Thanks very much for taking the time to research this! Unfortunately the info is pretty sensitive (essentially financial data and personal passwords, etc.) but I can definitely send you a similarly-encrpyted excel file if you'd like.
I never set a recovery agent, so I guess that makes it the Administrator account. Unfortunately, I've tried creating an identical user account with same u/p, and changing my new admin account to also reflect my prior setup, and nothing works so far. Trying to touch the file with cipher /u gives me the standard "access denied" message.
The good news is, I've learned my lesson and backed up my certificate for my current setup
Kenn don't delete those files. I will try to find a way. Just outta curiosity if *dumb question* if those files aren't too sensitive can I get a copy of one so I can work on it in my spare time? Or actually just encrypt any file random file and send it to me so I can try.
The reason why I said dumb question b/c you wouldn't encrypt them if they weren't highly sensitive...lol
Who did you designate as your recovery agent? If you didn't assign anyone then by default it's the root
I know it won't work but maybe windows it feelin buggy today try loggin in as root...err..sorry Administrator open DOS and go with
cipher /u/a <filename>
try and also find out who can decrypt it
efsinfo /u <filename>
go here http:// www.sysinternals.com/misc.htm
to get the efsinfo program