On the 22nd of this month, my computer shut down when I was away. I still have no idea whether it shut down by itself or it was a power cut.
But when I reached it, and started the PC I found that all the apps and user data missing. Nothing configured as before, no shortcuts, none of any application that I own has its configurations.
I had to finish work and had to have my user account configured files, as before in. So I made a local account, deleted my Microsoft user account, then re-add it again, same Microsoft account, same email, same password; I thought it would sync everything, and everything would be fixed ( It didn't.), in that rush, when asked by windows (while deleting my user account) whether to delete user data or keep, I like instantly chose delete data.
What's more disastrous to soon realise, is that I didn't take caution about my encrypted files. Which later I couldn't manage to access any of my windows encrypted files at all, my life are in those files.
All encrypted files are under the sword of just a private key or a certificate or whatever windows is saying, I can't figure anything anymore.
I tried to remember anything, whether I might had backed up a key somewhere( don't know it's this relevant key or another one, still) .
I searched for it and found the key, it seems recent, though, I found it inside an already encrypted folder, which by its turn, made the key file itself also encrypted, is that it seems that i backed up the key to an already encrypted folder.
Now everything seems horrendous, those files are literally my life, without then I'm..., don't know what to say. These encrypted files are my life my work and my family, I am seeking any help that could aid in recovering anything.
The Microsoft account is the same I always used and it has the computer name linked to it.
Few caveat things could had led to that; so few more clarifications, I would add.
- The night that I left my computer and went away, I, for no reason, but feeling anxious & worried, from the constant windows 10 crashes/bugs since my upgrade, was decrypting all my files on the disk ( I hope it did that earlier), and because it showed that it'd take long time, I left the computer for the whole night, doing it, which by next morning, found it shut down as I said earlier.
- Since the problem occurred, and till now, I have managed to recover deleted data, as I could, there are many files, some are from the user folders in the windows Users folder.
- I managed by going to machine certificates to recover all the available certificates, even the one that has the same thumbprint.
- Another thing to mention ( I don't know whether it would help or not), is that before upgrading to windows 10, I was using a local account, and when I made the a new user by my Microsoft account, Outlook email address, the user name for the user profile has been named after the first few letters of my email address. I wanted to change that to be my usual user name that I always used, so I went and renamed the user (first few letters of my email address) to be what I wanted, from 'Computer Management'
I wish someone has a real technical solution, I have been doing everything I know since the problem occurred, but all boils down to my own limited knowledge.
Any legal procedures needed, will be taken by immediately. I have nothing more important than to recover my files.
Edited by Mark7968, 25 August 2015 - 10:38 AM.