EFS - Lost Certificate, Access is denied
- From: Thomas Bandt <news@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2006 12:27:07 +0200
I have a "little" problem here. In 2005 I encrypted some
important files on my notebook, and of course I did a
backup of the certificate.
By switching to a new desktop pc I imported the cert and
copied the files - successfully.
Yesterday, after more than 6 months of happiness, I got
an "Access is denied" error message for every encrypted
file on my machine.
Oops, I thought, and deleted the two existing certs
whithout thinking a bit (ouch!!!!), and imported the
original cert which I thought was beeing in use for
But with no success. In the meanwhile I know, that Windows
was using another cert for encryption (I think the second
which I deleted ...), I don't know why the hell it was
using this, but the fingerprint of the cert I get in
"Encryption Details" dialog is not the fingerprint of my
And no: I didn't log in as Administrator before, so there
is also no recovery agent :-(.
Now the final question is: are the files lost? Or is there
any chance to rebuild the right cert (I've seen that, if no
cert is available it always creates a new with a random
fingerprint) or another way to get the data back?
I did not reinstall the system, and I did not change the
Thanks for every answer.
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