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Enabling EFS in Windows 8?

  1. #1


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    Windows 8

    Enabling EFS in Windows 8?


    To clarify. Not BitLocker. Again, because people will talk about how BitLocker is only available in Windows 8 Pro, I am talking about EFS (Encrypting File System). Different than BitLocker.


    Ok, so in previous versions of Windows to encrypt a file/folder you simply needed to right-click > properties > (general tab) click advanced > check "encrypt contents to secure data" and the deed was done. I know that you cannot simultaneously encrypt and compress files/folders, so that's not the problem. I just want to know how to turn on that feature becasue EFS offered some great functionality that I would like to have back.

    I am using the regular (no-pro) version of Windows 8 on a single hard drive, no storage pool strangeness going on here.

    Again; no, the files/folders are not compressed and I am not talking about BitLocker.

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  2. #2


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello AJ, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Unfortunately, EFS is only available in the Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise editions.

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    Windows 8


    Well that's lame... It doesn't say that on the Microsoft page (Which Windows is right for you? - Microsoft Windows). Thanks Brink for the quick response. Off to find an alternative I suppose...
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    64-bit Windows 10


    AxCrypt and AES Crypt are a couple of good free ones you might see how you like, but I haven't tested them in Windows 8 yet.
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