Without using any additional software you can assign a password to each file within an XP 'zip folder'. Although the zip-folder can still be opened, any file within it will generate a password-prompt if one has been assigned to it.
1. Create a new zip-folder (Right-click on desktop or in a window->New->Compressed (zipped) folder.
2. Open the zip folder and drag or copy/paste your files into it.
3. Right-click empty area in the zip-folder windows and choose "Add a password"
The password is now applied to all the files within that zip-folder, but it only applies to those files which are present at the time you create the password
If you add any new files to that zip-folder, they are not automatically protected and anyone can open them.
Therefore, you will have to 'remove' the existing password (right-click) and perform "add a password" again.
Once again, all files in that folder will be protected, both old ones and new ones.
That's a very annoying shortcoming of using the built-in method. You should be able to simply put new files in there
without going through the password creation again, but alas it doesn't work like that.
Alternative is to use a third-party utility. Only free one I could find in a hurry is here: http://www.canadianc...de_Folders.html
If you're willing to pay for a shareware solution there are many to choose from. Just type password protect files or folders
into a Google search box.
Edited by pip22, 27 February 2008 - 04:06 AM.