Re: recovery agent cannot decrypt EFS file

From: Steven L Umbach (
Date: 07/01/05

Date: Fri, 1 Jul 2005 00:05:03 -0500

Sounds like you should be good to go. One thing to check is that you have
full control permissions on that file and you might try using the cipher
command. In a Windows 2000 domain or Windows 2000 local user, if the user
account still exists try resetting the users password then logging on as the
user on the computer where the file was encrypted and see if you can decrypt
the file. The user's profile and certificate/private key would need to be on
the computer in order for such to work. -- Steve

"Thomas McLeod" <> wrote in message
> Dear All,
> I'm the domain RA and I restored a file encrypted by another user to my
> machine. All machines are Win2k SP4. Using efsinfo, I checked that my RA
> cert is on the file and also installed in my personal store with the
> private
> key available. I checked the thumbprints and they match.
> But I still can't decrypt the file. What's up?
> Thomas

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