JSI Tip 5610. How do I prevent users from encrypting files and folders?

Starting with Windows NT 5.0, AKA Windows 2000, the NTFS file system allowed you to encrypt files and folders.

To prevent encryption from being used on a computer:

1. Copy / Paste the following to a DisableEFs.reg file:


\[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\EFS\]

2. Merge the DisableEFs.reg file with the computer's registry.

3. Shutdown and restart Windows.

When anyone attempts to encrypt a file system object, the will receive an error message.

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