Avatar of ddantes
ddantes
Flag for United States of America asked on

EFS-encrypted file maintains encryption when copied to non-encrypted folder

Running Windows 7 Professional SP-1, I have some folders which are encrypted with EFS, such that subfolders and files are also encrypted.   When I copy a file from one of these folders to an unencrypted folder, I am accustomed to Windows asking me to confirm that I want to copy the file without its encryption.  Recently I had to replace a corrupted administrator account with a new account, and since then, there is no such dialog box, regarding the loss of encryption.  The encrypted file is copied to an unencrypted folder and it remains encrypted.  This is unwanted behavior, and I wonder how to remedy it?
PCEncryption

Avatar of undefined
Last Comment
ddantes

8/22/2022 - Mon
arnold

Are your credentials were what encrypted the file?
You should get properties and remove the encrypt attribute provided your credentials are what encrypted it.
ddantes

ASKER
Thank you for your comment.  I can remove the encrypt attribute.  But previously, that attribute was removed automatically, because the file was being copied to an unencrypted location.  I would prefer not to have to un-encrypt these files, manually, every time I copy them to a location outside of the encrypted folder.   I would like the system to resume its previous behavior, of automatically unencrypting the file when it is copied to an unencrypted folder.  How can that be accomplished?
ASKER CERTIFIED SOLUTION
arnold

THIS SOLUTION ONLY AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS.
View this solution by signing up for a free trial.
Members can start a 7-Day free trial and enjoy unlimited access to the platform.
See Pricing Options
Start Free Trial
GET A PERSONALIZED SOLUTION
Ask your own question & get feedback from real experts
Find out why thousands trust the EE community with their toughest problems.
ddantes

ASKER
Thank you.  I had a misunderstanding that encrypted files do not retain their encryption if they are moved to an unencrypted folder.   For some reason, previously, if I copied an encrypted file to an unencrypted folder on an NTFS-formatted disc, there was a warning that the file was about to be copied without encryption.  Now that is no longer happening.  It appears that the behavior to which I was accustomed was not typical.
Experts Exchange is like having an extremely knowledgeable team sitting and waiting for your call. Couldn't do my job half as well as I do without it!
James Murphy