I've encypted some files under Windows XP about a while ago, and I very recently FORMATTED my drive (after backing up the data, and dumbly enough, I didn't backup the encryption key for the files) and installed Windows Vista RC2.
I've tried about 4 solutions found here on experts-exchange, I'm losing hope that software might help decrypt them if I had my old username/password, so it looks to me like I'm gonna have to brute-force it.
I've also read somewhere that having the SID too might do great help in recovering the data.
If there's no easier way, I'd like to brute-force it with rainbow tables, even if it takes too long, I've got time. Only problem is, I'm not at all familiar with that procedure.
NOTE: I've also read that copying the encrypted files on a FAT32 drive will recover them. Except, I've tried that, and it said that I needed permission from "S-1-5-21-1078081533-11760
, which supposedly is my old SID. Here's a screenshot: http://www.myroomstore.com/denied.jpg
So here's all I have that might help my case: username, password, and SID.