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Decrypting Files and Folders Encrypted With EFS

To decrypt a folder, use the same process as encrypting but in reverse order:

  1. Right-click the folder that you want to decrypt, and select Properties.

  2. In the Properties dialog box, click the Advanced button.

  3. The Advanced Attributes dialog box displays. To Decrypt the folder, clear the Encrypt contents to secure data option and click OK.

  4. Click OK to close the Properties dialog box.

  5. If the folder has files in it, the Confirm Attribute Changes dialog box displays. Select the option you want and click OK.

    • If you select Apply changes to this folder only, the files already residing in the folder will not be encrypted, but files subsequently moved to or created in this folder will be encrypted.

    • If you select Apply changes to this folder, subfolders, and files, all existing contents of the folder will be encrypted.

The names of the folder and all files that have been decrypted display in the default color in Windows Explorer.

Last updated July 15, 2010 @ 4:45 pm

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