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File decryption

Discussion in 'Software' started by philbenson, Dec 26, 2006.

  1. philbenson

    philbenson Byte Poster

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    I've just re-installed Windows XP after a hard drive format. Of course after pressing the nuke button, I remembered that some files on a second drive were encrypted using EFS from my previous Windows installation.

    Now I can see these files again, but so far my attempts to access them have been unsuccessful. Anyone know a way around?
     
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  2. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Depends on whether this is a domain install or workgroup.

    If the latter you are hosed. If the former the domain admin should be able to decrypt them.

    Or did you keep a separate copy of the keys?

    Harry.
     
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  3. BosonMichael
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    If you're not on a domain, you'll need to get some recovery software to decrypt those files because you've permanently lost the key. I've never used them, so I wouldn't be able to provide any advice on that.

    EDIT: You beat me to it - got called away from my desktop. :D
     
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  4. Leehaa

    Leehaa Gigabyte Poster

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    Hello,

    Have you sorted the problem yet?

    Would be v. interested to hear what you did to resolve it!
     
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