I had a directory configured to use EFS (so anything put under it got\nencrypted). I export my EFS certificate to a floppy. My system crashed and\na disk image wouldn't work (because of changes in the hardware). However, I\ncould still use the ImageExplorer that comes with DriveImage to peruse the\ncontents of the image files to extract files out of them. So I've tried the\nfollowing:\n\n- Extracted the files from disk image. Cannot view them because of the EFS\nprotection. Imported the EFS certificate used when the files got encrypted.\nIt was imported under the Personal store for certificates. Could not open\nthe files.\n\n- Deleted the EFS certificate and re-imported it but this time left the\noption selected to have Windows XP automatically determine under which\ncertificate store to place the certificate. It imported it to the Trusted\nPeople certificate store. Still couldn't access the encrypted files.\n\n- Figuring that EFS had not yet been implemented on my new install and that\nmaybe the imported EFS certificate would not get exercised until EFS was\nused, I right-clicked on a folder and had it encrypted. Then I copied the\nfiles to under this directory figuring that the certificate might also have\nto be imported before moving the files into an EFS-protected directory.\nStill cannot access the file contents.\n\nI've read several KB articles and the included help but it really never\ndescribes the steps in restoring EFS-protected files, the order of importing\nthe EFS certificate (before or after the files have been restored to the new\ninstance of Windows), or if importing the EFS certificate after restoring\nthe files (or before) would allow access to them (or if I also need to\nactually implement EFS to have it utilize the imported certificate). I see\nmention of how use EFS, export certificates, manage them, import them, and\nsome vague inferences in using them against encrypted files but no real\ninstructions. After a few hours, I've exhausted what I could come up for a\nprocedure to decrypt these files. Any ideas?