How to index encrypted files on Windows 7?
Windows Start search can index various drives and locations for faster search, but what if you have encrypted drive and want the files inside to be indexed as well. No problem, it can also be tackled in a very easy manner.
However, before you add encrypted files to the index, it is recommended that you have Windows BitLocker (or a non-Microsoft encryption program) enabled on your system drive.
Although you can use a non-Microsoft encryption program to encrypt your system drive, but non-Microsoft file encryption programs are not supported by the Windows. Windows only supports files that are encrypted using Encrypting File System (EFS).
Here’s how you can index encrypted files on your Windows 7-based PC:
- Click on the Start button, and then go to Control Panel.
- In the search box, type indexing options, and then click Indexing Options.
- Click on the ‘Advanced’ button.
- In the Advanced Options dialog box, Under Index Settings tab, select the Index encrypted files check box, and then click OK.
- Wait for the completion of the process.
- Click on Close and then close the Control Panel Window.
See, how simple and easy it was to index encrypted files on Windows 7 by following the above-mentioned steps. You can also go for a quick recap of the above-mentioned steps on our video solution that is posted below. You can click on the play option to watch the video now!