Windows 10: URGENT!! Decrypt files after deleting encryption certificate

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    URGENT!! Decrypt files after deleting encryption certificate


    Dear community

    This is very urgent and i can't come up with a solution by my own. I'm getting scared that the mess i created isn't fixable.

    A while back i created an EFS encryption for my Laptop. As i'm not really an IT expert, i didn't really know what i was doing so i was surprised that now all files i create on my computer were automatically encrypted. What i actually wanted was to encrypt specific files. But i left it for quite a long time because i didn't find a solution to reverse it. It really started to annoy me that i had to decrypt my files every time i wanted to transfer them to another computer. Today i was so annoyed that i tried again to find a solution. I googled and found an instruction on how to delete the encryption certificate. Without really thinking i assumed that by deleting the thing i created some time ago, all the files would decrypt and my problems would be solved. So i didn't hesitate and deleted the certificates. Now all my files are s encrypted, but i can't decrypt them separately anymore.

    All my files from university are on this computer and i can't access or decrypt them anymore.

    Does anyone have an advice on how to solve this?

    Thank your for your help

    :)
     
    Till, Nov 3, 2019
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  2. Windows 10 Encryption/Decryption of Folders/Files 'Certificate'

    Hi,

    Thank you for posting in Microsoft Community.

    To understand the issue better, I suggest you to answer the below question.

    • Were you able to Encrypt the data?
    • Did you get any error message?
    • What exact issue are you facing with Encryption and Decryption?
    Note: The first time you encrypt a folder or file, an encryption certificate is automatically created. You should back up your encryption certificate.
    If your certificate and key are lost or damaged and you don't have a backup,
    you won't be able to use the files that you have encrypted.

    Keep us posted to help you better.
     
    Sachin Venkatesh, Nov 3, 2019
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    Hi,

    One of our employee deleted and encrypted the files in the F: drive using cipher.exe command. While trying to recover them with a third party software, the deleted files are showing and all of them are encrypted. Can anyone suggest how can i decrypt and
    recover all the deleted data back?
     
    RoyalUnited, Nov 3, 2019
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    Decrypt Encrypted Files and folders Backed up from Win 7 to Win 10

    Hi Dania,

    Thank you for reply. Sorry for the delay.

    • Did you use any program or software to encrypt files?
    • Did you try to decrypt with the encryption certificate/key?
    • What error did you receive when you try to decrypt?
    The first time you encrypt a folder or file, an encryption certificate is automatically created. You should back up your encryption certificate. If your certificate and key are lost or damaged and you don't have a backup, you won't be able to use the files
    that you have encrypted. For more information, see
    Back up Encrypting File System (EFS) certificate
    .

    Please get back to us with the required information to assist you further.
     
    Kalpana Shankarappa, Nov 3, 2019
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