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Password protect folders in Windows XP

There are two ways to lock folders in Windows XP with a password.

1. The first method applies when you share your computer with others.

a. Right click the folder you want to protect and click properties.
b. Now select the Sharing tab and check the Make this folder private checkbox.
c. Click on Apply and use your login password to access the folder.

(Note: If you do not have a login password, a box will appear for you to enter a new password. A password must be assigned here to make the folder private. After a password is assigned, it becomes your new login password.)

d. Type the password and click the Create Password button. Now close the password window.
e. Click OK and close the properties window and that's it.

2. The second method involves zipped folders and is easy to use.

a. Double-click to open a zipped folder.
b. Go to File >> Add a Password.
c. Enter the password you want to assign in the box and again in the password confirmation box.
d. Click Ok and the folder is password protected.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Tuesday, October 31, 2006


Comment by Anonymous Anonymous on December 20, 2006 at 11:07 PM  
Does not work for my WIN XP, the: Make This Folder Private, is greyed out even though I use a password.
There are only 2 reasons for this ("Make this Folder Private" checkbox is greyed).

1. The folder is not in your user profile (Drive_letter:\Documents and Settings\User_name, where Drive_letter is the drive on which Windows XP is installed and User_name is your user name). The Make this folder private option is available only for files in your user profile (the My Documents folder and its subfolders, and the Cookies, Desktop, Start Menu, or Favorites folders).

2. The Windows folder is located on a drive that is formatted with the FAT or FAT32 file systems. The Make this folder private option requires the NTFS file system.

1. Move the folder you want to protect to your My Documents folder and check if Make this Folder Private is enable.

2. If the above mentioned tip still doesn't work, then the drive on which your Windows folder is located is not formatted with NTFS file system.

You can find a related article from the Microsoft Knowledge Base by clicking this link.
hi.. i had done the same thing and everything was fine till my laptop crashed due to some hardware problem. The data is intact in the hard drive, and am using it as a usb storage now. Unfortunately, am not able to access the data inside the folders!!! :( Is there a way around for this?
Comment by Anonymous Anonymous on January 26, 2009 at 11:27 PM  
TO retrieve your data from your crushed laptop, find a way to series your HDD (from the crushed laptop) to a new laptop. Set the HDD as slave so that it will not conflidk with the primary drive. YOur HDD should be recognized as drive D: now. You should be able to access your data. If you don;t know how to series your HDD.
I have made the folder private, but there is no password window appeared.
I did that , but i lock it then i forgot my password how i can open it , or change the password?