Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Problems with encryption

10 Aug 2011   #1
captainMcKay

Windows 7 Home Premium x86
 
 
Problems with encryption

I just finished upgrading to Windows 7 from Windows XP, all my files were backed up on my second drive. Some of those files were encrypted using the encrpytion option in XP's file properties. Now I can't access, or move any of these files, it asks for permission from a Computer Administrator of File Owner, which I am both. I tried playing with the security and ownership settings for many files but I still have no access.

How can I remove the encryption so I can access my files?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
10 Aug 2011   #2
seth500

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi captainMcKay welcome to the forums,

So you used EFS to encrypt your files? The problem here is that encryption and unencryption in win7 and xp has to be done with the system used to create the encryption. Just like I use Truecrypt to create file containers and what have you, no other software will mount that and decrypt it so I can access those containers.

So the file owner is the owner of the xp system it is asking for and a way you can access those files again would be to have an xp environment. You could either reinstall xp and gain control over the encrypted files by accessing the security tab and taking ownership of them and decrypting them or take the secondary harddrive out and take it over to another computer that is running xp and do it. If that's feasible to do other than that I don't know of any other way.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Aug 2011   #3
captainMcKay

Windows 7 Home Premium x86
 
 

I'll try what you suggested, thanks for your help
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

10 Aug 2011   #4
seth500

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You welcome and the best of luck I know that it's not fun to hear.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Problems with encryption




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
biggest encryption std to date+ most power encryption soft ?
biggest encryption std to date+ most power encryption soft ? nowadays I am so much excited about encryption after watching BlackHat 2013 videos and Def Con 19 ,20 can u help me to find out words most powerful encryption software and methods and where to learn it I think doing PHD in...
System Security
Encryption help
Hi everyone, I was thinking of encrypting my external 320GB HD but was not sure how it exactly works. I have some things on the HD already, what i want to do is encrypt everything that goes on my external HD. I have heard truecrypt is a good peace of software but im a bit of a noob when it...
Software
AMD Quad Core problems extracting from encryption, and converting vids
I am not sure what to blame this all on. I recently upgraded my system to an AMD Quad Core 635 Processor. Although, over-all, it does seem faster. It also seems like some tasks have started failing intermittently, which is uncool. In particular, when I go to extract large zip files, etc. Every...
General Discussion
Encryption Key?
Yesterday Win7 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!
General Discussion
BitLocker Drive Encryption - Change Encryption Method and Cipher Strength
How to Change Windows 7 BitLocker Drive Encryption Method and Cipher Strength This will show you how to change the encryption algorithm and key cipher strength used by BitLocker to encrypt drives in Windows 7.BitLocker Drive Encryption supports 128-bit and 256-bit encryption keys. Longer...
Tutorials


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 20:43.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App