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  • I'm running Windows 7 RC Build 7100

    I've starting getting prompts at startup suggesting that I should backup the encryption key/certificate. Checking into this it appears that this prompt begins appearing after you encrypt your first file; however I HAVEN'T ENCRYPTED ANY FILES (at least intentionally.) So, why am I seeing this prompt? (If I've unintentionally encrypted a file, how do I determine what file I encrypted?)

    Thanks in advance,
     Bill

    Bill Cohagan
    Tuesday, August 4, 2009 1:55 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

     

    Thanks for your update.

     

    Based on my further research, you could run cipher.exe tool to display the encryption of foldes and files on NTFS volumes. To do this, please take the following steps.

     

    1) Type "Command Prompt" in the search box and right click to run as Administrator.

    2) Type the following command:

     

    cipher /u

     

    Then it will list encrypted folders and files if your system owns.

     

    3) Please locate to the above encrypted folders.

     

    For more information about cipher.exe, please refer to the following website.

     

    Cipher

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc771346(WS.10).aspx

     

    BTW, after finding the encrypted folders, you may need to recover this files. I would like to share a link with you.

     

    Recover encrypted files or folders

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Recover-encrypted-files-or-folders

     

    Hope this helps. Thanks.

    Dale Qiao

    • Marked as answer by Dale Qiao Monday, August 10, 2009 12:52 AM
    Friday, August 7, 2009 10:39 AM

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  • Hi,

     

    Thanks for posting in Microsoft TechNet Forum.

     

    Generally, if you turn on BitLocker for the operating system driver. BitLocker will scan your computer to help provide protection at system startup. This is not visible to the user, and the user logon experience is unchanged.

     

    If you have a single partition for your operating system drive, BitLocker will prepare the drive by compressing the drive and creating a new 300 MB system partition to use for system files that are required to start or recover the operating system and that cannot be encrypted. This drive will not have a drive letter to help prevent the storing of data files on this drive inadvertently.

     

    For more detail information, please refer to the following website.

     

    BitLocker Drive Encryption Step-by-Step Guide for Windows 7

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd835565(WS.10).aspx?ITPID=secnews

     

    Hope this helps. Thanks.

    Dale Qiao

    Thursday, August 6, 2009 11:21 AM
  • Dale
      I have NOT turned on Bitlocker! (I checked and it's not turned on.) BTW, the link you provided seems to be out of date as it says to use the System and Security applet in Control Panel, but there is no such applet, at least on my machine.

    Bill


    Bill Cohagan
    Thursday, August 6, 2009 2:08 PM
  • Hi,

     

    Thanks for your update.

     

    Based on my further research, you could run cipher.exe tool to display the encryption of foldes and files on NTFS volumes. To do this, please take the following steps.

     

    1) Type "Command Prompt" in the search box and right click to run as Administrator.

    2) Type the following command:

     

    cipher /u

     

    Then it will list encrypted folders and files if your system owns.

     

    3) Please locate to the above encrypted folders.

     

    For more information about cipher.exe, please refer to the following website.

     

    Cipher

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc771346(WS.10).aspx

     

    BTW, after finding the encrypted folders, you may need to recover this files. I would like to share a link with you.

     

    Recover encrypted files or folders

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Recover-encrypted-files-or-folders

     

    Hope this helps. Thanks.

    Dale Qiao

    • Marked as answer by Dale Qiao Monday, August 10, 2009 12:52 AM
    Friday, August 7, 2009 10:39 AM
  • Dale
      Thanks for the followup.  I tried cipher as you suggested, but it found no encrypted files/folders.  I have not seen any additional popups -- but I did backup the encryption key/certificate as the dialog recommended.

    Bill
    Bill Cohagan
    Monday, August 10, 2009 6:02 AM
  • Hi Bill,

     

    Thanks for your reply.

     

    Did you connect any removable disk to the computer while you backed up this certificate? I am wondering whether you encrypted any file in a removable disk.

     

    Best Regards

    Dale Qiao

     

    Tuesday, August 11, 2009 2:11 AM
  • Dale
      No, I just backed up to a file on my hard drive. Since I was getting the notices *before* backing up the file (and none since) I don't really understand your question. Presumably (but not actually) I must have had an encrypted file in order for the system to suggest backing up the key/certificate, right?

    Bill
    Bill Cohagan
    Tuesday, August 11, 2009 2:56 AM
  • Hi,

     

    Thanks for your update.

     

    Based on my further research, you could run cipher.exe tool to display the encryption of foldes and files on NTFS volumes. To do this, please take the following steps.

     

    1) Type "Command Prompt" in the search box and right click to run as Administrator.

    2) Type the following command:

     

    cipher /u

     

    Then it will list encrypted folders and files if your system owns.

     

    3) Please locate to the above encrypted folders.

     

    For more information about cipher.exe, please refer to the following website.

     

    Cipher

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc771346(WS.10).aspx

     

    BTW, after finding the encrypted folders, you may need to recover this files. I would like to share a link with you.

     

    Recover encrypted files or folders

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Recover-encrypted-files-or-folders

     

    Hope this helps. Thanks.

    Dale Qiao


    Exactly how is this an answer?

    I have the same issue and this is not a helpful response.
    Friday, August 28, 2009 1:04 PM
  • I'm also having this same issue; I just got a prompt to backup my EFS key, but have never encrypted any files.  This is a clean Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit RTM TechNet install, and I got the prompt out of the blue while listening to music with Media Player.  I went through the steps to backup the EFS key to another drive, just in case, but am now trying to figure out how to go about searching for EFS-encrypted files on my partitions (there shouldn't be any, and I don't want to use EFS, nor Bitlocker drive encryption for that matter.)

    Russell

    PS:  I used the command prompt cipher /u /n and it didn't find any encrypted files on any drives.  Must be a Windows 7 bug??
    Tuesday, September 1, 2009 8:42 AM
  • I'm also having this same issue; I just got a prompt to backup my EFS key, but have never encrypted any files.  This is a clean Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit RTM TechNet install, and I got the prompt out of the blue while listening to music with Media Player.  I went through the steps to backup the EFS key to another drive, just in case, but am now trying to figure out how to go about searching for EFS-encrypted files on my partitions (there shouldn't be any, and I don't want to use EFS, nor Bitlocker drive encryption for that matter.)

    Russell

    PS:  I used the command prompt cipher /u /n and it didn't find any encrypted files on any drives.  Must be a Windows 7 bug??

    Russell

    I am having this problem on Vista. The only thing noteworthy before it happened was I instaled Avira that same day after I figured out PC Tools antivirus was causing some serious performance problems. There could have been a Windows Update push too I haven't had time to finish investigating I am right in the middle of a deadline. I could care less about having my files encrypted there is no way I intentionally turned any of this on.
    Tuesday, September 1, 2009 1:39 PM
  • This is a 'ditto' for me.  I've been running Windows 7 RC (Build 7100) for a few months.  Then, out of the blue, this popped up.  For me, it started happening right after I attended a, and really used / installed for the first time, Micrsoft Net Meeting.  I have to wonder if NetMeeting did something that fired this off as I'm pretty sure the prompt to back up the encryption key started right after install.

    Ditto for me on cipher reports no files encrypted.
    Saturday, October 3, 2009 5:38 PM
  • I installed Microsoft Office Live Meeting 2007 yesterday for a Webinar, and immediately thereafter started getting encryption key and certificate backup prompts in Windows 7 Professional.  I used a trial version of Total Commander today to search all local hard drives for files with the encrypted attribute (as suggested by another website), and there were none.  I'm guessing that the Live Meeting process generates a certificate of some kind that Windows 7 then senses and prompts you to back up.  Obviously, there needs to be better documentation of that linkage so Windows 7 users know to expect such prompts out of the blue.
    • Proposed as answer by cmay Friday, April 5, 2013 1:32 AM
    Wednesday, February 10, 2010 11:20 PM
  • I installed Microsoft Office Live Meeting 2007 yesterday for a Webinar, and immediately thereafter started getting encryption key and certificate backup prompts in Windows 7 Professional.  I used a trial version of Total Commander today to search all local hard drives for files with the encrypted attribute (as suggested by another website), and there were none.  I'm guessing that the Live Meeting process generates a certificate of some kind that Windows 7 then senses and prompts you to back up.  Obviously, there needs to be better documentation of that linkage so Windows 7 users know to expect such prompts out of the blue.

    I've been running Win7 x64 Ultimate for 5 months with Office 2007 installed the entire time. This "backup encryption key" notification just started yesterday and now pops up every time I log in. I DO NOT have Live Meeting installed, either. My cipher /u also returned nothing. So this must be a bug unless something I installed flipped a bit where it shouldn't have.

    I checked bitlocker and it is not turned on. The service is not started and set to manual.

    I also checked Local Security Policy -> Public Key Policies. No encrypting file system policies, no bitlocker policies, and the 3 certificate policies are disabled.

    It would be my guess that this is a problem with the Backup flag that keeps popping up as I haven't set any backup. Somebody must have forgotten to put in a check to see if you have any certificate policies/activities enabled.

    Wednesday, July 7, 2010 9:12 PM
  • I'm having this identical problem with the prompt to "backup encryption key".

    I have Windows 7 Professional; since release.  No bitlocker of course. I have never seen this before. The prompt popped up. I had a lot going on at the time.  I had just recently installed HR Block Taxcut. I had just recently performed a backup with 360. I was running SQL Server Management Studio, Visual Studio 2010 with Word, Excel, Outlook, Windows Live Mail, Ultra Edit and I was also connected via SSL VPN client using a Juniper Client to a remote network and probably a few other apps at the same time.  All of a sudden I saw a Backup Encryption Key Prompt pop-up on my Notification Area, never seen that before.

    Scared me to death because I was wondering if I had fumbled on the keyboard and accidently encrypted something, but no.

    I ran the cipher /u/n and there are no encrypted files on my system.  Yet the prompt keeps coming up after reboot. I keep selecting cancel.

    Sunday, February 6, 2011 5:55 PM
  • I just had the same popup and, a little sceptical that it was an authentic windows prompt, found this thread.  Following Dale's advice I found that SQL Server Management Studio had created an encrypted auto-recover file for a file I was working on.  No idea why this happened all of a sudden as I haven't changed any systemsettings and have Windows Update turned off.  I did reboot an hour ago, however.

    >cipher /u

    ...\Documents\SQL Server Management Studio\Backup Files\Solution1\~AutoRecover.Scratchpad.sql: Encryption updated.

    Wednesday, March 2, 2011 9:46 PM
  • @Brent645, as I mentioned in my post just now, I found an encrypted file courtesy of SQL Server Management Studio using the cipher tool.  The temp file went away after I saved my changes to the file, however.  Try changing a file, leaving it unsaved for a while and running cipher again.
    Wednesday, March 2, 2011 9:48 PM
  • Same problem as first poster. Ran cipher (as suggested by moderator) & discovered a .jpeg I'd downloaded was encrypted. I simply went to the securities tab on its property sheet & clicked on "Unblock".

    >cipher /u

    E:\Pictures\Wallpaper\Abstract\inferno1600x1200.jpg: Encryption updated.

    Friday, March 25, 2011 11:34 PM
  • Found it.

    You need to find whichever file is encrypted, it will be showing up green in windows explorer. Mine was a music promo I'd downloaded. Then just go into the files properties and unblock it, then go into advanced and untick the "encrypt file contents" box


    MCP, MCDST, MCTS x 6, MCITP x 3

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    • Proposed as answer by Brian_Jones Wednesday, August 3, 2011 8:16 PM
    • Edited by Brian_Jones Wednesday, September 5, 2012 9:38 AM
    Wednesday, August 3, 2011 8:16 PM
  • Showing up in green? Showing up in green where exactly? I have run the command prompt thing, which didn't show any files until I typed cipher / u with spaces in between (ie not cipher/u with no spaces), then a load of blurb came up, but nothing in green.

    Recently installed overclocked Gigabyte motherboard and bundle and have had nothing but problems with it, BSOD on shutdown most of the time and all sorts of spurious errors and messages, including the encryption key nonense.

    Mike

    Friday, April 27, 2012 9:42 AM
  • Mike,

    I just tried to encrypt files today, as a test.

    The files I encrypted showed up green in explorer. When I selected a folder, the file names were either black (unencrypted) or green (encrypted).

    Hope that helps.

    Tom

    Saturday, April 28, 2012 9:10 PM
  • I just had this pop-up on my screen, and I've had 64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate installed on this PC since 2009.

    Yesterday, I created and started debugging a new Visual Studio 2010 project that included a reference to SHGetFileInfo and Java prompted me to download an update, but that's about it.

    I ran "cypher /u" from the command prompt (as Administrator), but like others have pointed out: Nothing.

    So, I suppose I'll let Microsoft's tool create the encryption key. I doubt it is anything important that I'll need to hang on to.


    ~Joe


    Avoid Sears Home Improvement

    Saturday, June 23, 2012 12:33 PM
  • I have been using this windows 7 Ultimate machine for over a year now, and have never had an issue until yesterday, when

    It started to prompt me to backup my key.

    Then I was prompted to enter my "ADMINISTRATOR" password, then I stopped!!!!!!.

    One other note, I am also getting NetFlix ads when my browser is not even running, I have and updated virus scanner installed.

    I think it maybe a yet undetected virus or remote debug being exploited.

    Any help from Microsoft would be appreciated.

    Tony


    Go Navy

    Sunday, July 22, 2012 12:22 PM
  • I am also running Windows 7 Professional Ultimate.  I also just started getting this prompt out of the blue.  I have no encrypted files from within MS OS directly.  I strongly suspect an unreported virus as well and will never enter my admin password to satisfy an apparently false prompt.  Can't Microsoft validate whether or not this is legitimate?  It's an odd concidence that a number of user's are just starting to get this prompt that have had clean running Windows 7 systems for years without it...... strongly suggests an unknown virus.  I have tried without success to trace this process..... for identification and removal. 

    I am going to revert back to an older system restore and see if the problem clears up.  It's probably related to a program installation of mine.

    I would be very cautious with this - new virus's can cause major pain and loss of personal data and worse....

    - John

     

    Sunday, September 2, 2012 7:40 PM
  • Hi John,

    Somewhere you must have an encrypted file, even if its in temporary internet files or something like that. The encrypted files will be marked as green, if you unencrypt it you should be fine. It is however a bit of a pain to find them!

    Brian


    MCP, MCDST, MCTS x 6, MCITP x 3

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    Wednesday, September 5, 2012 9:38 AM
  • If you're trying to find an EFS encrypted file, have a look here:
     
    http://www.windowsitpro.com/article/security/a-fast-way-to-find-efs-folders-and-files
     
    The last page has a download link for 129393.zip which contains the
    vbs script.
     
    HTH
     
     
    Brian_Jones wrote:
     
    >
    >
    >Hi John,
    >
    >Somewhere you must have an encrypted file, even if its in temporary internet files or something like that. The encrypted files will be marked as green, if you unencrypt it you should be fine. It is however a bit of a pain to find them!
    >
    >Brian
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >MCP, MCDST, MCTS x 6, MCITP x 3
    >
    >Please don't forget to mark this post as an answer if it is the solution to your problem!
    >
    >If you like trance music, please subscribe to my podcast Trancendance Podcast
    >
    >View my MCP Certifications
    >
    >Follow me on Twitter
     

    Ha®®y
    Wednesday, September 5, 2012 12:55 PM
  • I have been running Windows 7 for about a year and like others here I suddenly got this warning this morning for the first time. I have never encrypted any files. I have made no recent configuration changes or installed anything, and windows update has not run recently (thanks to another Windows 7 bug but that's another story).

    However what I think is significant is that last night my computer blue-screened - and that seems to be the triggering event. SQL Server was running on my system at the time, so this seems to tally with the other person who found an encrypted SQL Server file related to recovery. Like others cipher /u showed nothing so either cipher is broken, the warning is incorrect, or the file was removed before I ran the command.

    It is very scary to get this message when you know you haven't intentionally encrypted anything. Although this topic is quite old I can see other people are still having this problem. If this is caused by Microsoft products that leave encrypted files after abnormal termination then it would be helpful if Microsoft confirmed this - or better still change the warning logic to take this into account.

    Monday, December 23, 2013 8:49 PM
  • (Sorry posted this twice - clicked the wrong link).

    I have been running Windows 7 for about a year and like others here I suddenly got this warning this morning for the first time. I have never encrypted any files. I have made no recent configuration changes or installed anything, and windows update has not run recently (thanks to another Windows 7 bug but that's another story).

    However what I think is significant is that last night my computer blue-screened - and that seems to be the triggering event. SQL Server was running on my system at the time, so this seems to tally with the other person who found an encrypted SQL Server file related to recovery. Like others cipher /u showed nothing so either cipher is broken, the warning is incorrect, or the file was removed before I ran the command.

    It is very scary to get this message when you know you haven't intentionally encrypted anything. Although this topic is quite old I can see other people are still having this problem. If this is caused by Microsoft products that leave encrypted files after abnormal termination then it would be helpful if Microsoft confirmed this - or better still change the warning logic to take this into account.

    Monday, December 23, 2013 8:51 PM
  • Yes, I agree, this is still happening (March 2014!!!)  This happened to me after I installed Windows updates, and it is scary to get YET ANOTHER Windows warning/error!!! If Microsoft could only perfect their products rather than be so focused on updating them to charge more money!

    I've never encrypted a file!

    I DON'T WANT to install another program to have to chase down encrypted files that Window has installed on my computer!!!

    Getting VERY tired of computers, after nearly 30 years of so many issues with hardware/software/viruses/windows crashes/blue screens. Such a hassle to keep everything running.

    Friday, March 14, 2014 6:24 PM
  • I have Windows Pro 8.1 Update 1 x64 and it just begin to show this message "backup your file encryption certificate and key".

    The command cipher doesn´t find anything:

    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.3.9600]
    (c) 2013 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    C:\WINDOWS\system32>cipher /U /N

    Encrypted File(s) on your system:

    C:\WINDOWS\system32>

    Any ideas?


    Regards, Karim A. Harb Torres

    Monday, April 28, 2014 12:09 AM
  • I just installed a clean Windows 7 following HD replacement and have been restoring files from backup. I have not yet started on any of these procedures, but this is certainly quite unnerving. Have not seen it yet on my OEM Win8.1.
    Tuesday, June 24, 2014 3:35 PM

  • "I have Windows Pro 8.1 Update 1 x64 and it just begin to show this message "backup your file encryption certificate and key".

    Same here. It just started yesterday. Notepad++ would not keep theme customizations so I tried changing folders permissions. Seems completely unrelated but its the only weird different thing I've done that i can think of.


    Wednesday, July 30, 2014 3:02 PM
  • Same here, I'm getting tired of Windows experiments! Another system? New pain? or are we getting old to put up with new changes?
    Tuesday, November 25, 2014 2:47 PM
  • Found it.

    You need to find whichever file is encrypted, it will be showing up green in windows explorer. Mine was a music promo I'd downloaded. Then just go into the files properties and unblock it, then go into advanced and untick the "encrypt file contents" box.

    This fixed it for me. I downloaded drum beats for music software. I noticed that when I installed them they turned green. I went to the app data file, this is where the files are green, and unchecked encrypt file as directed and that did it. 
    Saturday, January 3, 2015 4:55 PM
  • Same here: warning appeared yesterday out of the blue, and again today. I guess I could run cipher as suggested, etc. But my question is: why should I? If the encryption stuff is on some random unimportant file, who cares whether I lose access to it? As it is possible to choose "Never back up", I think I will choose that option.
    Friday, January 9, 2015 8:11 AM
  • I also got the same message on win 8.1 pro, which told me to backup my encryption key.

    I got it  when deleting a visual Studio solution which has not been needed any more. the cipher command told me that D:\username\Documents\Visual Studio 2013\Backup Files\projectname\~AutoRecover.projectname.sln would be encrypted

    when I looked into the Folder it has been empty ...

    I myself did not encrypt  that file and I also do not use bitlocker . is there something wrong in vs or in win 8  ?

    I had the solution open in vs while deleting the sln file.

    Tuesday, November 10, 2015 3:13 PM
  • Reading through half of the replies. I too had the prompt come up out of the blue and I've never used encryption. So was puzzled. So did the cipher /u and was surprised it found a bunch of files. All of them I'd downloaded last night in a zipped file that held some ja script files. Now I knew where they were they all showed up green in explorer. So I right clicked them and turned encryption off. Rebooted and the win7 prompt to back up encryption key was gone. Would like to thank all those who have given the right answers. This page is a great help.
    Tuesday, March 29, 2016 9:29 AM
  • I realize this is an older thread, but I just got this popup.

    Am running updated Windows 10.  Was running Quicken 2017 and popup occurred as I added an attachment to the transaction I was entering.  I did backup the key.  Then I ran cipher and it found no encrypted files.  So, I deleted 1 personal and two trusted persons keys using the key manager program.  I then rebooted the machine.  I started Quicken 2017 and went to a transaction with the attachment.  I clicked on the attachment to view the file and the backup key popup reappeared.  I am not intentionally using any file encryption.

    Not sure why this popup started on a computer I have been using for 6 months.  Only change is that I started to add attachments.  Only other change is I added a WD MyCloud NAS--but I'm not working off files on that NAS.

    Tuesday, April 11, 2017 8:47 PM
  • Additional information.

    When I view an attachment in Quicken, typically a PDF, it creates that file in %Temp%.  The file that is created shows up as an encrypted file in the cipher /u /n results.  That must be what is triggering the popup.  Several hours with Quicken online support has not resolved the issue--despite the release of an update just today.  My temp resolution is to go ahead and create the backup with the default options and HOPE that nothing else is encrypted.

    Any comments/suggestions appreciated.

    • Proposed as answer by PierreGee Friday, September 15, 2017 9:48 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by PierreGee Friday, September 15, 2017 9:48 PM
    Tuesday, April 11, 2017 10:17 PM
  • The tip to look for green colored filenames in Explorer led me to the solution on my W7 32-bit OS install. I'd recently downloaded a zip file share from iCloud, which upon inspection revealed it's green-ness. Unchecked the Encrypt contents to secure data box under Advanced file properties and bingo... green be gone.

    Grateful for the help found on this portal!

    Friday, September 15, 2017 9:57 PM
  • Yet one more. Running cipher /U as admin didn't work for me; got "cannot find the file". Luckily I didn't have to figure it out because it worked just fine as normal user. Culprit was Visual Studio 2015 creating a recovery file encrypted. Dunno why it just happened now, as I've used VS2015 before. Directions to look in Advanced file properties helped.

    Edward

    Thursday, November 9, 2017 4:32 AM
  • Thank you SO MUCH Brian.  When you mentioned green text in Windows Explorer a light went on.  I had just seen that green text after downloading and extracting a zip file for a webpage template that I purchased.  I downloaded those files to a specific folder.  I went to that folder, right clicked, selected properties, clicked advanced, unchecked encrypt contents, apply, Ok and the rest is history.   You're awesome!
    Friday, March 9, 2018 3:57 PM
  • Hello everybody,

    My case:

    Windows 7 Pro, Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Pro
    The "backup encryption key" notification popped up shortly after I started modifying for the first time a ICO-file in MS VS 2010.
    I left everything as it was, started a Web research and hit this site.
    "cipher /u" found a single file:
    "C:\Users\<account>\Documents\Visual Studio 2010\Backup Files\Solution1\~AutoRecover.Icon1.ico"
    The file did have its "Encrypt contents to secure data" option set.

    Zdenek

    Thursday, April 5, 2018 11:30 PM
  • Adding my case to the pool:

    Same strange behaviour while using Windows 10 PRO 64bit (1803), after installing Atmel Studio 7.0

    As some people reported in my case too it was Visual Studio creating a temporary, encrypted file, here located at (C:\Users\Rodrigo\Documents\Visual Studio 2015\Backup Files\Temp\~AutoRecover.Temp.atsln). "*Temp*" is the name of an Atmel Studio project I've created moments before the creepy 'backup your key' popup.

    In these cases it looks like a Visual Studio feature the "culprit".

    For me, the important note so far:

    This Windows popup is so badly designed it doesn't even report what are the files/folders you're going to backup keys for. Just left user in a WTF is happening status. That's really cruel.

    Thursday, October 4, 2018 10:54 PM