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Old 03-01-2008
Paul
 

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Lost encryption key
I reinstalled Vista and wiped my encryption key......yeah I know, a complete
idiot.
A few questions. First, I did have an image backup that I'm not using but
kept as security. It's on the backup but I have no idea where it might be
or what to ever search for. Where is it normally save.......my documents?
Second, if I can't get it from my image backup, is there any way to override
it? What I have is encrypted are some passwords for a few bank accounts.
Most I remember but some that I never use I may need in the future.
This has taught me a serious lesson!


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Old 03-04-2008
Mike Brannigan
 

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Re: Lost encryption key
"Paul" <pcostanza@cox.net> wrote in message
news:13AE581C-6DB5-40AE-B22D-522FB3385D3F@microsoft.com...
>I reinstalled Vista and wiped my encryption key......yeah I know, a
>complete idiot.
> A few questions. First, I did have an image backup that I'm not using but
> kept as security. It's on the backup but I have no idea where it might be
> or what to ever search for. Where is it normally save.......my documents?
> Second, if I can't get it from my image backup, is there any way to
> override it? What I have is encrypted are some passwords for a few bank
> accounts. Most I remember but some that I never use I may need in the
> future.
> This has taught me a serious lesson!
>
>


Backup your current system, recover the system from the first backup you
have, decrypt the files and store them somewhere, restore the device using
the backup you made at the start, copy back the now decrypted files. Learn
how to store your encryption certs etc for the future, encrypt what you like
on the new system.

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Mike Brannigan

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