I am also trying to recover EFS keys on a parallel XP install.
I can browse a broken XP media center sp2 install drive from a working XP mc install.
I think I have access to all the files and folders on the drive except the encrypted folder and subfolders.
Is there a way to export EFS keys from the broken XP os while the drive is slaved and browsable from the working XP mc boot drive?
I have ongoing discussions about the broken OS here:http://www.geekstogo...ll-t188429.html
missing hal.dll at system boot
and attempted recovery steps here:http://www.geekstogo...ed-t188594.html
cannot copy file: access denied
Thanks to all the XP mullahs who have assisted so far.
I do not believe I exported the EFS private key before the OS broke ( NTFS ) I wish I was educated about the need to export long ago.
I am hoping discover a way to recover the EFS keys and whatever supporting files that go along before I do a repair install to the broken OS from recovery console. The drive has not been reformatted.
From all the scary stories I have read while researching these problems, it seems I really need to decrypt the files and copy them away from the broken XP drive before I do the repair install. I 'think' the repair install might replace previous admin and user account passwords/EFS keys. If I am mistaken, or if there is a way to easily retrieve the origional passwords and EFS keys after the repair install, PLEASE post a procedure and I'll forge ahead.
I did read something somewhere about a "preserve the security state" option somewhere but I can't find the article again and I'm not sure if it was referring to an XP repair install or not.
I am also seeking is clarification to the answer posted above:
Or, recover the original installation. There are some free tools that will allow you to reset the administrator password using a Linux boot disk. However, using this method you'll be unable to access encrypted files.
After you have the adminstrator password you should be able to perform a repair installation, or perform other recovery methods using the recovery console.
Thanks to all who can help!