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Decrypt Windows 10 Folder

How To Decrypt Your Files On Another Computer

This guide is part 2 of an earlier guide.  This explains how to access your files from another system, or restore them to a new computer.  The earlier guide can be found here:

Press the Windows + R keys on your keyboard to open the Run box

Type in certmgr.msc and click Ok

Right click on the Personal folder

Select All Tasks

Click on Import

Store Location should be Current User, and Click Next

Click Browse, navigate to your backup copy of the keys and select them

Click Next

Where prompted, type in the Password for your private key

Check the boxes to:

Mark the key as exportable

and  Include all extended properties

Now you can click Next

Click Automatically select the certificate store based on the type of certificate

Click on Next

Select Finish

There will be a dialog box that shows up which says The import was successful

Click Ok to close the box, and you can close out of the certmgr window

Now, try opening up the encrypted files/folder and you should have access

Windows 10 Encrypted Folder

How To Encrypt A Folder on Windows 10

Open Windows Explorer

Right-click the file or folder that you want to encrypt

Select Properties

Click the Advanced button at the bottom

Place a check mark in the box next to Encrypt Contents To Secure Data

Click OK

You are done.  Folder is encrypted.  Make sure you backup your keys to a safe place.