Show Encrypt and Decrypt Files in Right Click Shortcut Menu in Windows

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One feature that often overlook in Windows is Encrypting File System (EFS), which is available in most Windows operating system such as Windows Server 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 10, Windows Server 2016 and later Windows operating system.

EFS is a file system with filesystem-level encryption that transparently allows files and folders to be stored encrypted on disk volume with NTFS file systems so that no other users can use the encrypted data or to protect confidential data from most kind of hack attempt including attackers that already gain physical access to the computer. User can encrypt or decrypt files and folders by setting “Encrypt contents to secure data” attribute in the object’s Properties dialog box. It will be much easier if the user can simply right click on the files and folders, and then select either Encrypt or Decrypt to perform the similar process.

To add in the Encrypt and Decrypt (to those files or folder already secured with encryption) right-click context shortcut menu item, simply copy and paste the following text into any text editor (such as Notepad), and then save the file with a filename with .reg extension (such as RightClickEncrypt.reg). Double click on the saved file to apply and merge the new registry vale to the registry key. Confirm any UAC permission requirement. When done, a confirmation dialog will appear, simply press OK.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"EncryptionContextMenu"=dword:00000001

To remove the Encrypt or Decrypt right-click contextual shortcut menu item, simply copy and paste the following text into any text editor (such as Notepad), and then save the file with a filename with .reg extension (such as RightClickNoEncrypt.reg). Double click on the saved file to apply and merge the new registry vale to the registry key. Confirm any UAC permission requirement. When done, a confirmation dialog will appear, simply press OK.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"EncryptionContextMenu"=dword:00000000

Encrypt in Right Click Context Menu

You can download these two files directly too, if you don’t want to create them yourself:

RightClickEncrypt.reg
RightClickNoEncrypt.reg

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Alternatively, open up Registry Editor and navigate to the registry key, and then add in or modify the said registry value.

By |2016-12-09T08:40:10+00:00December 9th, 2016|Categories: Windows|Tags: , |3 Comments

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