Drive crashed, have backup of EFS encrypted files, new machine Windows pre-loaded, can't open encrypted files
Posted on 2005-05-02
Machine hard drive crashed. Have a backup using Retrospect, but files in My Documents and below are EFS encrypted. Have a new machine, Windows XP Pro is pre-loaded. Restored files from backup but can't read encrypted files. Imported the license from the old system: Documents and Settings/Application Data/Microsoft/Certificate System/My/Certificates (or something similar). Didn't do any good.
There's no EFS group policy defined on the new machine. Tried to add one, but I don't have the certificates available. Imported again but now I"m way over my head and not sure what to do. Machine is in a workgroup, not a domain. I created the exact same user name, machine name and workgroup name as the old machine. I don't want to do an image restore on this new machine, but I can start all over from scratch because it's brand new.
Appreciate any help you can give me!