how decrypt files and folder in win xp after formatted

hi i'm formatted my pc using win xp then i can't access some encrypted files pls help me i don't have any certificate and any other detail of last user which i formatted ?

Hi VikasKumawat,


Thank you for posting your query in Microsoft Community Forums.


From the issue description, I understand that you are trying to open encrypted files on Windows XP computer.


-How do you encrypt the file, was it using Windows encrypt tool or do you use any third party application?


If you have encrypted the files using Windows encrypt tool, 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:


Encrypting File System overview


To decrypt a file or folder


How to remove file or folder encryption in Windows XP


Hope it helps.

Keep us posted if you face any issues related to Windows in future. We will be glad to help you.



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Last updated December 31, 2020 Views 603 Applies to: