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How do I get back the files that were in an encrypted folder in Windows XP? I went to the User I used to encrypt them (right click on folder->encrypt


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#1 andrewset

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 12:49 PM

How do I get back the files that were in an encrypted folder in Windows XP? I went to the User I used to encrypt them (right click on folder->encrypt folder and subfolders) and undid that option, but even though the folder and subfolders are no longer listed in green color (the color of encrypted folders) the files themselves are still gone, just the folders themselves remain, but no files at all that used to be visible in those folders. I hate encryption. I never thought it meant "hide these files from everyone, including ME." It's so stupid. How do I decrypt my folders, or, perhaps more accurately, how do I decrypt the files that used to be visible inside the folders and subfolders in the previously-encrypted folder? I even did the lengthy thing related to Certificates and still the files themselves are hidden from me. And they're not simply "hidden files" because I tried that option in options->View but it didn't do the trick. There's gotta be another way.
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Posted 07 February 2011 - 10:40 PM

It sounds like you may have already tried one of these steps.

Perhaps one of the others will restore the files for you.

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 08:38 AM

Yes I read that one already too when I Googled this but if only it were that easy. I unchecked the 'encrypt' option for all folders and subfolders and still no files. They're not deleted because the folder still has size despite not being able to see anything, but I can't find a way to decrypt them.




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