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Windows 7: Encryption Key?


08 Jun 2009   #1

Win7 Build 7100
 
 
Encryption Key?

Yesterday Windows 7 asked me to backup the Encryption Key.
The funny thing here is that Ive never selected to encrypt files.
So the question is: Does windows encrypt files without my authorization or its just a reminder just in case I really had some encrypted files?
Thanks!

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08 Jun 2009   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ilsonoro View Post
Yesterday Windows 7 asked me to backup the Encryption Key.
The funny thing here is that Ive never selected to encrypt files.
So the question is: Does windows encrypt files without my authorization or its just a reminder just in case I really had some encrypted files?
Thanks!
ilsonero
First Welcome to sevenforums.
See if you have bitlocker turned on. Its location is in the pic
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08 Jun 2009   #3

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

To add to Zigzag, I have used Bitlocker once, on a USB drive. Only if you have it turned on will Windows ask for a key.

Make sure you have it turned off because if your system becomes encrypted and you have no key...you are in big trouble lol.
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09 Jun 2009   #4

Win7 Build 7100
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
ilsonero
First Welcome to sevenforums.
See if you have bitlocker turned on. Its location is in the pic
TNX! Bitlocker is turned off on every drive I have. So I dont have to worry at all, right? Thanks again!
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09 Jun 2009   #5

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ilsonoro View Post
TNX! Bitlocker is turned off on every drive I have. So I dont have to worry at all, right? Thanks again!
Should'nt be, but I wonder why it asks if its off.

Ken
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25 Nov 2009   #6
mjs

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
See if you have bitlocker turned on. Its location is in the pic
I'm having the same problem, Windows 7 Pro asking to backup encryption key.

What does "Its location is in the pic" mean? Where do I find bitlocker to turn it on or off? When I type bitlocker in the Start search box, I get a wizard for encrypting my files.
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25 Nov 2009   #7

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Strange... You say you're running Windows 7 Pro, but bitlocker is only available in Ultimate and Enterprise editions... See Brinks tutorial on Bitlocker -=> Here
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25 Nov 2009   #8
mjs

Windows 7
 
 

Without looking at Brink's tutorial yet, yes I am running Windows 7 Pro. And I keep getting the system tray popup that asks me to back up my encryption key, even though I've never asked Windows to encrypt anything. When I type cipher.exe / u /n at a cmd prompt it does NOT show any encrypted files.

I _was_ running Windows 7 Ultimate RC, but I purchased the Windows 7 Pro upgrade and did the following:
1. Used my toshiba system restore disc to reinstall Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit OVER Windows 7 Ult RC.
2. Ran Windows 7 Pro upgrade disc to perform a custom install of Windows 7 Pro 64bit.

Even when I was using Windows 7 Ult RC I never encrypted anything. I've seen a few other posts in various fora where others are having the same problem, but no one has yet found a solution.
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25 Nov 2009   #9

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

You may want to consider doing a clean install rather than an upgrade... format the drive during the installation process... that should cure your ills...
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26 Nov 2009   #10
mjs

Windows 7
 
 

Tews, you will see in my post above that I did perform a "clean" install. Custom = Clean. It is the only way to "upgrade" from 32 bit Vista to 64 bit 7.
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