I've got two HDs; one which is for the OS, and one for files. (I run Macrium Reflect, but stupidly did not include the OS drive in that imaging.)
For some reason my Windows profile became corrupted. While I still have all of my files on the second hard drive, many of them are under ownership of the corrupted profile and I cannot access them or assign new ownership in order to use them. Attempting to "Make personal" in the context menu throws a "Error 0x80071771, The specified file could not be decrypted".
I followed some online help to access the hidden Admin profile and created a new profile to start rebuilding everything. I AM able to log in to the corrupted profile (and have not deleted it), but am trying not to do so out of caution for screwing up more stuff.
Since the corrupt profile still exists, is there a way to locate and use the key so I can decrypt my files?
I tried running SFC Scannow and DISM's Restorehealth commands, both of which are saying everything looks fine. SFC did initially say it found some corrupted files and then repaired them, but the old profile is still missing all of my desktop files, wallpaper- obvious clues that it's still royally messed up.
Does anyone have any ideas on how to decrypt files owned by a corrupted profile?
Thank you so much!!!