Find All Encrypted Files in Windows XP

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I'm reinstalling a windows xp system, and while doing a full backup I noticed some random files were encrypted. I don't want to find myself in the situation when I have reinstalled the system and I can't access some files.

Is there anyway to search if there are any more such files in the C:/ disk so I can decrypt them on this system?
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use the cypher command to un-encrypt the drive
use the /d option to decrypt and the /s switch to include the subfolders
You can use the EFSINFO tool to find all encrypted files on a volume. This tool is found in the Windows Server 2003 / XP Support Tools on your product CD. To use this tool to find encyrpted files, run the following from a command prompt:
efsinfo /s:c: | find ": Encrypted"

Or else you can download this tool from following link

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