How to Add Encrypt/Decrypt to your Vista right Click Menu

The traditional way of encrypting/ decrypting a file or folder in vista is by right clicking the file – selecting properties – going into the general tab – clicking advanced then selecting Encrypt contents to secure data. Too much work right? here  a simple registry hack to make encrypting and decrypting much more easier by adding the encrypt/decrypt feature on your right-click menu.

The first step is to open you registry editor by clicking start (Vista Orb) and typing regedit on the search box. Then Find the following registry key.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

encrypt

In the right-hand pane, create a new 32-bit DWORD, name it EncryptionContextMenu and give it a value of 1.

Close your registry editor.

You should now be able to see a “Encrypt” option when you right click a file.

NOTE: This trick will only work on Vista Ultimate and XP Pro.