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?
Question by:GAksland
  • 4
  • 2

Expert Comment

ID: 17891010
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.

Author Comment

ID: 17892074

  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.


Expert Comment

ID: 17896430
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.

You can try
Technology Partners: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!


Expert Comment

ID: 17896431

Author Comment

ID: 17899315
  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.

Accepted Solution

MarkWYnne earned 125 total points
ID: 17900255

Have you tried the following has a trial version, if you only need this once then it might be worth a try

"" Don't think this works.. So best leave it.

Featured Post

Free Tool: IP Lookup

Get more info about an IP address or domain name, such as organization, abuse contacts and geolocation.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
Windows 8,8.1 & 10 product key identification question 12 288
PXE question 7 88
windows 10 free update 45 136
How to Create Bootable Mac OS X USB Drive 8 161
Hello I read in a discussion about a person who configured a very simple mirror RAID with two hard drives; the system and data were on the same partition. He asked how to repair the system as it was not booting up anymore. In his case running …
I use more than 1 computer in my office for various reasons. Multiple keyboards and mice take up more than just extra space, they make working a little more complicated. Using one mouse and keyboard for all of my computers makes life easier. This co…
This is used to tweak the memory usage for your computer, it is used for servers more so than workstations but just be careful editing registry settings as it may cause irreversible results. I hold no responsibility for anything you do to the regist…
Hi friends,  in this video  I'll show you how new windows 10 user can learn the using of windows 10. Thank you.

680 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question