RE: Access denied when accessing encrypted files

From: Pat Hoffer [MSFT] (
Date: 04/01/05

Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2005 17:25:02 -0800

A couple of questions... Do you have SP2 installed on your machine and is
your machine connected (online) to the network when you get "access denied"
to the files?


"Rachel L Chipman" wrote:

> I have file encryption setup for some files on my hard drive (XP
> Professional). Everything was working fine until I was prompted to change my
> network password. I did this and am now unable to access the encrypted
> files. I get the message Access denied when trying to open the files. If I
> change my network password back, I am then able to open the files.
> Our network is set to have users change their domain password every X number
> of days. If they do and are then unable to access encrypted files on their
> PC, what good is the EFS in XP?? From what I can see, you can not use EFS in
> XP if you are on a network and changing your network password periodically.
> Any input on this is GREATLY appreciated.
> Thank you.
> Rachel