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I have a number of folders on my hard disk drive that have been encrypted using the built-in Windows XP folder encryption.

How can I get a list of all of the locations that have been encrypted? Search doesn't seem to have an option for it.

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How can I find all the encrypted files in Windows XP?

You can use any of the following 3 methods to locate encrypted files:

1. Use the CIPHER command.

2. Change the color that Windows Explorer uses to display the files:

Double-click My Computer and use Tools / Folder Options.

Select the View tab.

Check the Show encrypted or compressed NTFS files in color box and press OK.

3. Have Windows Explorer display the Attributes column:

Double-click My Computer and press the View menu.

Select Details and press Choose Details.

Check the items that you want to see, including Attributes, and press OK.

NOTE: You can use Tools / Folder Options / View to Apply to All Folders.


... or do yourself a big favour and get Total Commander as suggested by Nik. :)

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If it was something I had to do often, I'd do it, but this is a one-time thing - CIPHER command is exactly what I was looking for. – chris Nov 9 '09 at 17:58
oh, TC is far more than just a convenient tool to locate encrypted files. :) – Molly7244 Nov 9 '09 at 18:06
@Molly - What's the difference between Total Commander & Free Commander? – Patriot Nov 10 '09 at 16:03
in relation to this question? Free Commander doesn't have the filter "Encrypted" in "Search", other than that, although a viable alternative for the casual user, Free Commander just isn't as good as TC. feel free to test TC for 30 days and compare them yourself (although the program will not be crippled after the eval period, i encourage user to pay the few quid, it's really worth every penny). – Molly7244 Nov 14 '09 at 0:38

According to this other answer, Total Commander is able to search for encrypted folders:

Commands > Search > Genaral tab

search for: *.* and select the drive(s)

open the Advanced tab, check Attributes and clear all boxes except Encrypted

hit Start Search

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+1 ... looks better this way :P – Molly7244 Nov 9 '09 at 17:52

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