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How to: Password Protect a Folder


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Steve Soleimani

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How can I password protect one (1) folder on my Window XP operated computer?
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If you have a log in password for your account, this can be used to protect folders from other users that have their own account on your machine. Your hard drive must be formatted using NTFS (which it probably is unless you're dual booting with another operating system).
  • Right-click the folder that you want to make private and choose "Properties" (or Alt+Double-click). Go to the "Sharing" tab and check the "Make this folder private" box.
  • Click Apply . If you do not have a password on your account, a box will pop up asking if you want to assign a password. This must be done if you want to make the folder private, so click Yes . You will need to use your password to log on to your computer from then on.
  • Type in a password then confirm it. Click the "Create Password" button then close the Password window.
  • Click OK in the Properties dialog box.
Now anyone else logged on to your computer can't access that file without knowing your password.

Edited by Dragon, 04 February 2007 - 06:25 PM.

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Well on boot up I already have it so I have to enter a password to log on. But can I add a password to that specific folder anyway. Like if I forgot to log off when I left, and someone wanted to see this folder, can I prevent that with a password.
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yes, to open the file it will still need the password entered
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