Windows 10: Unlocking locked files help

  1.    08 Sep 2017 #1

    Unlocking locked files help

    Opened folder and was presented with multiple documents that had a "locked padlock" covering part of the file icon. Also the following message when I attempted to open the file:
    "You need permission to perform this action."
    "You require permission from "everyone" to make changes to this file."
    I am the administrator and have no user named "everyone".
    I do not have the password.
    How do I unlock these files?
    Thanks, Cosmo
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  2.    08 Sep 2017 #2

    Do you mean a padlock that looks like this?

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    That means the file is encrypted with EFS encryption. Encrypt or Decrypt a Folder or File

    If you didn't backup the encryption keys then the files are not accessible and you can not get them back. If the padlock looks different please post a picture so we can understand the issue.

    As an aside "Everyone" means just that - any user - you don't have a specific user called "Everyone".
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  3.    08 Sep 2017 #3

    Yes, that's exactly what it looks like.
    Files belonged to a former employee. I am curious why her user ID didn't show up.
    Is there anyway short of reformatting to delete these files as there is a total of 230G?
    Thanks, Cosmo
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  4. Wiley Coyote's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 1803 (OS Build 17134.319)
       08 Sep 2017 #4

    Maybe taking ownership of them would work. Have a look at this tutorial: Add Take Ownership to Context Menu in Windows 10

    Good luck ...
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  5. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       08 Sep 2017 #5

    The Cosmo said: View Post
    Files belonged to a former employee. I am curious why her user ID didn't show up.
    If the former employee's log in is still available you may have more control if you can log in as them (you may need to reset their password and promote them to an administrator first).
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