EFS - Backup Certificate & Keys???

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by John Gallagher, Jun 29, 2007.

  1. Can someone explain why I am getting this message to backup my certicate &

    I am using Vista Ultimate but have not set up EFS and so far have no need to
    do so. Yet I began receiving a message yesterday stating that I should back
    up my certicates and keys from "Encrypting File System". I did not know why
    and elected to try to backup. Needless to say, this was fruitless since the
    dialog asked me the file name to backup and I had no idea what it would be.
    I then elected to be notified again later but the message now appears on
    each reboot.

    I seem to remember someone stating that this may have something to do with
    OneNote which is on my machine but has yet to be used.

    The message seems to have started after I downloaded a compressed file from
    Apple (the one for the iPhone) and extracted it. It has since been deleted.
    I do not know if this is related to the problem.

    I am really lost here. I am tempted to pick the option to "Never back up"
    since I do not think I have any encrypted files.

    Is there a way to check whether any encrypted files exist and what their
    source is (since I did not do it)? And does anyone know why this message
    would all of a sudden just start popping up? More importantly, what should I
    do to get rid of it?

    Thanks for any help.

    John G.
    John Gallagher, Jun 29, 2007
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  2. PS. I just used the command "CIPHER /U /N" and it showed no encrypted files.
    John Gallagher, Jun 29, 2007
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  3. John Gallagher

    John Arnold Guest

    I'm also having the same problem. I started getting messages yesterday asking
    me to back up my file encryption certificate and key but I've not set
    anything to be encrypted. I'm now getting the message every time I reboot.

    How do I discover which files or folders on my system have been encrypted?
    And why?

    John Arnold, Aug 28, 2007
  4. John Gallagher

    John Arnold Guest

    Ok I should have tried this before posting earlier.

    I just tried the CIPHER /U /N command and found that 5 Adobe Photoshop Brush
    sets I downloaded yesterday were set to be encrypted. They were downloaded as
    ZIP files and I dragged and dropped them from the zip into the
    Photoshop/Presets/Brushes folder. At no point did I set them to be encrypted
    and I suspect they were made on a Mac. So how did these files get set for
    encryption? This seems like something that will happen again and again.

    For now I've set the files to be unencrypted. I don't yet know if this will
    make my reminders to backup my certificate and key go away.

    John Arnold, Aug 28, 2007
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