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efs encrypted +lost key= tough luck?

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Hello all,

I´ve encrypted some files with efs and now I´ve lost the key.
I mean really lost the key, by reinstalling the OS (WinXP).
According to the posts I´ve read, there are no way I can recover my
files.

My question:
Is this true?
Is there absolutely no way to recover my files?

Thanks for any kind of hint or info.

Best Regards,
/Kid
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

    EFS is secure.
    If you have no keys, your data is effectively gone for good.
    If there was aback door or some other easy way to recover the data, anyone
    could use that method and your data would not be secure:
    http://www3.telus.net/dandemar/encrypt.htm

    --
    Jupiter Jones [MVP]
    http://www3.telus.net/dandemar/


    <bo_kid@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:1109365197.491101.34680@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...
    Hello all,

    I´ve encrypted some files with efs and now I´ve lost the key.
    I mean really lost the key, by reinstalling the OS (WinXP).
    According to the posts I´ve read, there are no way I can recover my
    files.

    My question:
    Is this true?
    Is there absolutely no way to recover my files?

    Thanks for any kind of hint or info.

    Best Regards,
    /Kid
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

    Sad news, but thanks guys.

    I guess I´ll have to wait for more powerfull computers.

    /Kid
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

    <bo_kid@yahoo.com> ha scritto nel messaggio
    news:1109365197.491101.34680@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...
    Hello all,

    I´ve encrypted some files with efs and now I´ve lost the key.
    Is there absolutely no way to recover my files?

    I don't know if it works...but many declare it does, so I guess you'll have
    to try it out by yourself...
    http://www.beginningtoseethelight.org/efsrecovery/index.php

    Hope it does,

    Stefano
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

    Yes, that does work...IF you have the keys.

    --
    Jupiter Jones [MVP]
    http://www3.telus.net/dandemar/


    "Stefano Ferrante" <sorryIhate@spam.it> wrote in message
    news:cvo4uv$rne$1@newsreader1.mclink.it...
    > I don't know if it works...but many declare it does, so I guess you'll
    > have to try it out by yourself...
    > http://www.beginningtoseethelight.org/efsrecovery/index.php
    >
    > Hope it does,
    >
    > Stefano
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

    "Jupiter Jones [MVP]" <jones_jupiter@hotnomail.com> ha scritto nel messaggio
    news:eEaIpJ4GFHA.3628@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    > Yes, that does work...IF you have the keys.
    >
    LOL
    I won't say I completely read it through, as I did not (maybe because I use
    a different way of encrypting my file)..but I thought the very last part of
    the writing could be of some help...

    Really impossible?

    Stefano
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