How can I search for files encrypted with Encrypting File System (EFS)? RRS feed

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  • My backup software is reporting that some of my files are encrypted with the Windows 7 encrypted file system (EFS), but to my knowlege, I haven't encrypted any folders or files. Is there a way to locate encrypted files (maybe using the Windows Explorer)?


    Tuesday, July 12, 2011 11:18 PM


  • Run the following command from an elevated command prompt:

    cipher /u /n

    See also

    Here is a PowerShell command to accomplish the same thing, but it is slower than Cipher.

    get-childitem c:\ -Recurse -Force -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue | Where-Object {$_.Attributes -ge "Encrypted"} | format-list fullname, attributes

    • Marked as answer by Sachelis Wednesday, July 13, 2011 4:19 AM
    Wednesday, July 13, 2011 3:45 AM

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