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Windows prompt to "Back up your encryption certificate and key


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#1 garfieldcfc

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Posted 12 January 2015 - 06:03 PM

I got this prompt today when I got home, not entirely sure why it would need me to do this. I've never seen this prompt before, and have been using windows 7 (on different hard drives) since its release. Should I just let it do the thing?

 

"Back up your file encryption certificate and key"

 

Creating this backup file helps you avoid permanently losing access to your encrypted files if the original certificate and key are lost or corrupted.

 

Then 3 buttons:

 

Back up now (recommended)

You should back up the certificate and key to removable media

 

Back up later

Windows will remind you the next time you log on

 

Never back up

you could lose access to your encrypted files



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Posted 12 January 2015 - 06:18 PM

Hi,

 

The prompt suggests you have select to encrypt some files using the windows built-in encryption, to avoid losing your files Windows advise you to create a backup of the encryption key...

 

The following article explain how you determine which files are encrypted and revert the process if you did it by mistake.


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Posted 12 January 2015 - 06:39 PM

I tried to run cipher.exe, but the command prompt closed almost instantly.



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Posted 13 January 2015 - 05:23 PM

Hi,

 

I tried to run cipher.exe, but the command prompt closed almost instantly.

 

You need to open the Command Prompt first running as Administrator but I did some testing and the output generated by the cipher.exe tools isn't very easy to read...

 

A more simple solution is to download SearchMyFiles it's free and don't need to be installed, select the version that matches your OS (x86 or x64) and extract the zip file to some folder

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  1. On the Base Folders box click Browse to select the drivers you want to search
  2. On the Attributes - Encrypted select Yes
  3. click the Start Search button

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Posted 13 January 2015 - 07:02 PM

Looks like it's mostly Minecraft. Thanks for the help!






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