I had a Nextbook running windows 10 (don't ever buy a nextbook... they're junk) and while I was playing with it for a while, I guess I encrypted a particular folder on an external hard drive. I didn't think anything of it, that I would decrypt it when I had time. Well, I ended up having to sell it to someone for gas money, and forgot about decrypting this folder. Normally not a big deal, but I can't replace these pictures. Some are of my own grandfather holding my daughter, he has been deceased for 8 years so yeah, irreplaceable. I'm currently using (for now) a laptop running windows 8.1 that I got essentially for free. The encrypted files are on an external 3TB USB drive. I can see every other file, and there are a lot. I can "see" every file, but can't open any of the ones in this particular folder. I have (I think) all the files from win10 backed up as they would appear in File Explorer. Is there any way I can gain access to my encrypted files? Perhaps running a virtual machine? One other thing that, to me, suggests a bump in the road: I have tried two or three times to update Win8.1 to Win10 but my computer crashes on me every time I try. So, no upgrades for this machine... if I end up getting a new Win10 laptop, I'm thinking the 8.1 machine may turn dual-boot.