Questions tagged [efs]

EFS (or Encrypting File System) is a feature included in some high-end versions of Windows Vista and 7 which allows the user to encrypt data on a filesystem level.

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How to remove Encrypted flag when copying a file from a HDD to a USB drive?

Environment: Windows 7, but applies to other EFS-compatible Windows versions I have a file that is encrypted using standard Windows EFS encryption. When I copy that file to a USB drive using Total ...
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How to use backup EFS certificate to decrypt encrypted files?

I have some files that were encrypted on a now extinct Windows 7 system. I made sure to backup my keys, this one is called efs.pfx. Double-clicking it launches the Certificate Import Wizard which ...
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I started getting a weird message “Encrypting file system - Back up your file encryption key”

I started getting a strange message when I start my computer. An icon appears in the system tray, and a popup tells me "Encrypting file system - Back up your file encryption key". I know what EFS is, ...
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Getting Through EFS (Encrypted File System)

I'm 99% sure, at this point, that the answer is, "not possible." But I figured there are tons of smart people here who might be able to help me out, even if that help is just to validate that it's not ...
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EFS disallows me from decrypting files on Windows 7?

I have a large folder with a lot of personal photos that I would like to copy. But Windows 7 won't let me. Apparently they are encrypted. I can't remember setting that, nor can I remember any sort of ...
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Encrypting a folder

I'm familiar with bitlocker, having been using it for a while, but I am looking at just encrypting a folder instead. But I just don't understand the options it's giving me. When I right-click a ...
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Who can decrypt EFS files?

I'm running Windows 7 Professional at home and decided to encrypt some of my files using the built-in EFS. My understanding is that only the account that encrypted the files can also read them again - ...
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Recover EFS encrypted data from non-bootable Vista x64 drive

My laptop running vista x64 experienced hardware failure. The hard drive appears undamaged, and when I connect it to my win7 desktop, I can read all the files except the EFS encrypted user folder, ...
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How do I let the SYSTEM account use EFS encryption?

I want to encrypt some files used by a Windows service running as Local System (i.e. using the NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM account). Since BitLocker doesn't seem to work with software RAID, EFS seems to be ...
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Decrypt EFS files

Here's my situation. Was using EFS on my Vista laptop - had a backup of my certificate. HD crashed...managed to recover some of my files (Encrypted) - but they "lost" the "Encrypted" attribute in ...
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Accessing EFS-encrypted files after resetting Windows password

I have some EFS-encrypted files in Windows. The owning user account is protected by a password, which can be easily bypassed (i.e. reset) by many tools and methods. So what will happen to these ...
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I've lost access to my encrypted files

I have an account on Windows Server 2008 R2, which at the moment I am using as a desktop. I had certain files encrypted under a standard user account. I changed my password, and then lost power ...
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EFS - Find out what's encrypted

Since a few days when I start Windows Vista i get a Popup from "Encrypting File System" (coming from process efsui.exe) asking me to backup the certificate and key. I don't know what i did to get ...
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EFS recovery from backed up registry files?

Here's what I have: Backed up encrypted files Backed up registry files (ntuser.dat) password The original OS (Windows XP) hosting the EFS encrypted files is gone. I do not have a backed up key file....
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BitLocker vs. Encrypting File System (EFS) on Windows 7

So BitLocker encrypts the entire hard drive, while EFS encrypts individual files. Is there any difference in the way that they implement the encryption? Do they both use your user account password as ...
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Recover EFS Certificate from dead Motherboard

I created an encrypted file with Windows 7 32-bit on a NAS (mybooklive) and backed the file (not the certificate) up locally to the computer's hard drive. The original Win7 computer had a motherboard ...
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How to use a hard drive containing EFS-encrypted files on another computer?

I'm starting to use EFS feature to encrypt several folders of my hard drive, using Right click > Properties > Advanced > Encrypt contents to secure data (see screenshot). At the end of the process, a ...
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Temporarily read an EFS-encrypted folder on someone else's computer

Example situation: You have an external USB hard drive with a folder D:\Work\ encrypted with EFS, and you want to copy a few files from it to your colleague Bob's computer You plug the external USB ...
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What happens with EFS-encrypted files, if I install Windows 7?

I'm going to update my OS from Vista to Windows 7. I got some files (not on the OS-partition) encrypted with EFS. What happens if I install Windows 7? Will I still be able to access my files?
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Unexpected Access Denied error while accessing EFS encrypted file

I am getting Access Denied error when I try to access some files. ACL is OK, all ACE's all intherited, I have full access to these files and I am the owner of these files. ACE's are exactly same as ...
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EFS and encrypting new files automatically

I have an issue where files are not always being encrypted. I did a right-click and set the folder to encrypt all sub-folders and files when they are dropped in. As of right now, new files are not ...
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How to decrypt EFS encrypted files from Linux

Because the regular decrypt procedure with cipher fails, looking for alternatives. Along the lines of this exercise: Goal You have succeeded once you know the content of the encrypted file... ...
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How do I recover Windows EFS keys

Long before my hard drive crashed I backed it up using Acronis TrueImage 2010, a full partition backup of Windows 7 Professional 64bits. Oddly enough, the C OS partition is the placed as the second ...