briefcase files are inaccessible. Kindly help to solve this problem. Pray for your reply.
     
  • Comment #170 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I encrypt the data but i can't decrypt it.? last week i did encrypt some data of 35 GB contains doc xls jpg and videos. simple by selecting folders properties. ==>advanced down in attributes area. ==>then simple check the box enrypt contents to secure data. on D: on that time details button was not available. --- Lator i found some virus on c and e drive. antivirus was talking tooooooooooo long time to scan and handle with virus issu. Bcoz hard disk is was big 500 GB. C: 100 GB D: 100, and E. 300 I decide to install new os win sp2 as like previous. But now in new os i can't access the any file or can't decrypt if i open video mpg avi etc in wmp. i gives the message Windows Media Player cannot access the file. The 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? when i click more information then windows media player shows me this help file which is not helping me.. C00D11D2: Cannot access the file Windows Media Player cannot access the file. You might encounter this error message for one of the following reasons: This file is currently in use. Close the file, and then try again. You do not have permission to access the server or other location where the file is stored. Verify that you have the appropriate access rights, and then try again. You do not have permission to access the proxy server. Verify that you have the appropriate access rights, and then try again. If you are trying to rip (copy) a track from a CD to your hard disk, you might not have permission to rip to the specified hard disk location. Verify that you have the appropriate access rights, and then try again. If the problem persists, try ripping to another folder. To change the folder where tracks are ripped to On the Tools menu, click Options. Click the Rip Music tab. Click the Change button. Select another folder in which to store your digital media files, and then click OK. –or- Click Make New Folder, enter the name of the new folder, and then click OK. Error ID = 0xC00D11D2, Condition ID = 0x00000000 last three days i am searching internet but i failed. even if try to decrypt simple as i did encrypt all folders in d: properties ...advanced deselect the button of encrypt contents to secure data ok apply. error applying attributes an eror occured applying attributes to the file abc.dsd Access is denied. NOW. DETAILS button is available click. new window . Enryption Details for D:aaaa Users who can transparently access this file user name Waqas(Waqas@AKASH007) in next colum Certificate Thumbprint A5E1 4BE1 0554 CB79 B911 A696 CA4E 2FB6 BAAE 8774 ONE thing when i select multiple files this button of details button is not available. but in single file it is available code is coming same for different file when in go in properties after click of DEATIALS in this box other portion Data Recovery Agents for this files as Defined by Recovery policy. Recovery Agen name Certificate thumbprint 1st cloume her in 2nd colum this one =========== I NEED HELP PLEASE. for 50 $ USD promise I WANT TO TAKE MY DATA ON D BACK TO NORMAL POSITION WHERE I CAN PLAY OR ACCESS IN ANY OS AFTER ANY INSTALLATION. THANKS REGARDS. WAQAS MUHAMMAD. waqas_akash for online please add.me in yahoo
     
  • Comment #171 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    didn't help
     
  • Comment #172 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    awwww geeeezzzz
     
  • Comment #173 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I have my drive encrypted and I installed Windows 7 on it, which means I lost all my previous data on XP. Currently my drive is encrypted using bit locker. Is there a way I can recover my files from XP. Pls reply, really need some help on this asap. Thanks
     
  • Comment #174 (Posted by kv_ace)
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    i have the same problem...i encrypt few files in different hdd(slave), i had to format(clean)my master hdd...right now i couldn't decrypt that file...plz help me...its really important file for me..tanks
     
  • Comment #175 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    "Do not Delete or Rename a User's account from which will want to Recover the Encrypted Files. You will not be able to de-crypt the files using the steps outlined above. " What do you do if this has already happened? This is my question as well. Article was good and got my hopes up, only to make me very sad at the end.
     
  • Comment #176 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Excellent it very deep and nice explanation !!!!!Superb
     
  • Comment #177 (Posted by daking)
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    How can i Decrypt my old files that was encrypted by the by IT department
     
  • Comment #178 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I do not delete or rename a user but after at all i cant view the contents of the encrypted file or decrypt file so what I do exactly please inform me as early as possbile so that I can access that files
     
  • Comment #179 (Posted by Nam Pham)
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    I've encripted my copied Documents folder to an external hard drive to back up their files. My computer has crashed by accident. I have to reintall windows on my computer and now cannot access my document files even though login and passwords are the same. Has anyone found a solution to accessing these encrypted files? I really need these files recovered... can anyone help? Please email nam_phamvn@vnn.vn
     
  • Comment #180 (Posted by Mrijnmoy)
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    give full details
     
  • Comment #181 (Posted by Rakesh)
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    I am also in the same situation in which all are suffring, please any one help out... please tell this problem to Microsoft and get any solution cause on it, How can we decrypt our files from this encryption, please do the needful
     
  • Comment #182 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This article finally explained in detail what was going on with these encrypted files. I was amost successful but at the end I could not log on as the user who encrypted the files because they belonged to a domain that is no longer active. But overall a lot of help. Thanks
     
  • Comment #183 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks alot
     
  • Comment #184 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Instructions so simple, even a caveman (like me) can do it! I appreciate the step by step details.
     
  • Comment #185 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Same problem here: I Formated the OS HDD, encrypted files on separate data HDD can no longer be opened. Im screwed. screwed! silvercoe at sbcglobal.net
     
  • Comment #186 (Posted by ahmad)
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    i installed a new version of windows and now i cant access to my encrypted files which are in another drive(E).i have the user name and certificate key in my encrypted files.i don't know what to do.any help i will really appreciate.my e-mail address: ahmad.komail@gmail.com
     
  • Comment #187 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i need to no how to import certificate in trusted root certificates as i have done all the steps but still cannot view the content ov my folder
     
  • Comment #188 (Posted by Kevin)
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    i recently installed a fresh copy of windows xp and i hade some pictures on hdd encrypted and i cant see the content of those pictures, they were copied off to external drive not knowing they were encrypted and i thought by doing these steps i could come to see them again... if there is another way of decrypting in a way that i can get my pictures back (viem them again) i would deeply appreciate that ... thanks
     
  • Comment #189 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    sir i am a service person n i have re installed the os now iam not able to access those encripted fils plz help
     
  • Comment #190 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    how decrypt when encrypt flatform (os) corruped
     
  • Comment #191 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    how recory encrypted file when the encrypted platform is corrupted
     
  • Comment #192 (Posted by dandie hermida)
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    Dear Sir, I have encripted files, and i dont know how to decrypt this files. i have no idia to solve this problem.it is posible that it cause of virus? i can't encrypt those files sir. pls help me to solve my problem sir... thank you.
     
  • Comment #193 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I've just followed all the steps and everything shows up properly (ie. it says I can recover the files in the Local Security Policy) but for some reason I still cannot access or decrypt the files. Any idea what I can or should do?
     
  • Comment #194 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Simply because the instruction followed here as given affected nothing at all. Here's what I've observed seems to be an issue-When you go to uncheck the encryption box to the right you will see a button "Details". Click on that. If you don't see yourself (the apparent Administrator) in the lower window where reads:"Data Recovery Agents For this File As Defined By Recovery Policy" then obviously there is no recovery agent-In which case it will not work. Whatever the means is of getting the Administrator name in THAT window-THAT is what will finally allow you to decrypt the files. And that what needs to be explained. I agree with those who say that Microsoft should be held accountable for this for not warning people about all these hidden applications (only after the fact-and THEN wants you to pay through the nose to fix the problem-this is plainly and deliberatley EVIL).Microsoft needs the pants sued off of them for implementing features that end users are not told about, which turn on or make changes without user consent or knowledge and ultimately result in the destruction of data. They are running a DATA CONTROL SCHEME, manipulating what happens with user data and forcing payment to undo what they already know will be done. Microsoft is responsible for millions if not BILLIONS of dollars of data loss every year. ANd WE are fools because we would rather consult "experts" and "forums" than confront Microsoft LEGALLY.
     
  • Comment #195 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i did not decrypt my folder n files frm this i follow all the steps i encrypt frm EFS in windows Xp plz help me out for this. i want to decrypt files. Thnx
     
  • Comment #196 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    "Decrypt Encrypted files on Windows XP" the outlined procedure does work, thanks for the great solution, however I'm still stuck because I had decrypted the using Windows XP and for some reasons I had to reinstall windows on my system. So plz suggest do I have any option left in this case? The data that I had enrypted is really important to me, it is 20 GB data that I'm going to loose. Plz help. You may write to me at: faizan_s_khan@yahoo.com, PLz keep the subject "Decrypt Encrypted files on Windows XP". Thank you.
     
  • Comment #197 (Posted by TOTO)
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    this is it for me ..after trying everything to get my data back from the incripted files that i crated with my own hand after i formated and reinstaled the os i decided to send them to a local data recovery company ..and guess what... they did recovered my data .. so there is a chance if you dont minde the bill $1400 so if they can do it than it is a chance out there ..
     
  • Comment #198 (Posted by Beth)
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    Hello there. I did not do anything yet, but I really apreciate you helping others about the matter so my rating will be excellent. I was just sending files the other day to an external memory card to leave my computer with more memory and now I needed to access a file on that external memory and the file is encrypted. I have Windows XP. Do you think I have any chance of recovering the original file descrypted so I can still use it? Thank you in advance. Regards, Beth
     
  • Comment #199 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it does not work. in my case the files .doc and .jpeg/jpg still encrypt with blue and green color. it asked for certificate and such...):
     
  • Comment #200 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    what to do if i have changed my user account?
     
  • Comment #201 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    You Really Helped Me In This Man , Too much appreciation , and you have just saved the life of a civil engineer that formatted his computer with all his office sheets are encrypted , i thank you from the bottom of my heart and wish u well , sincerely yours : Mohamed A.k.A Bizarre
     
  • Comment #202 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanx
     
  • Comment #203 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    we need simple solution for decrypted file for win xp
     
  • Comment #204 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    GREAT THANK U FOR THE KNOWLEDGE BUT DOES IT SOLVE FOR DRIVES WHICH HAVE BEEN SUBJECT TO REINSTALLED OS AND AND TOTALLY NEW USER NAME.
     
  • Comment #205 (Posted by odo)
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    If I format my C: partition, its posible to recover encrypted files?
     
  • Comment #206 (Posted by sunilkumar.c)
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    i encrypted my photo's folders, then i format c-drive, now i can't preview this photos folder, plz tel me how can encypted file decrypt, plz solve this problems urgently.............
     
  • Comment #207 (Posted by Steve Robert)
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    I think we all are screwed. One thing i do know is that we're supposed to save any necessary certificates to back up before we reformat. Then we can add those certificates to our new user accounts and access the encrypted files. I don't blame windows for having such good security, i blame myself for not thinking of everything i needed to do before a format. cheers!
     
  • Comment #208 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I folloed your above process but seems no reponse has been observed.....
     
  • Comment #209 (Posted by Anoop)
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    Dear Mister, Unfortunately i have done a format and install clean operating system again(XP)! And i am unable to decrypt my originally encrypted files, encrypted with the previous O.S.. Is there any possible way to decrypt ??? Please answer me! Thank you.
     
  • Comment #210 (Posted by Where have been the Super admin ,,,???)
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    Where have been the Super admin who wrote this articale?? why didn"t he intervene ?? too hard to find the solution??? Rule: NEVER ENCRYPT YOUR FOLDERS USING MS PROGRAMS. NO SOLUTION FOR THIS. JUST BURY AND FORGET YOU LOST FILES.. THAT IS FUNNY BUT THIS IS THE LAST THINGS TO SAY !! LASY RESORT : http://www.beginningtoseethelight.org/efsrecovery/
     
  • Comment #211 (Posted by Dinesh kumar)
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    my some file,s or folder are enctypted,we are not able to open the enctyted file.So we format win xp and also install same oprating system(win.xp pro.) Pls help me for decrypt the encrypted files.
     
  • Comment #212 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it was very clear
     
  • Comment #213 (Posted by Chandrakant)
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    I am using windos xp operating system. I have encrypted some data. I have reset my profile on the local machine & now I can not access the files. I can see it but cann't open. Is there any method to decrypt the files or can I get the support from microsft to recover the files?
     
  • Comment #214 (Posted by dharmvir)
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    my document are encrypt than i bkp my document in d drive and c drive format and reinstal xp in c drive all work are propar but my document file are not open tan error the document are reat only and encrypted iam all trie but encrypt file not dencrypt pleace help me...........
     
  • Comment #215 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    hello, i sachin i was encrypt my photos on user login. and some days i formated the pc and reinstall the xp and login same user but i cant view the photo.they was show access denied error.so please send me there issuses answer on my email id sachin.hupare@rediffmail.com. thanks.
     
  • Comment #216 (Posted by clayman)
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    Protecting data from unauthorized access is the entire purpose for encryption. There are many ways a computer can break and you are forced to reinstall windows. If you do not know how to rescue your encrypted data from a broken system by backing up your certificates/keys, YOU SHOULD NOT ENCRYPT IT!! there are warnings about this everywhere.
     
  • Comment #217 (Posted by tom)
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    any solution to open these encrytion MS files ? Thanks
     
  • Comment #218 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Hi, How to import the certificate in trusted root certificate authorities? Someone please explain.
     
  • Comment #219 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I followed this step by step and it kept sayin access denied
     
  • Comment #220 (Posted by Ali)
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    Hello, What is the meaning of "...and then immediately logout" ? After login to a user account it is not possible to immediately logout. It takes at least 1 minute to logout. Regards, Ali
     
  • Comment #221 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Dear sir, First when i got these steeps I am very glad but when I done all the steeps its not worked. My problem is I encrypted all my personal documents and later there was problem in Win XP and I format only active drive. My encrypted files was in seperat drive. When I tried to open those encrypted files access denied. Later I came to know that I have to create and export certificate. Now I am help less. I have done all the steeps you have told but system doesn't trust the recovery agent. So if there is any hidden steeps please help me I will be very thank tptm@yahoo.com
     
  • Comment #222 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I'm so fucked, I tried this after all my files were encrypted. I lost all my work and files.
     
  • Comment #223 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it sucks
     
  • Comment #224 (Posted by Ts.Sh)
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    guys, following the above method (logging in as Administrator and typing these commands on cmd), it says "system cannot find the file specified" as soon as i hit ENTER after confirming my Administrator password. any other help????
     
  • Comment #225 (Posted by Paul)
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    Interesting, but I use Vista now on a new machine. I can't even create .CER or .PFX files. After confirming (not re-confirm, confirm is enough) my Administrator password, the prompt displays the message: Access Denied. How is that possible? I am the Administrator and I use the same password to gain access to my Vista Workspace. Does this command cipher /r:Eagent not work for computers with Vista installed? The reason that I am looking for decryption methods is that I once encrypted Excel files on a computer with XP, transferred them to an archive on an external hard disk, subsequently bought a new machine with Vista installed, and found that I couldn't open the encrypted files anymore after a transfer of these files from the external hard disk. I tried everything, the cipher command, changing privileges and so on. My advice is: NEVER EVER encrypt files with embedded Windows on your machine; use an external program.
     
  • Comment #226 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    When I follow the instructions, I don't even get beyond 'Re-confirm your Administrator password'. The prompt displays 'Access Denied'. This is really infuriating. I am the Administrator and I use the same password for my login to the computer. Once upon a time, I encrypted Excel files on a computer with XP, transferred them to an external hard disk, then bought a new machine with Vista, and tried to open the same files after a transfer back from the external hard disk to the new computer, but to no avail: they are simply to well-protected to open, even as an 'Administrator'. My advice is: never EVER encrypt files under Windows, ANY Windows; use an external program, one that you can install on a new computer and that enables you to use you files again without all this Windows security bullshit.
     
  • Comment #227 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I need help, i did everythinn but it still doesn't work.but what if you re-installed xp but got encrypted file no the new xp?
     
  • Comment #228 (Posted by hytham)
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    please help i want to decrypt my encrypt fils and folders in folder lock6 i now the password but i can't open the encrypt folders that i encrypt there what can i do ? help me
     
  • Comment #229 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    THIS DIDN'T HELP ME. After completing the steps as outlined in this article, I was still blocked my an Access Denied message, I couldn't even open an encrypted .iso file in UltraISO GOD HELP YOU if you EVER want to decrypt files in XP...
     
  • Comment #230 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    4
     
  • Comment #231 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Didn't work
     
  • Comment #232 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    ok
     
  • Comment #233 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Fails if the OS gets reinstalled. The encrypted file is locked by the original SID. When the "new" username account is established, the OS gives a new SID. Changing permissions fails too because the file is locked by the old original SID. Even in cmd window a "cipher pathfilename" /D fails since this only applies to "new" files.
     
  • Comment #234 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    didnt work
     
  • Comment #235 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Very clear instructions
     
  • Comment #236 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Sir can you tell how to decrpyt files when we have changed Windows means we have install new Windows, if we can do this then please send the steps on my email: abbasi_safdar@yahoo.com. Please do help me. Regards.....
     
  • Comment #237 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    FABLOUS
     
  • Comment #238 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Dear Sir, early i used windows xp & i had encrypted folder on d: drive, so presently i formatted my computer & installed windows 7 unfortunately now I don't have permission to view content inside folder. all content (filenames) are appeared in green colour. sir, this is critical situation I had faced.. pleade help me to decrypt that files please ..... if you have solution please mail me... may mail adress is : it37003@navy.lk
     
  • Comment #239 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I WANT TO OPEN ENCRYPT FOLDER BUT I FORMAT THE COMPUTER AFTER ENCRYPTION SO PLEZ HELP ME AS WELL AS POSSIBLE.
     
  • Comment #240 (Posted by ASHUTOSH MISHRA)
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    UR SOLUTION IS VERY GOOD.
     
  • Comment #241 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it did not worked
     
  • Comment #242 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This is a top notch article, but it doesn't help me. I encrypted my files on an external hard drive. Then the internal HD running XP broke. Now I cannot decrypt the external HD because I can never access it through the previous user account that crashed! If anyone has a suggestion that might help, please share. Otherwise kudos on the article...I learned much.
     
  • Comment #243 (Posted by Lum Berisha)
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    it is not helping i have a problem, i formated my computer , and all my files were encrypted, i am trying to open it they say access denied, and when i want to decrypt them, by clicking properties-- advance--- then decrypt, they say access denied, what should i do, please send me any reply on , i am begging u, on lum.berisha@gmail.com
     
  • Comment #244 (Posted by Doristheblade)
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    Hi, Can you help. I encrypted a folder full of files. Since then the HD was become unbootable to an operating system. Is there anyway I can add this drive as a slave and still recover its encryted contence? Thanks ion advance Roy
     
  • Comment #245 (Posted by Rex Galang)
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    How Can I Retrieve My Private Folder in the Documents and Settings in my new OS? Because I reinstall new OS to a new HD then I want to copy my old files in the old HD but I cannot copy because the content is protected. I know the password but I can't open it. What happen was, my old OS crashed, looking for NTLDR after restarting so I reinstall a new one to a new partition. Please someone kindly help me...ASAP!!! Thanks a lot...
     
  • Comment #246 (Posted by lifehacker)
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    yeahh..thanx a lot :) i can read all of my files again.. except there is shorter way to do this ... u only have to open certificate man. and edit certicificates that are connected to the file that is encrypted.. all u have to do is delete that certificate .. and if u want u can make your own...
     
  • Comment #247 (Posted by Maktama)
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    i read all posts.i have same problem. format(quick),install new os, and no access company files.i did part of the explanation on post#105 link aboutfinding private and public key, but stuck on finding "locking file name".could any one briefly explain to me. maktama@yahoo.com (28.05.2009)
     
  • Comment #248 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I HAVE A NEW COPY OF WINDOWS. SO NOW I CAN NOT DECRYPT THAT FILES.
     
  • Comment #249 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Dear sir, please help me how to decrypt the windows xp pro sp3 files, after clean installation off win xp pro sp3....I losted all certificate and don't have any back up of these certificates and I forgotted my user name and password...how to recover these decrypted files..... Thanks
     
  • Comment #250 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    as everyone, i have the same problem. We are in dire need of experts who could solve this major problem for us.
     
  • Comment #251 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I took my personal external hd to work, couldn't read my own files. after messing about with exporting & importing certificates from the work pc i could access my ext.hd encrypted files, (though i don't know exactly how because i've been messing about with this for a while.) as a double check, i tried it on a 3rd pc at work - no access. I thin i had my private key but not sure. then exporting 3rd pc key gave me a public key and then could read my data. But when i got home i could not access the files even though they were not modified at work - just read. in the end i played about with adding compression (with takes off encryption) and out of frustration i deleted all and restored my backup's backup. I had been thinking of using hiren's boot cd and copying the encrypted to FAT partitoon to remove encryption, but i got fed up and ditched it. bottom line - i've removed all my encryption and keep another copy. i also have certicates (cer & pfx) good luck to all!
     
  • Comment #252 (Posted by real_prast)
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    i have reinstall may comp, but i forgot that i have few folder that encrypted. so, when i open my file again, the file can't open. can you help me?
     
  • Comment #253 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it's great but it is missing some links or info about domain Decryption
     
  • Comment #254 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I had Encrypted my files in previous OS (XP) and reinstalled a new OS that is also Windows Xp, the encrypted files are not Opening . . how to recover them? plz plz help those are very imp to me sir
     
  • Comment #255 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it not an easy way
     
  • Comment #256 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i got all the info i was looking for
     
  • Comment #257 (Posted by fokn)
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    Has anyone tried booting and acessing the data in DOS? :)
     
  • Comment #258 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    really worked thanks
     
  • Comment #259 (Posted by Heidi)
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    I recently reinstalled XP on my computer. I had a folder encrypted with omnipass and so I reinstalled omnipass on my computer and it won let me open or decrypt them!!! HELP
     
  • Comment #260 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    not work
     
  • Comment #261 (Posted by iron)
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    Dear Super Expert, I have encrypted files on WinXP but now the window is format and installed again. Those files cant be reocvered. May I know any methods can recover those encrypted files that i didnt have any encryption key? Thanks
     
  • Comment #262 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    ok
     
  • Comment #263 (Posted by Amrhsn)
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    Thank you man ...that was really great and clear!!!!
     
  • Comment #264 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Too specific to a certain problem, doesn't explain how to generall decrypt encrytped files not just .PFX files.
     
  • Comment #265 (Posted by Diana K)
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    I encrypted afolder from the documents and settings which stores all the details of my ID(user account) (XP), now i can't decrypt so what can i do
     
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