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Windows 7: EFS Certificate Backup Notification


02 Jun 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate X86 - SP1
 
 
EFS Certificate Backup Notification

Hello!

Been reading the forums for a while now, figured I should join up as well!

I'm trying to give a educational presentation on EFS and in the process of encrypting a folder I got a pop-up notification. I thought nothing of it and clicked "Never Back Up". Moments later, I realized just how foolish that was.

The question I have now, is how can I re-enable that pop-up? Now whenever I encrypt a file or folder that pop-up notification does not come up anymore. Just wondering if there is a way that I can get it back?

Feel free to mock me all you want, I know I did a really stupid thing, but now I want to know if I can make it right again.

Thanks in advance for the help folks!

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02 Jun 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello DGSephiro, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Since you didn't backup the EFS certificate and key, it should give you that same pop-up the next time you encrypt another file or folder.

If not, then the tutorial below can help show you how to manually backup the EFS certificate and key anytime that you like.

Encrypted File System (EFS) Certificate Backup - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,
Shawn
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Jun 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate X86 - SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello DGSephiro, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Since you didn't backup the EFS certificate and key, it should give you that same pop-up the next time you encrypt another file or folder.

If not, then the tutorial below can help show you how to manually backup the EFS certificate and key anytime that you like.

Encrypted File System (EFS) Certificate Backup - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,
Shawn

Brink -

Thanks for the reply. I was already aware of how to manually backup my certificates. The issue is that I wanted that automatic bubble to come back so I could show students and those watching the presentation exactly what happens the first time you encrypt and then also show them how to perform manual backups.


I have also tried encrypting other files (after decrypting everything) to see if it would bring back the popup notification. Unfortunately it did not.

If I cannot get the auto pop-up back, then thats cool, I was just wondering if there was some setting or anything that may bring back that pop-up.
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03 Jun 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Unfortunately, I haven't found a way to get the pop-up back either.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Jun 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate X86 - SP1
 
 

Well that's a bummer. Thanks for the help and Input Master Brink! I really apprecite the effort
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Jun 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I don't know if this will work. run sfc /scannow from an Elevated Command Prompt.
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04 Jun 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate X86 - SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
I don't know if this will work. run sfc /scannow from an Elevated Command Prompt.
I'm willing to try anything once, so why not!

I ran the command, it found no major errors, but in the hope that it may have fixed something, I tired encrypting another file to see if the pop-up returned.

To my surprise it worked!!!!!

Thanks for the suggestion Britton!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Jun 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

You're quite welcome, it was a shot it the dark. Very glad to hear it worked out for you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Jun 2011   #9
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

That's great news. It must have reset it somehow.
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