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Encrypt Windows File/Folder with One Click in Windows 8.1

Encrypt Windows File/Folder with One Click in Windows 8.1

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Starting with Windows Vista, Microsoft introduced built-in encryption for protecting your valuable data. The presence of this built-in feature is dictated by which edition of Operating system is installed on your PC. For e.g, Windows 7 Home edition doesn’t support encryption while Pro edition support edition. You need to make sure the edition of Windows support encryption.

How to encrypt file/folder in Windows 7, 8 and 8.1

  • Right click on the file/folder -> click Properties -> click Advance under General Tab – Select the option “Encrypt contents to secure data”

How to add one click encrypt file option to Windows

  • Press Windows Key + R, type regedit to open registry editor.
    Disclaimer: Registry is one of the most sensitive areas in Windows OS. Making undesirable changes to the registry can lead to a system crash. The changes explained here is tried on other PC’s without any problem. However, it is recommended to take a registry back before making changes to be on the safer side.
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
  • On the right side, right click on free space, select Create a new DWORD, name it EncryptionContextMenu and give it a value of 1.
  • Close Registry editor. Then restart the computer.

From now on, whenever you right click on a file/folder there will be a new option Encrypt. If it is already encrypted, you will see a Decrypt option on right click.

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