Correct ... your files will be encrypted (garbled) and will only be able to
be accessed from within your account.
The "key" is what is used to unlock your files. It is stored inside your
user account and can only be used while you are logged in.
Anyone trying to access your files outside of your account will not be able
to do so, since they won't have access to your key.
You should backup your key so that if you forget your password or something
terrible happens, you will have a way to access your files.
Without a backup of your key, you will lose your files if you lose access to
The encryption is the best solution, as there is no way around it. You could
also change permissions on your personal folder to remove the access that it
gives to administrators, but there are ways around that restriction if the
other user is an administrator.
However, if the other person isn't very "technically advanced" they may not
know how to go about bypassing the restriction, so that may be a better
option for you, as it won't put your data in as much risk as encryption.
To use this second option, perform the following steps:
- Click start
- Type: cmd
- Right-click cmd when it appears
- Click Run As Administrators
- Type the following commands into the command prompt EXACTLY as shown,
pressing enter after each line:
icacls . /remove Administrators
(The last command will take a few minutes to complete)
Microsoft MVP - Windows Shell/User
Windows Vista Support Faq http://www.jimmah.com/vista/