How to Encrypt Files in Windows 10, Windows 8.1

By: Marian Cularea
3 minute read
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Encrypting your Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 files can solve a lot of security-related issues; basically, it encrypts your passwords for the Windows 10 or Windows 8.1 system so that someone that doesn’t have the specific encryption key cannot access your data thus lowering the exposure risk to your operating system files.
file encryption in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
In Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 you have access to the feature specifically designed to encrypt your files and folders, you will only have to find out how to properly use this feature and you can start encrypting your files. Also for a more comprehensive understanding about how this encrypting feature works in Windows 8.1, Windows 10 you can read the below tutorial.

Tutorial for encrypting files in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

  1. In order to properly encrypt your files, you will need to use the “device encryption” feature.
  2. You will need to sign into your Microsoft account you made when you first installed Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.
    Note: You will need to sign into your account with administrative privileges to have access to this feature.
  3. Move the mouse cursor to the lower right side of the screen to open the Charms bar.
  4. In the charms bar left click on the “Settings” icon available there.
  5. In the Settings window, you will need to left click on the “Change PC Settings” feature.
  6. Left click on the “Accounts” feature present in the “Change PC Settings” topic.
  7. From the “Accounts” window left click on “Switch to a Microsoft account”.
  8. Log in from there to your Microsoft account with administrative privileges.
  9. Now to turn device encryption feature on you will need to move the mouse cursor to the lower right side of the screen.
  10. Left click on the “Search” feature you have on that menu.
  11. In the search box that pops up type “encryption”.
  12. You will need to left click on the “Change device encryption settings” feature.
  13. From the “Change device encryption settings” window you will only need to follow the instructions on the screen to activate the encryption to your system if it is not already activated.
    Note: The encryption key will be saved to your Microsoft account so if you ever need it just log into the account and you can access it from there.
    Note2: Now that you have enabled this feature you should know that you will probably need it when your Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 device will go into recovery mode, when the system will detect a hardware change or when the system will detect a hardware malfunction.

File encryption tips

Encrypting a file is not the only way to experiment with its security. You may also need to use it and to keep it safe. We will list below some of the most searched articles related to file encryption that will help you getHow to encrypt familiar with encryption. Here they are:

  1. How to encrypt folders in Windows 10, 8.1
  2. How to open encrypted files (in case someone sends you one)
  3. 256-bit encryption tool (for an advanced security level)
  4. Encrypting file sharing software for Windows 10 (safely transfer files)

Now you can encrypt and keep safe your files just by following the simple tutorial posted above. For any question that you may have on the subject, you can write us in the comments section a little bit below.

READ ALSO: How to Extract RAR Files in Windows 8, Windows 10: Easy Guide

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2014 and has been since revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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