How to Open Encrypted Files on Windows 10?

by Emma Justin SEO Excutive

Windows provides an encrypted facility to protect the data from malicious attacks through built-in encryption utility. It protects the files from being accessed by unknown persons or online attackers to safeguard the details and information stored into the file. You can’t modify, read or open it without an associated password.

This encrypted data requires the encryption key, and also you have signed in with admin controls. It is made to protect private and sensitive information of the clients and offices.

Sometimes users forget the encryption unlocking key or passcode to open the respective file. If you are one of them who want to know how to open encrypted files on your Windows device, then we will help you through this blog. There are several ways to encrypt a protected file to unpack its contents to fetch the information.

You have to be very careful while using these methods as these are very sensitive, any skipping of the details or points might result in the system crash.

Opening Encrypted Files by Using the Dedicated Tool

There are a number of applications used to decrypt a protected file or data. First of all, you have ensured that the particular file is passcode protected or not. You may use the WinZip application to open the encrypted file as it is widely accepted to decrypt data. This program enables the users to zip the file with certified 256 or 128 bit in AES encryption, and thus it keeps the file secure from unknown attackers or users. This program is also used to create read-only PDFs and adding watermarks to identify and detect the copying process. In order to get access to the contents of the protected WinZip file, you must have the passcode as it alone can’t help you in the recovery of lost zip file passwords.

In case you are using a particular 256 bit of AES protection method, then there is no chance of launching the file without knowing the associated passcode.   If you are using a 128 bit or weak Zip 2.0 encryption method, you may try using the passcode recovery program that is available online. If you wish to avoid these circumstances, it is recommended to use passcode manager every time to fetch and easy access to all the passwords and respective codes.

Opening Encrypted Files via Certificate Manager

  • First and foremost, sign in to the user account, which encrypts the file that you want to fetch contents.
  • Go to the navigation bar and then enter “certmgr.msc” followed by the Enter key. It helps you to launch the Certificate Manager.
  • Now, hit and launch the category “Personal” located into the left-hand side section.
  • After that, press the Certificates option.
  • Next, navigate to the section “Issues To” and then choose the relevant certificate that is associated with your particular account name.
  • Launch the menu tab “Action.”
  • Now, navigate to the All Tasks panel.
  • Choose the option “Export” and then pursue the onscreen prompts located into the Export Wizard.
  • Then, hit the option “Yes, export the private key” and then tap the Personal Information section once it appears via prompt box.
  • You will be asked to enter a passcode for your certificate and then hit the Finish tab.
  • Now, you have to transfer the certificate file to the system on which you wish to launch the file.
  • After that, launch the Certificate Manager on your system.
  • Choose the option “Personal.”
  • After that, expand the menu “Actions.”
  • Navigate to the section “All Tasks” followed by tapping the Import option.
  • Pursue all the available guidelines on the Import Wizard section and then choose the certificate file that you have moved earlier. Then, input your secured passkey and then check the relevant details.
  • After that, mark the option “Mark this key as an exportable box.”
  • Choose the Personal option as your location for placing the certificate.
  • Then, hit the Finish tab there.
  • Now, perform a double tap on the encrypted file to launch it. The respective certificate that you have transferred will provide access to your file.

Converting and Opening the File

  • In case you have applied the program “EasyCrypto” for encrypting your file, they can’t transform it to any other format as the tool doesn’t provide the feature to convert your files.
  • In case you have any other files that you wish to convert and the same is located inside the “.encrypted” file, then it is recommended to decrypt it and then apply a free file converter to modify the settings to make it open.

Taking Ownership of Your File and Owner

In order to take ownership of your file, follow these instructions:

  • Firstly, launch the File Explorer and then search for the file or folder of which you wish to take ownership.
  • Then, apply right click on the folder or file and hit the Properties tab.
  • Now, press the Security option.
  • Next, tap on Advanced and click the Owner option.
  • After that, hit the Change button and perform any one of the available tasks:
  • In order to modify the owner to a group or a particular user which is not into the list, then hit the option “Other users and groups.” Then, go to the section “Enter the objects name to select,” you have to enter the user or group’s name followed by the OK button.
  • If you desire to change the owner to a group or a particular user that is listed, then locate the field “Change owner to” and then tap on the new owner.
  • Note: you may modify the owner’s name of the entire objects and sub-containers located within the tree by choosing the mark-box option for replacing the owner on subcontainers and objects.
  • However, it’s on your wish as it is the optional one.
  • The admin may take ownership of any available file located on the computer. If you wish to assign ownership, then you need to access permissions through navigating the section of “User Access control.”
  • ⮚      If you have the rights of restoring files and directories, then you may double tap on the option “Other users and groups” and then select any user or group for assigning ownership to the respective user or group.


MS Windows provides a unique feature to safeguard several data and files with the help of a built-in tool for file encryption. It’s a great tool that provides enhanced security to your device and data that restricts unknown attackers and users to get access to your data and folder as it is the encrypted format and these files can only be accessed with the help of secured passcode.

In case you have forgotten your encrypted file passkey to launch on your device or want to access the file without having passcode. There are handfuls of methods to use and reach the section where you can access the information of your file. These methods include using certificate managers, taking ownership of the file or data with admin rights, granting access to encrypted files, etc.

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