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Decrypt a file or folder

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To decrypt a file or folder

  1. Open Windows Explorer.

  2. Right-click the encrypted file or folder, and then click Properties.

  3. On the General tab, click Advanced.

  4. Clear the Encrypt contents to secure data check box.


  • To open Windows Explorer, click Start, point to All programs, point to Accessories, and then click Windows Explorer.

  • When you decrypt a folder, you are asked if you want all files and subfolders within the folder to be decrypted as well. If you choose to decrypt the folder only, the encrypted files and folders within the decrypted folder remain encrypted. However, new files and folder that you create within the decrypted folder will not be automatically encrypted.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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