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Win10 encryption issue

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by pcguy9441, Oct 18, 2018.

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  1. pcguy9441

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    Some yrs ago I let my daughter use my PC to do her taxes on Turbotax. I created a temp acct with a name like "Temp1" or something.

    When she was done I did the full Win10 encryption on her files from that particular account. Then in my account, I encrypted all my tax stuff.

    Now I'm trying to copy to a USB drive with cut/paste but it wants me to decrypt first, OR it wants permission from the original owner. But, I removed that account months ago. Can I just create a new acct with the same username and open up privs? I tried to override all privs from the master Windows "super user" admin acct and it seemed to take, but still can't copy or decrypt. That's some security.
     
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    I just recreated the original user acct with the same userID and still can not decrypt the files. Seems there should be a way for the high level Windows admin to do this.
     
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    Anybody can decrypt the files. All that is needed is the encryption key. If the encryption key was not saved and the original account is no longer available the encryption is said to be very secure.
     
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    In other words, Windows stores the decryption key in the account. Creating another account bearing the same name would not help.
     
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