Is there a way to un incrypt xp files without changing the current file date?

Posted on 2006-11-04
Last Modified: 2006-11-20
 I need to un incrypt some files and keep the file date before un incryption. I have done this before by using a thumb drive, and I get the message encryption will be lost, and the date remains unchanged. Is there a setting in the registry to accomplish this w/o the external drive?
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If you are sys admin for the PC then just copy the files to another location on the harddisk and unencrypt as normal if using windows encryption. The modify date wil not change.

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  I am the sys admin, and I copied to another location and when I used properties\ advanced\ encryption and un checked the box the files were un incrypted and the dates were changed to today's date. I am using SP2 xp pro. Any idea why this would happen on my system? I was thinking there might be a registery setting that might control this.


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I meant the original files should keep the original date but you would still have unencrypted files. If its just a desktop with no impact to other files, change the system time and and make the changes and restore the times settings thereafter.

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  My problem is I have hundreds of files to move from an old computer to my new computer and having the dates all change to the current date is not acceptable. There must be a way to un-encrypt w/o losing the file date. Changing the system time wouldnt work because all the files have different dates, I would have to change system time for each file.

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