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Windows 7: A Question about encryption

24 May 2010   #1

Windows 7
A Question about encryption

I feel stupid asking this question but i have been unable to find anything about it anywhere, on my screen shot you see the encryption which is grayed out and i was wondering how you can use this and what it does, does it add a password or what.. sorry for my annoyance

Thank you!

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24 May 2010   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Deceit, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You can read more details on what the encrypted feature in Windows does in the tutorial below to help.

Encrypt or Decrypt a Folder or File - Vista Forums

It looks like it may be disabled though since it is grayed out.

Encryption - Disable or Enable - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,
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24 May 2010   #3

Windows 7

So, I wont be able to get it to work because i have home premium, or would i be able to enable it by downloading the tool for vista, even thought im running windows 7 and thanks again for your help

cool avatar btw
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24 May 2010   #4

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Ah, yes, unfortunately that feature is not available in Windows 7 Home Premium.

However, there are many free encryption programs available like AxCrypt that you could use instead.
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25 May 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9

TrueCrypt is another good alternative.

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06 Jun 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium

Has anybody actually installed and used Axcrypt? I have downloaded it along with all of the information on, both the author's and FAQs.

1) Is its use fairly straightforward?

2) Is it easy to uninstall?

3) Is 128-bit AES really sufficient these days?


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06 Jun 2010   #7

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Gerry,

Yes, it's easy to use from the context menu of files and folders. It's also easy to uninstall from Programs and Features like any other program.

If you would like stronger encryption, then TrueCrypt has 256-bit AES and is just as easy to use.

Hope this helps,
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