Unencrypting files from a different user account
Posted on 2003-11-05
Here are some details to help understand what is happening:
Dual partition, with Windows XP Pro and NTFS on both partitions
c:\windows - Origional XP installation directory (corrupt)
c:\winnt - New XP installation directory (working)
myname - User account that created the encrypted files
myname_new - User account currently trying to access the encrypted files
Both have administrative privledges
Here is my problem...
I had to reinstall my XP operating system because I had a problem starting XP (c:\windows). In a panic, I reinstalled XP to a new directory (c:\winnt) without reformating the harddrive and created a new user account with administrative privledges (myname_new) leaving the origional XP installation (c:\windows) and user accounts intact.
What I wanted to do is reinstall XP in a new directory (c:\winnt) so I could access some misc files and to make a backup of the files I had from the origional XP installation (c:\windows).
I backed up most of my files that I created from the origional XP (Program files, Shared documents, etc), but I had some files which I encrypted using my old account (myname) that were encrypted using the WindowsXP encryption, but as you my know, only the user who encrypted the filed can unencrypt them.
Also, I cannot access my "c:\documents and settings\MYNAME." I get an access denied message.
Before you ask, I have no way to login to my old username (myname) from the corrupt installation (c:\windows) as I have tried everything.
Here is the message I get when trying to unencrypt the files that were encrypted with the "myname" account from the old installation (c:\windows) while I'm in the new installation using the "myname_new" account:
An error has occured applying attributes to the file:
Access is denied
Is there a way to unencrypt the files from the origional XP or maybe is there a way to restore my origional XP so I can login and unencrypt the files?