Encrypt/Decrypt Context menu for Creators Update?

  1.    26 Apr 2017 #1

    Encrypt/Decrypt Context menu for Creators Update?

    I used to use the following very helpful tweak since Win7 to enable a encrypt/decrypt context menu in the file explorer prior to the creators update:

    However since the creators update, this tweak no longer works...

    Does anyone know why or how to get the context menus back again? Thanks
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  2.    26 Apr 2017 #2

    Have a look at the tutorial on the Winaero site. Hope it helps

    How to add encrypt and decrypt commands in Windows 10 right click menu - Winaero

    Hmm seems it's the same as what's in your post. I'll try to find another way to achieve it
    Last edited by shimshom; 26 Apr 2017 at 03:33. Reason: Fact checking
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  3.    04 May 2017 #3

    So I guess there is no way to get this context menu back in the creator's update? Too bad...
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  4.    20 Aug 2017 #4


    Please pardon the thread necromancy, but when searching for an answer this is one of the first threads to show up. Anyway, I need that feature a lot, so here’s a workaround, but it's not pretty. Create two simple batch files somewhere (my example C:\Windows\Command):

    >>> Encrypt.cmd
    @echo off
    title Encrypting "%*"
    cipher /e "%*"
    if not errorlevel 1 goto leave
    echo {bell characters}
    echo Failed to encrypt "%*"

    >>> Decrypt.cmd
    @echo off
    title Decrypting "%*"
    cipher /d "%*"
    if not errorlevel 1 goto leave
    echo {bell characters}
    echo Failed to decrypt "%*"

    Then add the following registry entries, using the directory where you put the cmd files:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    @="C:\\Windows\\Command\\Decrypt.cmd %1"
    @="C:\\Windows\\Command\\Encrypt.cmd %1"
    HKCU should work fine too as far as I know, and I'm sure there are much fancier and more-elegant ways of doing it. The ampersands (&) are to mimic the original right-click menu quick keys. The cmd window popping up for a split second is a bit annoying. Still, it seems to work fine, even with multiple files selected and spaces in filenames, etc.

    With any luck we'll get an actual fix for this someday.
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  5.    20 Oct 2017 #5

    Thanks for the post. Have been looking for a solution for a long time but somehow I missed that thread.

    There is no information on why the original tweak doesn't work anymore. Generel OS changes or deliberately done by MS?
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  6.    02 Jun 2018 #6

    It looks like Microsoft has re-enabled encryption & decryption in the context menu. The option started showing up again when I right-click on folders, so I deleted my workaround registry keys (for files) and the right-click options are working as they did before the 2017 Fall update. (Of course, make sure you export the keys before deleting just in case it hasn't taken effect on your system yet, but I have my non-critical updates set to delay by a month as it is.)
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  7.    03 Jun 2018 #7

    Indeed, it does work now again with build 1803. Thanks for noticing and sharing this!
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