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Lock Folders in Windows XP

Looking for Password Protecting Folders in Windows XP? Find here an overview and all you need including the Private Folder uitlity, as well as the WinZip workaround explained.


Recent Windows operating systems like XP, Vista as well as Windows 7 do not use passwords to protect resources like files and folders. Instead, every resource has an associated DACL, a Discretionary Access Control List, which determines whether or not a user has the right to access a resource, and if so, with which level of permissions (read/write/execute for example). The DACL approach is believed to be safer and better manageable.

In some situation it may be useful to protect folder password for example, if no password is assigned to your Windows XP account / profile, Windows XP account / profile will be shared, or if you make it impossible for the administrator want access to your information by any means. Windows XP built-in methods to password protect folder encryption to use pure password protection is up to third-party tools.

When you would want some folders to be protected ?

If you share a computer with other users and want some extra security on your folders ? There are two ways to password protect a folder built into Windows XP.

Method 1: Password Protect any folder in windows xp (without any software).

Requirement: Your hard drive must be formatted using NTFS.

1. Right-click the folder you want to protect and click Propertie

2. Click the “Sharing” tab and check the box which says “Make this folder private“.

3. When you click on the apply button and your account is not protected with a password then a new window will pop up asking for the password to protect that folder.

4. Click OK and close the properties window and that’s it.

Note: You will need to use the password you had specified for the folder to log on to your computer from then on.

Method 2: Password Protect any folder in windows xp(using some free software).

Requirement: Nothing but only windows xp on any file system.

So , if the folder you want to protect is not the NTFS File system then you would have to use a freeware like Hide Files and Folders for windows xp It is a password-protected security utility working at Windows kernel level you can use to password-protect certain files and folders, or to hide them securely from viewing and searching just with a click of mouse.

Download Hide Files and Folder Locking Utility For Win Xp

If you have any problem in locking the folders in windows xp with a password using any of the above method please leave a comment here i will be glad to answer you.

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