encryption help PLEASE!!!

March 1, 2011 at 17:30:18
Specs: Windows 7
I have an old acer picture file that i encrypted i now have removed the hard driv from that computer and am in the proces of transfering files to my windows 7 new laptop how do i unlock these files?

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#1
March 1, 2011 at 18:04:14
If the file was encrypted with NTFS encryption you must decrypt it with the original computer and with the same account it was encrypted.

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#2
March 1, 2011 at 18:13:27
the original computer has a bullet through it

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#3
March 1, 2011 at 18:30:35
Then you have a serious problem.
The problem is that the file was encrypted, or scrambled, with a certificate that is a part of the account that encrypted it. Without this certificate decryption becomes a very difficult proposition. An account on an different Windows installation with the same name and password is by no means the same account.

Sorry, but unless you have an alternate copy of that file I cannot hold out much hope of recovering it. For important files you really need at least one backup copy.


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