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How to disable EFS (Encrypting File System)

STATEMENT DISCRIPTION:

How to disable EFS (Encrypting File System)

AFFECTED CONFIGURATIONS:

The above symptom may occur on the following operating systems:

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional

Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate

VALID REGIONS/COUNTRIES:

Worldwide

SOLUTION:

1. Input "Secpol.msc" to the search bar of "Start", press "Enter" to open "Local Security Policy".

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2. Navigate to "Security Settings" --> "Public Key Policies" --> "Encrypting File System" and right-click "Encrypting File System" and select "Properties".

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3. Under the tab "General", select "Don't allow" for "File encryption Using Encrypting File System (EFS):". Click "Apply" and "OK" to save the setting.

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Note:

1. If you want to restore encrypting function, re-select "Allow".

2. If EFS is disabled, file or folder cannot be encrypted. The following windows will pop up if you conduct encryption.

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TRADEMARKS:

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Other company, product, or service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

Document ID:

IG20110511-006

Last modified:

2011-05-12