Why should you encrypt your data? Encryption protects your data from attackers or unwanted access. Encrypting File System(EFS) is a feature of Windows 7 that provides file system level encryption. The confidential data is encrypted and stored on NTFS file system volumes.
  • Click on the Start icon. In the search box, type regedit.  Open the regedit.exe.
  • You can also open regedit by typing regedit in the Run command( Windows key + R)
  • In regedit , expand HKEY_CURRENT_USER >> Software >>Microsoft >> Windows >> CurrentVersion >> Explorer and then click on Advanced
  • To add Encrypt and Decrypt to the context menu, Right-click on an empty space in the right pane of advanced(as shown in fig.)
  • Click on New >> DWORD(32-bit) Value and then type EncrpytContextMenu and press Enter.
  • Now, Right-click on the EncrptContextMenu file and click on Modify.

  • Change the value from 0 to 1. Click on OK and Close regedit.
  • To remove Encrypt and Decrypt from the context menu, just delete the file you created.

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Last Updated on April 17, 2014

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