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Do you know a method to rescue my info in encrypted folders?

I have a home computer with Windows XP Home Edition pre-installed on it. Yesterday morning I received a message that hal.dll was missing or corrupt. So first I tried to repair my XP installation, but I was asked for an administrator password that was totally unknown to me. Therefore, I reinstalled XP again on my machine, but now I have problems accessing some folders that I have set up as private. Do you know a method to rescue my info in those encrypted folders?

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The administrator password is blank by default. That said, once you've reinstalled XP, the keys used to encrypt what's in those folders is destroyed -- they're generated unique with each installating of Windows XP. I strongly recommend not using XP's encryption for this reason.

This was first published in March 2002

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