Activate EFS on Windows XP PCs with Windows 2003 Servers

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Hello to all techyv people! I have some Windows XP SP2 computers and I need to activate the Encrypting File System (EFS) on all those.

I have been told I can be able to perform this with Group Policy without needing any physical access. Is that correct?

My servers are Windows 2003. These laptops can access the network only when I need to install important software's.

I made GP rules and some restriction policies on the software's that I used and it’s all working well until today.

So how I can activate EFS on my Windows XP computers?

Help please.

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Activate EFS on Windows XP PCs with Windows 2003 Servers


The encrypted file system is designed so that it can be transparent to both the people using it and the applications that are using it. But the people that are using it will need to interact with the encrypted file system in a direct manner so as to perform some actions.

The actions that need to be performed will consist of:

  • Converting files in the process of encryption and decryption
  • Adding the users to the files.
  • Removing the users from files.

The actions above will be performed through the Advanced dialog box which you will find from the Properties dialog box, and that you will access by right-clicking a file in the Windows Explorer.

Advanced dialog box

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