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Decrypt an encrypted file in XP problem

By A George
Apr 25, 2008
  1. hello,
    i had my system in a network previously....i had my username in the network as george.i encrypted a file in the id george (george@academy)...now i hav my system with me.... it has its own admin id as administrator...but iam unable to decrypt my prevoiusly encrypted file...please help me....reply me to <email address removed>

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  2. rf6647

    rf6647 TS Maniac Posts: 931

    Encrypted files and folders apply to XP professional. If you are not able to decrypt a file, then the certificate is not valid or the key is corrupt or not present. There is no documentation how to maintain the integrity of the key. The only advice is to copy the certificate to a floppy or other media & keep it safe.

    If encrypted files were shared across the network, I believe that involves another form of certificate. (I never could grasp the concept). I would try to obtain a copy of that certificate from a network user, and give it a try. There is a procedure to save on a media & import to your machine.

    On a different Board, the user concluded that the encryption key incorporated "DNA" from the OS when the only change was to re-load the OS on the same hard drive on the same computer. In theory, the user files were not touched, and the applications remained. However, the encrypted files could not be read.
     
  3. A George

    A George TS Rookie Topic Starter

    sir i dont know much about computers ....and iam not clear about what is said above...thank u for removing my id.......now the network is not available and i hav formatted my system and installed Xp ...i hav my encrypted files in my hard disk and iam unable to open it and copy it....
     
  4. A George

    A George TS Rookie Topic Starter

    sir i dont know much about computers ....and iam not clear about what is said above...thank u for removing my id.......now the network is not available and i hav formatted my system and installed Xp ...i hav my encrypted files in my hard disk and iam unable to open it and copy it....
     
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,525   +336

    You shot yourself in the foot by not decrypting all files before disassociating from the network.

    XP encryption can ONLY be recovered using a Recovery Agent.

    see this article

    or this MS KB
     
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