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    Default XP File Encryption

    I was windows Xp and a while ago I encrypted files on a user account to stop access etc. Since then the user has been deleted how ever the files are still there and are still encrypted. I realise u need to be the user who encrypted the files to decrypt the files, since that is not possible I am stuck for ideas and need to remove the encryption. Can someone help?



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    This might help
    What would you do if your server was stolen or failed beyond repair?
    http://www.2000cn.com.au/shadowprotect.html

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    Method 1: Remove encryption from a file
    Only the following people can decrypt an encrypted file:
    The user who encrypted the file
    Any user who was designated as a recovery agent before the file was encrypted
    Any user who has the public key or private key for the recovery agent or the user who originally encrypted the file
    Any user who has been granted access to the file

    1. The user who encrypted the file was removed/deleted
    2. There is no designated recovery agent
    3. No one has a public or private key
    4. No other user has been granted access to the file

    This is where I am stuck, not even the administrator account can access these files...

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    If the admin account was not set as a recovery agent before hand, your going to be stuck getting access to the files without the original account and the keys now I think. Only way to confirm this for sure I think would be to have credit card in hand and phone MS Support line.
    What would you do if your server was stolen or failed beyond repair?
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    Damn. I thought there would have been a way around it.

    Thanx Anyway.

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