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If you run multiple user accounts with Vista, you can encrypt files so only your user can access them. In this guide you’ll learn how to easily encrpyt and decrypt files in Windows Vista.

Download the Registry Hack

If you don’t feel confident working with the Registry Editor, you can download this registry hack. Simply extract the file and double click on EnableRightClickEncryptFiles.reg. To disable the Encrypt Files option, double click on DisableRightClickEncryptFiles.reg

Please Note: This guide involves working with the Windows Registry. If this is your first time editing the registry, please read this guide to get you started.

Add Encrypt & Decrypt to the Right-click Menu

1. Press Start, type regedit in the search bar and press Enter (or press Winkey+R)

Encrypt Your Files from the Right-click Menu in Vista 1

2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

3. Create a new DWORD value named EncryptionContextMenu and set the value to 1

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In order for this to take effect, you may need to restart your system.

Encrypt File Option on Right-click Context Menu

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  • terry

    ?ank you

  • terry

    ?ank you

  • terry

    ?ank you

  • Mayur

    Is there any way to do it in XP ?
    Thanks

  • Is there any way to do it in XP ?
    Thanks

  • Is there any way to do it in XP ?
    Thanks

  • Rich

    I don’t think so… although please, someone, correct me if it is possible in Windows XP.

  • I don’t think so… although please, someone, correct me if it is possible in Windows XP.

  • I don’t think so… although please, someone, correct me if it is possible in Windows XP.

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  • Anon.

    I can’t seem to get it to work. When I click encrypt, contine, then it gives me a error…

  • Anon.

    I can’t seem to get it to work. When I click encrypt, contine, then it gives me a error…

  • Anon.

    I can’t seem to get it to work. When I click encrypt, contine, then it gives me a error…

  • Ceher

    I´m using this discryptor.net encryption tool. It is userfriendly, really fast and with explorer integration.

  • Ceher

    I´m using this discryptor.net encryption tool. It is userfriendly, really fast and with explorer integration.

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