Recover encrypted files or folders

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by mattske, Mar 23, 2007.

  1. mattske

    mattske Guest

    Hopefully someone can help me out here. I am running Windows Vista Ultimate
    on a brand new computer. My old pc had video card problems and crapped out on

    I have attached my old hard drive to this new computer via an external
    drive, and so far I am able to transfer my files over, however I am running
    into problems with some encrypted files that I have. It is not allowing me to
    transfer or open them. I can see that they are present and can access their
    security settings. I have followed the directions in Help and Support - and I
    think I have located my Windows XP EFS Certificate and key but I am not sure
    and I still cannot access these files. Can someone walk me thru where these
    keys/certificates are located or what I should do.

    Thanks :)
    mattske, Mar 23, 2007
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  2. mattske

    bazad Guest

    Your files are lost regardless of which OS you are running unless you have a
    backup copy of a certificate used to encrypt files.
    bazad, Mar 23, 2007
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  3. mattske

    mattske Guest

    I recall making a backup or something back in the day - but I don't know if I
    left it in a folder on the drive or put it on an external drive. It's been so
    long I have no idea what happened to it. But I can see when I search the old
    drive a folder with different certificates and keys and what not - but I dont
    know how to proceed from there.

    Where would this kind of stuff be located so I can try and hunt it down?
    mattske, Mar 23, 2007
  4. Have you tried using the Easy Transfer Wizard to copy the files over? If you
    use the wizard, it will also copy over your EFS certificate and key. For
    more information on using the Easy Transfer wizard, see this article:
    "Transfer files and settings from another computer"

    If you still have problems opening the files after you have transferred them
    with the wizard, the last section in this article can help you recover them:
    "Troubleshoot encrypted files and folders"

    Charlene Shepard [MSFT], Mar 23, 2007
  5. mattske

    mattske Guest

    Hi Charlene,

    Like I mentioned earlier, I do not have access to my old computer - all I
    have is the old hard drive itself - which I am accessing by my usb external
    drive. I have tried the Easy Transfer Wizard but it asks me to connect to the
    old computer and clearly I can't do that.

    Since I cannot transfer the files with the wizard - what else can I do?
    I went to the link that I provided below and tried to follow the directions
    but If I cannot directly access the old computer then where can the
    certificate and key be found on the old hard drive.

    mattske, Mar 24, 2007
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    Kerry Brown Guest

    Kerry Brown, Mar 24, 2007
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