Windows 10: Cannot encrypt contents to secure data grayed out

  1.    29 Nov 2017 #1

    Cannot encrypt contents to secure data grayed out

    Was wondering if I could get some help with the Cannot encrypt contents to secure data which is grayed out. In a folder with my data. I'm running Windows 10 thank you.
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  2. Posts : 6,059
    Windows 10 Pro Build 1709
       29 Nov 2017 #2

    Hi Mat98.

    what edition of Windows are you running, Home or Pro.

    Home does not support this.

    Encrypt Files and Folders with EFS in Windows 10

    You could try third party products like Veracrypt at

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  3.    29 Nov 2017 #3

    Sorry about that, home. and thanks .
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  4. Posts : 6,059
    Windows 10 Pro Build 1709
       29 Nov 2017 #4

    Try veracrypt.

    Should do everything you need and is free.
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  5.    29 Nov 2017 #5

    Will that encrypt folders and appreciate your help, thanks.
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  6. Posts : 6,059
    Windows 10 Pro Build 1709
       29 Nov 2017 #6

    It should. I use truecrypt which is the early roots of veracrypt. (I should upgrade, I'll make that a winter task.)

    The way I use truecrypt is I made a "encrypted container". You decide how big but big enough to hold your stuff. You then open your container, I use a serious password. Once open it becomes a Windows drive. Your apps can open files and you can save files. When you are finished you closed the container.

    I'm thinking veracrypt will operate very much the same.

    You might also try some of the compression tools. I think 7Zip allows you to encrypt an archive.

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  7.    30 Nov 2017 #7

    Your talking way over my novice head buddy but thank you for your help, the reason I wanted to encrypt a folder was for my transcripts, I'm a bit paranoid about someone stealing my work. thanks Ken.
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  8.    30 Nov 2017 #8

    Caledon Ken said: View Post
    I'm thinking veracrypt will operate very much the same.
    Yep, operations are identical. After the brouhaha with TrueCrypt I switched to VeraCrypt and didn't notice any UI changes. Great software.
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  9. Posts : 6,059
    Windows 10 Pro Build 1709
       30 Nov 2017 #9

    Sorry Matt. You should find it rather straight forward if you try.

    It use to have a very good step by step tutorial to accompany. When I first looked at it years ago I thought exactly like you, this is going to be complicated. I do understand if you decide not to use, only so much time in the day.

    Good luck.
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  10.    01 Dec 2017 #10

    Thanks so much to everyone.
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