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Encrypt and Decrypt - Add to Context Menu

How to Add Encrypt and Decrypt to Context Menu in Windows 7 and Windows 8
Published by Brink
06 Jan 2010
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How to Add Encrypt and Decrypt to Context Menu in Windows 7 and Windows 8

information   Information
This will allow you to add Encrypt and Decrypt to the context menu so that you can encrypt or decrypt a file or folder by simply right clicking on the item and selecting Encrypt or Decrypt.
Note   Note
Encrypting folders and files is a way to protect them from unwanted access. Encrypting a file or folder will prevent other user accounts from being able to open it. Encrypting File System (EFS) is a feature of Windows that you can use to store information on your hard disk in an encrypted format. Encryption is the strongest protection that Windows provides to help you keep your information secure.

Encrypting File System (EFS) is only available in the Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, Enterprise, and Windows 8 Pro and Enterprise editions.

Tip   Tip
If this is the first time that you have encrypted a file or folder on your computer, then you will also see this in your notification area to let you know that you should Back up your file encryption key.

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EXAMPLE: Context Menu after Adding Encrypt and Decrypt
NOTE: Only one will appear in the context menu at a time depending on if the file or folder is currently encrypted or not.
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OPTION ONE
Using a REG File Download
1. To Add Encrypt and Decrypt to the Context Menu
A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.
Add_Encrypt-Decrypt.reg
download
B) Go to step 3.
2. To Remove Encrypt and Decrypt to the Context Menu
A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.
Remove_Encrypt-Decrypt.reg

download
3. Save the .reg file to your Desktop.

4. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

5. Click/tap on the Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and then OK when prompted.

6. When done, you can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you would like to.



OPTION TWO
Manually Using the Registry Editor
1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, the type regedit, and press Enter.

2. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

3. In regedit, go to: (see screenshot below)
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
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4. To Add Encrypt and Decrypt to the Context Menu
A) In the right pane of Advanced, right click on an empty space, and click on New and DWORD (32-bit) Value and type EncryptionContextMenu and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
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B) In the right pane, double click/tap on EncryptionContextMenu to modify it. (see screenshot above)
C) Type 1 and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
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D) Go to step 6.
5. To Remove Encrypt and Decrypt
A) In the right pane of Advanced, right click on EncryptionContextMenu and click/tap on Delete. (see screenshot below step 4)

B) Click/tap on Yes to confirm deletion.
6. Close regedit.
That's it,
Shawn





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07 Jan 2010   #1
grimreaper

Windows 7 Ultimate X64
 
 

download was much easier Shawn thank you
ps- wonder why Windows didn't have this from the beginning?
very useful.

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07 Jan 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Grim. I'm not sure why they didn't inlcude it by default in the context menu. It sure makes it easier.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Feb 2010   #3
Guareguao

Dual boot Windows 7 Pro and Windows XP Pro SP3
 
 

Brink,

I downloaded the file and merged it. I have it on the context menu. I encrypted a folder with pictures, it says encrypted but I still can see the pictures. What I am doing wrong? I have win 7 Pro. By the way thanks, this is a great forum I have learned a lot here.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Feb 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Guareguao, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Yes, your user account would still be able to open and view your encrypted files just like your other unencrypted files. Encrypting a file or folder will prevent other user accounts from being able to open it instead.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Feb 2010   #5
Guareguao

Dual boot Windows 7 Pro and Windows XP Pro SP3
 
 

Thanks, that makes a lot of sense.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Feb 2010   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Oct 2010   #7
headshot

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

When i encrypt a file, it doesnt prompt "Back up your file encryption key" like this picture:






how to re-enable that?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Oct 2010   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Headshot,

You would only see that if it was the first time you encrypted a file. It will not show again afterwards. The tutorial below can show you how to back up your file encryption key though if needed. It's for Vista, but it's the same procedure.

Encrypted File System (EFS) Certificate Backup - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,
Shawn
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Mar 2011   #9
dcwill83

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

What program can I download that would take the place of this feature in Windows 7 Home Premium?
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