Compress or encrypt attributes

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January 30, 2011 at 22:14:14
Specs: Windows XP
I'm using windows XP SP3, I'm having a problem with above subject.

First,
I right clicked a folder/files > Properties > Advanced > Under Compress or encrypt attributes i checked > Encrypt content to secure data> OK and OK to exit. I noticed that the file name is in GREEN color, i love it because it looks difference from other file names. So i did the same with other files.

Second
Recently i formatted my laptop, and i found out that, all the folders that contained, files, photos, movies and software could not open.
Then, I right clicked a folder/files > Properties > Advanced > Under Compress or encrypt attributes i unchecked > Encrypt content to secure data> OK and OK to exit, i received an error message:

An error occur applying attributes to the file
D:/fu ***3
Access is denied

I've tried to know how to remove the Compress or encrypt attributes so that i will be able to open my files but all to no avail. I've read many online help but none of them helped me.

Finally
I right clicked a folder/files > Properties > Advanced > Under Compress or encrypt attributes as it's checked > Encrypt content to secure data> Details > I saw Users who can transparently access this file: my User Name and Certificate Thumbprint > I clicked Add> Select User dialog window: Select the users certificate with whom you want to share the access. Nothing is inside the dialog window also Find User button is not active.

Please how to Remove this Compress or encrypt attributes


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January 31, 2011 at 01:40:55
Once you encrypt files using the Encrypting File System, which is what you have done, you can only unencrypt them by using the same user profile. When you reinstalled Windows you destroyed that profile, so now you cannot unencrypt the files.

There is some fairly expensive software available that claims to be able to do this (http://www.elcomsoft.com/aefsdr.html) but I have no experience of it.


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