Recover encrypted files in Windows 7

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Help and Support' started by Kibler, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. Kibler

    Kibler New Member

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    Hello, To All

    If I have posted this in the wrong location please forgive me.
    My problem is that I encrypted files while running Vista and then installed Windows 7 with no problems except.
    That my certificate and key for Vista is in with the files that were encrypted.
    So I get the Access Denied error or do not have permission to access the certificate, so I can import it.
    Well, I also have tried to take ownership of folders and files, but did not work.
    I going to try to recover with other methods such as:
    Create a recovery certificate for encrypted files and see how this goes.

    I'm a advanced users and have many skills, but this is kicking my butt
    Any ideas, suggestions or guidance would be helpful.
     
  2. reghakr

    reghakr Excellent Member

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    What program did you use to encrypt them?
     
  3. Kibler

    Kibler New Member

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    I used the simple right click properties and then check the encrypted box, basically windows EFS.
     
  4. reghakr

    reghakr Excellent Member

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    I have never encrypted any files in Vista or Windows 7. I didn't see a need for it.

    I'm no expert at this, but Windows 7 uses Bitlocker encryption which is different than Vista.

    I think you're going to have a tough time doing this, but I wish you luck:)
     
  5. kemical

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    Doesn't sound good unless you can get back to vista and remove the encryption with the method you used. I always recommend that encryption is almost always a bad ides. Sensitive data is best stored on a usb that can be removed from the system and locked up. Even if you encrypt date... it's easy for skilled forensic specialist to find a lot of temporary pieces of files that were temporarily written to drives and deleted when encrypted. It's better if these temp writes are on the usb that can be hidden in a hollowed out table leg. .... oops... now you guys will come here and saw up my furniture.
     
  7. Kibler

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    Unlocker


    Hey! Kemical,
    I tried the program it seem to install but not properly, i'm running 64 bit Vista, which is why when i right click on i don't see it under properties.
    My pictures i got to get because mother and father are now deceased!!!
    This really sucks and the biggest mistake i have made in my life.

    I recovered the whole drive last night and will sort thru files tonight.
    but thanx for help and everyone that has been trying to help.
     
  8. kemical

    kemical Windows Forum Admin
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    Good luck in finding what your looking for... If you need further help then please post again..
     
  9. Kibler

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    Update

    I have resolved my issue with the encrypted files by using Restorer2000 recovery software.
    I recovered the drive in early date from when the file was encrypted.
    "Ol' thank heaven" and a ton bricks have been lifted from my shoulders

    I just wanted to say thanks for all people that helped me in this daunting task.
     
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    kemical Windows Forum Admin
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    Thanks for updating.. Pleased to hear you solved it..:)
     
  11. tblount

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    Great work. Now get a new hard drive and put win 7 on it and leave that one alone till you get everything you want off of it.
     

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