Password Protect Folder on Windows XP

  Stirkius 00:29 15 Oct 04

I know you can password protect individual documents but is it possible to password protect the folder they are in ? (without purchasing additional software ?)

I have marked my own folder as private but need additional security if it at all possible

Machine is runnign standard Windows Home with SP2

  Djohn 01:27 15 Oct 04

Not sure if it will work with an uncompressed folder.

To protect files in a zipped compressed folder with a password

Open My Computer, and then locate the compressed folder.

Double-click the compressed folder.

On the File menu, click Add a Password.

In the Password box, type a password.

In the Confirm Password box, type the password again.


To open My Computer, click Start, and then click My Computer.

Passwords are case sensitive.

You can identify compressed folders by the zipper on the folder icon.

When you extract an password protected file, the extracted file is no longer protected.

  dave_the_red 11:38 15 Oct 04

I have some software at home that password protects any folder and it is completely freeware. I spent ages looking for this type of software and when i go this it exceeded my expectations as it is so simple to use and does its job really well. I needed extra software to do this job as i did not want to create seperate user accounts in xp but needed to protect certain folders.

I cant remember the name of it but when I get home at 6.00pm I will post the name on here.

Also it stops the folders appearing in last viewed lists etc.

  Stirkius 12:17 16 Oct 04


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12:43 16 Oct 04


  GibsonSt19 12:46 16 Oct 04

I need the name of that software too

  thedogisdead2 14:00 16 Oct 04

Just try and bury your porn in a really obscure folder that no-one would ever find, or you could try and make them hidden.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:45 16 Oct 04

Tell that to Gary Glitter

  Stirkius 21:34 16 Oct 04

Ermm..... I WORK FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT- i think you might want to rephrase that !

  emmandelo1 23:29 16 Oct 04


  GaT7 00:42 17 Oct 04

Here's a good free one - Cryptainer LE - click here. G

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