GPG NEVER asks for a passphrase

Bernhard Reiter bernhard at
Fri May 28 17:09:05 CEST 2021

Hi Steven,

Am Donnerstag 27 Mai 2021 17:44:23 schrieb Steven Dudley via Gnupg-users:
> Windows 7 home premium
> service pack 1
> 8 gb of ram
> 64-bit
> GnuPG 1.4.23
> GPG Config 1.33
> GPG Shell 3.78

(Note that I cannot find a current info on GPG Shell are you shure this is 
still security supported?)

> When I right click on a file and send to GPG Tools, pick my OLD DEFAULT
> (being phased out) email, GPG runs and a *.gpg file is created.  I double
> click on it, I'm asked for a passphrase, I enter it, and my file is
> decrypted.
> When I encrypt to my NEW key, my *.gpg file is created, I double click on
> it, GPG NEVER asks for a passphrase, it just decrypts the file.

Try to operate "gpg" on the command line to see more messages which may help 
you to find out if this is a frontend issue or something else.

  gpg -vv --decrypt x.gpg

Newer GnuPG version on windows would cache a passphrase for a while,
I cannot say what GPG Shell does (as far as I remember it isn't Free 

Best Regards,

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