well as achieving the desired effect has created a nuisance. I have found a
possible solution but would be very grateful if someone could tell me
whether or not it would probably be safe to apply the suggested solution.
My husband was concerned about the security of our laptop (Computer A)
because of documents on it containing sensitive data.
Boldly I said I was sure I could find a way of safeguarding the documents in
question and I did a bit of Googling. Sure enough I soon found a method
html. ) by which you attach a password to a folder:
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
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
e. Click OK and close the properties window and that's it.
I created a folder specially on a different computer (Computer B) and
attempted to implement this procedure.
It did not work for some inexplicable reason.
I Googled again and found this page:
er&id=2015649> &id=2015649 and here there was a different method:
1. Open a new document in either MS Word or MS Excel.
2. After finishing your document, click on Tools, which is found on the top
portion of your screen.
3. Select Options. A smaller screen will appear containing several tabs.
4. Click on the Security Tab.
5. Place corresponding passwords for opening and modifying the file.
6. Keep clicking OK until you are back to your document.
I applied this method to my test material (on Computer B) and it worked
fine. So I applied it to one of my husband's confidential files on computer
A and it worked fine there too.
Then I removed the password from my experimental file. (I can't now find
chapter and verse of how I did this but I think I just had to open the
document by using the password and then delete the blobs representing it in
the password box and click OK.)
The reason I am asking for help is that it appears that the first method I
tried failed to do what I wanted but did do something else - which to be
fair it did say would happen, namely, give me a prompt to supply a password
at log in.
I don't want to have this but I cannot now get rid of it.
The trusty Googling has found this remedy (though again I'm afraid I can't
remember the url for it):
How do you disable the login prompt in Windows XP Home?
1. Click Start and Run
2. Type "Control Userpasswords2" and press enter.
3. Uncheck the box for "Users must enter a user name and password to use
4. Click Apply and Ok.
Please can anyone reassure me that this will be safe to do? Is that what you
think I should do or would you recommend a different course?