In Windows 10, you have the ability to encrypt different files and folders in order to secure them. Whenever you move an unencrypted file to an already encrypted folder, it automatically is encrypted. However, some of the Windows 10 users do not want it to happen. In this article, we will explain to you the methods through which you can prevent the automatic encryption of the files moved to the encrypted folders in Windows 10.

Preventing the Automatic Encryption of the Files Moved to the Encrypted Folders in Windows 10

In order to prevent the automatic encryption of the files moved to the encrypted folders in Windows 10, you can make use of any of the following two methods:

Method # 1: Use the Registry Editor

In this method, we will tell you how you can prevent the automatic encryption of the files moved to the encrypted folders using the Registry Editor in Windows 10. For doing this, you will need to perform the following steps:

Type regedit in the search section of your taskbar and click on the search result to launch the registry editor window. The newly opened Registry Editor window is shown in the following image:

Registry Editor

Now click on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE folder in order to expand it as highlighted in the image shown below:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE

Under the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE folder, click on the Software sub-folder as shown in the following image:

Software folder

Click on the Microsoft folder in order to expand it as highlighted in the image shown below:

Microsoft folder

Under the Microsoft folder, click on the Windows sub-folder as shown in the following image:

Windows folder

Now click on the CurrentVersion folder in order to expand it as highlighted in the image shown below:

Current version folder

Under the CurrentVersion folder, click on the Policies sub-folder as shown in the following image:

Policies folder

Finally, click on the Explorer folder to expand it as highlighted in the image shown below:

Explorer folder

Therefore, the complete path is as follows:

Computer\ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Policies\ Explorer

This path is also highlighted in the following image:

Computer\ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Policies\ Explorer

Right click on the Explorer folder in order to launch a cascading menu as shown in the image below:

Open Explorer folder

Click on the New option from the cascading menu and then click on DWORD (32-bit) Value option from the sub-cascading menu as highlighted in the image shown above.

Rename the newly created DWORD field as NoEncryptOnMove as highlighted in the following image:

NoEncryptOnMove

Double click on this newly created field in order to launch the Edit DWORD (32-bit) Value dialogue box as shown in the image below:

DWORD (32-bit)

Type “1” in the Value Data field in order to prevent the automatic encryption of the files moved to the encrypted folders in Windows 10 as highlighted in the image shown above.

Click on the OK button, close the Registry Editor and finally, restart your computer system in order for the changes to take effect.

Method # 2: Use the Group Policy Editor

In this article, we will tell you how you can prevent the automatic encryption of the files moved to the encrypted folders using the Group Policy Editor in Windows 10. For doing this, you will need to perform the following steps:

Type gpedit in the search section of your taskbar and click on the search result to launch the Group Policy Editor window. The newly opened Group Policy Editor window is shown in the following image:

Group Policy Editor

Click on the Computer Configuration tab in order to expand it as highlighted in the image shown below:

Computer Configuration tab

Now click on the Administrative Templates tab as shown in the following image:

Administrative Templates tab

Finally, click on the System tab as highlighted in the image shown below:

System tab

Now double click on the policy saying, “Do not automatically encrypt files moved to encrypted folders” from the right pane of the Group Policy Editor window in order to configure this policy as highlighted in the following image:

Do not automatically encrypt files moved to encrypted folders

As soon as you will click on it, a dialogue box will appear on your screen which is shown in the image below:

Choose enabled option

Select the Enabled radio button as highlighted in the image shown above.

Finally, click on the Apply button and then click on the OK button to save your settings.

Now you will need to close the Group Policy Editor and then restart your computer system in order for the changes to take effect.

Conclusion

By following any of the two methods discussed in this article, you can easily prevent the automatic encryption of the files moved to the encrypted folders in Windows 10. You just need to be a little careful while dealing with the Registry Editor and the Group Policy Editor. Otherwise, these methods are quite simple and convenient to use.

How to Prevent the Automatic Encryption of the Files Moved to the Encrypted Folders in Windows 10
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