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Accessing NTFS encrypted files after changing user password

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#1 melobnxs


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Posted 17 February 2010 - 12:54 AM

I had several files that I NTFS encrypted on my Windows XP pro laptop. I recently changed my log in password and now cannot access my files. I receive an access denied error message. I really need to get into these files. I have tried taking ownership of file and changing password back. Neither worked. I can locate the key within regedit but I do not know what I can do with it. If anyone has any suggestions I would be forever thankful.

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Posted 18 February 2010 - 01:07 PM

How did you change the password back? Did you do it from within the account in question or as the Administrator? If as the Administrator, try changing it back again while already logged into the account.

If that doesn't work, and you don't have either a Password Recovery Disk or a user set up with Data Recovery rights, (the disk or the user rights must have been created while you still had access to the files) then I'm afraid your files are not recoverable.

Edited by Amazing Andrew, 18 February 2010 - 01:11 PM.

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