GPG on Windows 7?

Bo Berglund bo.berglund at
Wed Nov 17 19:05:36 CET 2010

On Wed, 17 Nov 2010 08:45:16 -0500, Jerry <gnupg.user at>
>> > We use GPGee for encrypting files since we cannot use Outlook email
>> > encryption, so we need this to work in the Explorer for Windows 7
>> > too.

Well, GPGee was installed with the GPG4Win 1.1.4 that we use. It makes
it very simple to encrypt files from Windows Explorer.

We essentially do not encrypt email because of the various problems
encountered with Outlook versions. People in the organization use
Office 2003, 2007 and possibly 2010 and it has been such a lot of
problems when we tried to use GPGOL in Outlook so we decided it was
not worth the effort.

Instead we enter the confidential information into files, which are
really documentation of the projects we work on. These files are then
encrypted using GPGee by right-clicking the file in Windows Explorer
and selecting the GPGee encrypt pop-up menu item.

When I posted it was because my co-worker had reported that the IT
person at his end had told him that GPG does not work in Win7.
The PC he had at home was a Win7 whereas the work PC was a WinXP where
the GPG4Win 1.1.4 installed GPGee is working just fine.
He wants to get GPG also on his Win7 PC so he can process the files
also at home.
I have to ask him if he runs the 32 bit or 64 bit version of Win7.

Today I have googled the problem a bit more and found:
1) GPGee seems to have died so there is no new version
2) It is replaced in GPG4Win by GPGEx (explorer extension)
3) GPGEx does not work on Win7 X64 because Microsoft requires pop-up
plugins to Explorer to use 64 bit DLL:s and GPGEx is a 32 bit DLL...

Bo Berglund
Developer in Sweden

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