How to Create EFS Certificates for All Domain Users

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Encrypting File System (EFS) encrypts all the files and folders in your computers and protects them from intruders. This is especially important if the computer you are using contains files that are either confidential or sensitive. You may create EFS certification for all the users in your domain by using Windows "Encrypting File System" wizard. Note that you will require administrative rights and privileges to perform this task.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging


  1. 1

    Log in to your computer using administrative credentials.

  2. 2

    Click the "Start" menu and select "Control Panel."

  3. 3

    Click "User Accounts." Note that you will only see this option if you are connected to a network domain.

  4. 4

    Click the link that says "Manage your file encryption certificates" in the left pane. This will open the "Encrypting File System" wizard.

  5. 5

    Click the "Next" button when the wizard pops up.

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    Click the option that says "Create a new certificate." Click "Next" to proceed.

  7. 7

    Choose the type of encryption certificate that you wish to create. Click "Next."

  8. 8

    Follow the on-screen guided prompts based on your network settings and click "Finish" to end the task.

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