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Windows 7: Encryption Key?

26 Nov 2009   #11

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

I am just wondering if this request is related to the EFS which is available on Win7 pro , and not Bitlocker.

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26 Nov 2009   #12

Windows 7

Either way, why is it asking me to backup my key, if I've never used it to encrypt anything? How do I do I turn it off? a search from the CMD prompt returns no encrypted files, but I'm concerned now about not backing it up just in case. At the same time, I'd prefer not to use it at all.
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26 Nov 2009   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)

Not sure what is going on but if you just back it up, that should be the end of it. :)
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26 Nov 2009   #14

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

Does the message give any reference code or error number?
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27 Nov 2009   #15

Windows 7

No, it's not an error. It is a small box that pops up in from the system tray (I can't remember if it was listed in Action Center, not in front of that computer right now). It says "You should back up your file certificate and encryption key" And then has some options, which are, Back Up Now, Remind me later, Never Back up.

Since I don't recall ever encrypting anything, I'd like to know why I'm getting the message, in case something on my system is now encrypted without meaning too.
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27 Nov 2009   #16

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

I agree with the fact that you are getting this prompt and it is not a standard that everyone is getting would suggest that somehow you have encrypted something.

It may be worthwhile to save the certificate to a USB stick or similar just in-case, but something else has crossed my mind (I am sometimes a little too security concious ), this may be some type of malware prompt that is attempting to obtain security information.

Unlikely, but may be worthwhile doing a deep scan with a couple of Anti malware applications
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27 Nov 2009   #17

Windows 7 32bit RTM

I got the same message awhile back.. I just backed up it in my docs and its over lol!

using ultimate though.
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