I have some files on my laptop that were accidentally encrypted, I think by Visual Studio. I didn't even know that was possible. Anyway, the way I discovered they were encrypted was that I changed my password and thus could no longer access said files. I could not take ownership of them and running cypher /u did not work either. Found out all this after running chkdisk and virus scan and various other tools to make sure the files weren't corrupted (see: 6 hours of my life).
If I go into the properties for the encryption it shows me there's a recovery policy with a specified user and thumbprint. Can I install that user's certificate and then perform the decryption? Or does the user actually need to log in and do it?
Operating System: Windows 7
Encryption method: EFS