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Re: Windows private folder option decryption
From: GuidoZ <uberguidoz () gmail com>
Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2004 14:05:09 -0500

[snip]
Does anyone know of any tools and/or procedures that I could use to get
around this, either by decrypting the files via knoppix or by any other means.
[snip]

I've run into this a handful of times myself. Assuming he knows the
password used to secure these folders, the best solution I've used is
to put the clients hard drive on another system running WinXP:

1. Install client HDD into 2nd system with WinXP
2. Boot second system; check that HDD is recognized
3. Create a new user using the user/pass of the client with private folders
4. Logout/Login using that new account (be sure it's an admin)

You should now be able to access the private folders and simply
drag-n-drop for recovery, burn to CD, whatever. This has worked for me
numerous times. Note that this only works when they have selected
"Make my folders/profile private" and NOT if EFS has been used. Best
of luck and HTH.

--
Peace. ~G


On Tue, 07 Dec 2004 12:01:16 -0800, Jon Lawhead <samurai () berkeley edu> wrote:
Hey all,

I work as a tech, and I have a problem that I haven't encountered before, and am looking for
ideas.  I have a client who attempted to upgrade the drivers for his graphics card, but somehow
botched it and now his computer won't boot into windows.  I would generally fix the problem by
booting into Knoppix, but he's encrypted all his files using the Windows private folder option in
XP, so that doesn't work.  Does anyone know of any tools and/or procedures that I could use to get
around this, either by decrypting the files via knoppix or by any other means.  If I can't find
anything, I'm going to be forced to tell him to just reformat, which I don't want to do.  Thanks
for your help!


Jon Lawhead
UC Berkeley SINE/ResComp



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