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    Enable or Disable NTFS File Encryption in Windows

    Enable or Disable NTFS File Encryption in Windows

    How to Enable or Disable NTFS File Encryption in Windows
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    20 May 2018
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    How to Enable or Disable NTFS File Encryption in Windows


    The Encrypting File System (EFS) is the built-in encryption tool in Windows used to encrypt files and folders on NTFS drives to protect them from unwanted access. EFS enables transparent encryption and decryption of files for your user account by using advanced, standard cryptographic algorithms. Any individual or app that doesn't possess the appropriate file encryption key cannot open any encrypted files and folders. Encryption is the strongest protection that Windows provides to help you keep your individual files and folders secure.

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable NTFS file encryption for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable NTFS file encryption.

    If you disable NTFS file encryption, any currently encrypted files will still remain encrypted.


     CONTENTS:

    • Option One: Enable or Disable NTFS File Encryption in Local Group Policy Editor
    • Option Two: Enable or Disable NTFS File Encryption using a REG file


    EXAMPLE: NTFS file encryption disabled
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    Enable or Disable NTFS File Encryption in Windows OPTION ONE Enable or Disable NTFS File Encryption in Windows
    Enable or Disable NTFS File Encryption in Local Group Policy Editor


    The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 7/8/10 Pro, Windows 7/8/10 Enterprise, and Windows 10 Education editions.

    All editions can use Option Two below.

    1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

    2. In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

    Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Filesystem\NTFS

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    3. In the right pane of NTFS in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Do not allow encryption on all NTFS volumes policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

    4. Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


     5. To Enable NTFS File Encryption

    A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    Not Configured is the default setting.


     6. To Disable NTFS File Encryption

    A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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    7. When finished, close the Local Group Policy Editor.

    8. Restart the computer to apply.






    Enable or Disable NTFS File Encryption in Windows OPTION TWO Enable or Disable NTFS File Encryption in Windows
    Enable or Disable NTFS File Encryption using a REG file


    The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Policies

    NtfsDisableEncryption DWORD

    (delete) = Enable
    1 = Disable


    1. Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Enable NTFS File Encryption

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Enable_NTFS_file_encryption.reg

    download


     3. To Disable NTFS File Encryption

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Disable_NTFS_file_encryption.reg

    download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. Restart the computer to apply.

    8. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    20 May 2018 #1

    Thank you so much, very useful feature. was looking for this long time. Every time i used to download something got encrypted, and could not play on my other PC/Laptop without decryption beforehead.
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       20 May 2018 #2

    I'm glad it could help. :)
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  3.    28 Jun 2018 #3

    Hi . I have Windows 10 Home and these solutions do not work for me.

    That option to encrypt a file or folder is grayed out .

    How do I encrypt a sensitive text file with all my passwords on it ?

    Thank you.
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       28 Jun 2018 #4

    Hello John,

    I'm afraid that Encrypting File System (EFS) is only availble in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

    Encrypt Files and Folders with EFS in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials

    Luckily, there are plenty of free 3rd party file encryption programs out there to choose from.
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  5.    28 Jun 2018 #5

    Brink said: View Post
    Luckily, there are plenty of free 3rd party file encryption programs out there to choose from.

    Which is the best free 3rd-party option ?
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       29 Jun 2018 #6

    If you would like something simple, the free program "7-Zip" includes a password protected folder encryption option. You could keep your .txt file in this encrypted folder.

    https://www.7-zip.org/

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