Windows 10: Cannot Preview Encrypted Files in File Explorer

Discus and support Cannot Preview Encrypted Files in File Explorer in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; I just made the move from a Vista 64-bit machine to a Windows 10 Pro machine (64-bit). I have been able to sort out, work around, and learn many things... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by DiamondGirl, May 9, 2019.

  1. Cannot Preview Encrypted Files in File Explorer


    I just made the move from a Vista 64-bit machine to a Windows 10 Pro machine (64-bit). I have been able to sort out, work around, and learn many things to get this machine to do what I need it to do.

    However, there is one issue I have not been able to solve. When using File Explorer to preview encrypted files, the preview pane displays, "The file you are attempting to preview could harm your computer. If you trust the file and the source you received it from, open it to view its contents." This message is displayed for every single encrypted file. It does not matter if it is pdf, txt, or another file type.

    It is important to note that while many of these files are on an external hard drive from my previous machine, this happens immediately with encrypted files saved on this new Windows 10 machine.

    I have been scouring Google to try to find an answer. It looks like a few others are having this issue, too, but it does not look like anyone has found an answer yet. One post said it could not be done, but considering I was able to do this in Vista, I cannot accept that answer.

    I relied heavily on the preview feature in Vista and really need this to work in Windows 10. It kills my productivity to have to open each file instead of just taking a quick glance at it!

    Can anyone help me figure out how to fix this?

    :)
     
    DiamondGirl, May 9, 2019
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  2. Windows XP file encryption

    LOL thanks, I think its standard windows XP file encryption
     
    troyrae360, May 9, 2019
    #2
  3. Paolo Mag Win User
    "This file can't be previewed" problem in explorer

    Hi Deborah,

    For us to provide an accurate resolution, kindly elaborate the issue by answering the questions listed below:

    • Since when have you been experiencing this issue?
    • Were there any changes on your PC before this happened like software or updates installed?

    For initial troubleshooting, we suggest that you follow the steps listed below:

    • Open File Explorer.
    • Access this link

      C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer
    • Delete all the files.
    • After deleting the files kindly try and see if there's a thumbnail preview of your files.

    We're looking forward to your response.
     
    Paolo Mag, May 9, 2019
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  4. UkeScott Win User

    Cannot Preview Encrypted Files in File Explorer

    Preview Pane and Encrypted Files

    I have encrypted my files in Windows 10 but now cannot see them in Preview Pane of File Explorer.

    I have to open every file to see the content.

    Is there any way to view a file in the preview pane if it is encypted?
     
    UkeScott, May 9, 2019
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