How to enable EFS Encryption in Windows 8?

To clarify. Not BitLocker. Again, because people will talk about how BitLocker is only available in Windows 8 Pro, I am talking about EFS (Encrypting File System). Different than BitLocker.

 

Ok, so in previous versions of Windows to encrypt a file/folder you simply needed to right-click > properties > (general tab) click advanced > check "encrypt contents to secure data" and the deed was done. I know that you cannot simultaneously encrypt and compress files/folders, so that's not the problem. I just want to know how to turn on that feature becasue EFS offered some great functionality that I would like to have back.

 

I am using the regular (no-pro) version of Windows 8 on a single hard drive, no storage pool strangeness going on here.

 

Again; no, the files/folders are not compressed and I am not talking about BitLocker.

 

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Last updated May 16, 2019 Views 7,128 Applies to:

Hi

 

The Encrypting File System is not available in the Windows 8 core version.

 

EFS has never been included in the core (Home, Starter, Basic) versions of Windows.

 


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Well why isn't it on the product comparison page from Microsoft. That's really lame.

 

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/compare

 

Thanks for settling it though.

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