Are you speaking of Windows XP Professional's EFS or a third-party encryption utility's handy work? If you are referring to EFS, and you did not backup your EFS private key, your only option would be to shell out around $200 for an EFS-protected file recovery program. You'll find one such piece of software, from LostPassword.com, by clicking here.
The question, is it worth it?
Years ago, I encrypted my data & text files. My computer started acting wierd, so I deceided to do a system restore, but first I copied all my data drive to an external hard drive. Then I did a system recovery of my c-drive (boot drive). Then I moved the files on my external drive back to my data drive (d-drive). Now I cannot access my files.
I get error message such as "user does not have access privileges"
Someone please help me??