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I badly need access to an archive.pst file. The user encrypted it with another account (that doeas not exist anymore). Anyone knows a tool or something else to get rid of the encryption?
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by:jkr
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>>Anyone knows a tool or something else to get rid of the encryption?

Unless you have set up a recovery agent, you are out of luck. The key is deleted when the account is deleted. See also http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/technet/prodtechnol/windows2000serv/deploy/confeat/nt5efs.asp ("Encrypting File System for Windows 2000")
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by:burneweb
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This is true, Recovery Agent or your BUSTED! Sorry, this is what Encryption was designed for... You could try logging in as Administrator,(which, from my understanding, is the recovery agent for the loacl PC), take ownership of the file and uncheck the 'Encrypt contents to secure data' check box from the advanced button on the file's properties page. Cross your fingers!...

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by:DaTom
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I already tried this and much more. The next step is to take PartitionMagic and convert to FAT32... after a backup :-)
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You need to install the recovery agent.  Search microsoft's website for instructions how to do this.  Somewhere I read that if you transfer the file to another disk that isnt NTFS, it looses all of it's ntfs attributes, including encryption and compression.

Hope this helps.
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by:burneweb
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This may be a dumb question. You do realize (I hope) that you can't just click an archive.pst file and expect it to open. Right? You have to open it from within Outlook. My past experience says to never assume the obvious so that is why I ask. If you logged in as Admin, took ownership of the file, removed the encryption attribute then you should be able to view it's contents in Outlook, also assuming that you granted security permissions to the file to the account that you will use to log into Windows with.
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