Cannot open Encrypted Files after Format

I recently formatted *bi-monthly* scheduled practice of mine, and forgot about saving encryption key's.  I used windows to encrypte a few docs, and of course now cannot access them.  I know there is software out there that can help to guess keys, if you can remember your password used to encrypt.  Well, I know my password, but of course the SID is different.  Anybody have suggestions of what software is best\cheapest?  or any advice on manually cracking?  
av8or1Asked:
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Gssc1414Commented:
I hate to say it, but as far as i know the data is encrypted for good. The private key needed to decrypt the file is lost (as it is stored in your user profile) and the fact that you made an identical user account with the same password will do you no good in this case. The private key will be extremely hard, if not impossible to retrive - therefore rendering the data perminatley encrypted.
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rsivanandanCommented:
I'm afraid with Vista - the data is gone!

Cheers,
Rajesh
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av8or1Author Commented:
Well, I do have xp as well, I'm in a dual boot situation.  
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rsivanandanCommented:
So are the files encrypted in XP or Vista's inbuilt ?

Cheers,
Rajesh
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av8or1Author Commented:
Encrypted in XP.  I'm booted to XP currently, using same *administrator* account username and password that I was using pre-format.  
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av8or1Author Commented:
How bout safe mode , or boot to vista's windows PE cmd or utility?
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