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    Get EFS to encrypt files (Windows XP SP1)

    I cannot get the Encrypting File System (EFS) to work. I am running a plain vanilla Dell PC on which they loaded Windows XP. The disk format is NTFS as it should be. When I try to encrypt a file or folder, I right click on it to bring up its Properties. Then on the General tab I click on Advanced. Now in ALL cases the "Encrypt contents to secure data" check box is grayed out and unusable. The Windows XP Help system seems to ignore all possibilities of encryption, so is of no help. I'd really appreciate learning how to turn this feature on.

    Thanks, John

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    Re: Get EFS to encrypt files (Windows XP SP1)

    I searched for encrypt in help and got various hits, all of which assume the box is not grayed out. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> Is it possible that a service that needs to be running isn't running?

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    Re: Get EFS to encrypt files (Windows XP SP1)

    I found my problem. Knowledgebase article number 307877 contains the sentence "The EFS feature is not included in Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition." I'm running Home Edition. Thanks for the effort.

    John

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