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Windows 7: Old computer had hidden files, new computer cannot access them.

27 Nov 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
Old computer had hidden files, new computer cannot access them.

Title pretty much says it.

but i had a desktop windows 7 with some hidden files.

I was getting a new laptop (macbook, to dualboot mac osx/windows 7)

I got an external HDD and copied my old windows 7 files that i needed.

Transfered them onto my macbook.

All of my files i can access besides the ones that were "Hidden" on my old desktop. (Windows 7 desktop)

I was just curious how i can have access to these files.

I tried the take ownership tweak, but it did not work, was just curious if i needed to do anything else?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Nov 2010   #2


What kind of files? If they are windows files they won't work on a Mac OS.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Nov 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Take ownership should work, but I have never been able to duplicate these issues, because I use the same username/password on each system. Have you changed usernames or passwords from old system to new?

If none of that works, make a free Bart PE disc and boot from it to access the files.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

27 Nov 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate

okay i've been messing around.

apparently these files were encrypted (strange because i dont encrypt my files so maybe windows did it automatically to hide them?) anyways i do not have the certificates, is there any way to hack or decrypt the files without the certificate.

and no i have the same username/pass as my old desktop.

i wonder if it matters that this is a dual boot on a macbook pro.

and handy cam, they are .jpg files and random word document files.

i have mac osx and windows 7, currently i'm on windows 7 trying to figure this out
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Nov 2010   #5

Windows 10 Pro X64

If they are encrypted, you will have to un-encrypt them on the old computer before copying them to the external HDD.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Nov 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate

dang, thats really unfortunate because that computer is long gone...

is there any type of software that can decrypt the files for me?

this is a huge bummer.

Thanks, Eric
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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