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Without administrator privileges


Possibility to read the content of a VeraCrypt volume on Windows without administrator privileges


idrassi wrote Dec 13, 2014 at 10:26 PM

This feature requires implementing the ability to read filesystems (NTFS, FAT, Ext3..) directly in VeraCrypt since we can't mount the device in Windows without admin privileges.
Since it can be a huge task, I'm thinking of implementing a plugin for existing tools that offer reading the content of disk images like WinImage (

StephenLeibowitz wrote May 30, 2015 at 11:05 PM

Here is a brief description of how FreeOTFE implemented the feature:

Packaged with FreeOTFE is another program called “FreeOTFE Explorer”,[12] which provides a driverless system that allows encrypted disks to be used without administrator rights. This allows FreeOTFE encrypted data to be used on (for example) public computers found in libraries or computer kiosks (interactive kiosks), where administrator rights are unavailable. Unlike FreeOTFE, FreeOTFE Explorer does not provide on-the-fly encryption through a virtual drive.[12] Instead it lets files be stored and extracted from encrypted disk images, in a similar manner as ZIP and RAR archives, by using a Windows Explorer like interface.