How to lock or password protect folders in windows xp with and without any software.

I just received a mail from one of the readers of Technix Update asking for a method of locking any folder in win Xp ,this is most often asked question about windows xp and quite important question as per the security point of view.

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 on the folder go to “Properties“.

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. That’s it done.

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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.

Some More Ways To Lock Folder With Password On Windows 7 or Windows 8

In case you are looking for some software that could add password to open a folder in vista, windows 7 or windows 8 you can read our guide here or here and another way in which you need to enter a password to view folder contents can be found here

 

Comments

  1. prae says

    Didnt understand how to password protect the folders
    in winxp prof with disk FAT, hide i know bt how to paswrd protect the folders

  2. krishna says

    my hard Disk is formatted with NTFS i am using OS Windows Xp 2004 with services now i want to how to give password to my folder sothat any persone should not open my folder

  3. Masood Ahmad says

    Sir, I would like to view restriced websites in a DNS/Proxy environment. Give me the solution so that I can access all the websites on the internet including the restricted ones. Thanks and Regards – Masood Ahmad -

  4. Kashi says

    I am using Windows XP SP2 and my hard drive is formatted in the NTFS file system, however when I go to the folder properties the “Make this Folder Private” button is faded out. This is the case for all folders on my system except for the System Users’ “My Documents” folders. Is there a way I can remedy this?

  5. hoangson says

    Please instruct me how to create a password to protect folders ( i am using windows XP incuding winRAR zip )

  6. michael g says

    tried your tip to password protect folders in win xp with ntfs file system.
    the make folder private box is not checkable(faded out) how can i repair?
    thanks

  7. BigMak Mike S. says

    what is the software for method # 2

    And Michael the private box only can be checked if the computer has multiple user accounts.

  8. Dan Evans Jr. says

    Thanks for the tip, but it’s not what I was looking for. It doesn’t specify that multiple accounts are needed. I’m looking for the ability to password restrict a folder on a single use/single account PC. IE, when I or ANYONE clicks on that folder, a password is required to view the contents.

    I’m amazed that this isn’t built into XP already.

  9. says

    hi iam giri , i have a problem in my office
    in my office every user having unternet they are using so much yhjey spend lot of time on internet so i want to block all web sites eccpet my company web site
    please give some sollution how its possible please send to my mail

  10. gigi says

    Why is it that the majority of people leaving comments are illiterate? If you expect someone to take the time to help you on a problem, take the extra ten seconds to look over what you wrote so it does not sound like my daughter in kindergarten is asking for help.

  11. sleepless says

    gigi..why don’t you consider the fact that not the whole world speak english, maybe those you called illiterate are way smarter than you, it just might be not their first language!!

  12. Noor gul says

    for giving password to folder:

    in shairing tab make this folder is not activated to protect a folder.so how it will activated.

  13. Srinivas says

    My system is in NTFS file system but “make this folder is private ” option is enabled for the folders which are in desktop only.
    for the remaining folders which are in D:, E: drives this option is disabled.
    i.e.the check box is disabled.

    Please give me an advice regarding this

    Thank You!

  14. johnli says

    I like program MyFolder. It allows to password-protect and hide any folder on PC. You can download it absolutely free here http://virtual-protect.com

  15. Vishal Shah says

    I have one problem,
    I have make the partition in my hard drive C,D,E,f respectively

    now i want to make the F drive lock which can not be opened by any one else except the administrator login.

    so how can i make it possible without using any kind of softwares

    please anyone is there to solve this problems??????

  16. Paul Duckworth says

    Using XP. I want to password protect an external disk drive. The usual “properties”, “sharing” option does not work, either adisk drive level or, surprisings, at folder level. the “make private” tick box is greyed out.

    Any suggestions?

    P

  17. Preeti says

    Hello Sir,

    I have followed the same method to protect my folder with passwords. However the problem is “make my folder private” option is disable…How can I enable it…plz respond…

    Thanks in advance

    Preeti

  18. Noman says

    hello dear my name is noman and im from pakistan im using window xp but i have prob im following ur tips but its not working i mean its disabled plz tell me any solution

  19. M.Sweety says

    I want a file present in c drive to be lock using password but in case i have to share my c drive for other user, my lock folder cant opened or viewed by the other user & in another case if my hardware applied to another computer then also any other user or on any system the lock folder cant view or open except mine.Please Give a good idea. I cant format my hardware so please give good idea.Looking forward to hear from anyone.

  20. Anil says

    Hello Sir,

    I have followed the same method to protect my folder with passwords. However the problem is “make my folder private” option is disable…How can I enable it…plz respond…

    Thanks in advance

    Anil

  21. DYRONE says

    thanks man for the post… but in using the hide files and folders software you mention i think there is a litle problem… yes you can protect the files and folders in a specific drive… but since the restriction follow on the path of the folder it is protecting, when you copy the folder to another location then the restriction will be useless… it will not be password protected anymore…so what does it mean? if you want to opent the restricted file just copy it to other loacation and wooop you can open the folder…. i know another software that protect the folder and i think it is moreeffective.. try lockbox… it is free…

    thank…

  22. manireddy says

    Hello Sir,

    I have followed the same method to protect my folder with passwords. However the problem is “make my folder private” option is disable…How can I enable it…plz respond…

  23. nikunj says

    I am using Windows XP SP2 and my hard drive is formatted in the NTFS file system, however when I go to the folder properties the “Make this Folder Private” button is faded out. This is the case for all folders on my system except for the System Users’ “My Documents” folders. Is there a way I can remedy this?
    please mail me……

  24. Aiman says

    Thanks you help lock my files from my brother taking my important files!!
    THANKS MAN!!

  25. Bob says

    When I click make my folders private it comes up with a box, setting folder permissions, and then the box vanishes.

    Help!

  26. Akhilendra says

    I am using Windows XP SP2 and my hard drive is formatted in the NTFS file system, however when I go to the folder properties the “Make this Folder Private” button is faded out. This is the case for all folders on my system except for the System Users’ “My Documents” folders. Is there a way I can remedy this?

  27. Akhilendra says

    I am using Windows XP SP2 and my hard drive is formatted in the NTFS file system, however when I go to the folder properties the “Make this Folder Private” button is faded out.

  28. anu says

    Hi
    I have xp pro with ntfs, but there is no option Make folder private.
    suggest asap.

  29. Ceepee says

    Help me please, i can’t removed yahoo messenger 9.0 from my computer. Any idea for me?

  30. Vaishali says

    I have followed the same method to protect my pdf file with password. However the problem is “make my folder private” option is disable…How can I enable it…plz respond…

  31. Komali says

    the method1 u have given over here locking the entire user account.i need a way how to lock a particular folder even if any other person logged in through my account.that means creating password for one particular folder..

  32. Kenzo Reeg says

    The best way is to use winsesame. This powerfull tool is simple to operate. It uses 6 encryption algorithms and allows you to protect files or foldres on your pc, external drives, usb flash drive and network. The protected folders and files can be sent by mail. I think it’s currently the most powerfull software to protect files and folders against unauthorized access.

  33. Hemant says

    Sir
    I want to create a folder on workgroup with user name and password , i am able to create this but the issue is that administrator user name and password is working there , its not safer for me

  34. Abdul Wahab says

    did u get responce for above comments, if so, please share it with me, me also searching for same requirement,

  35. haseeb says

    Hello Dear,

    i hope you will be in good health. I checked your options but i can’t able to protect the folder. Becoz when the option make the Folder Private is like hidden and cannot be checked, kindly guide me.

  36. bhupendra singh says

    i do not know my hard disk is formated or not by NTFS but i want to lock some folder on my computer so that other person can not open these folder.

  37. xyz says

    just right click on any folder and choose properties n u r done….u have all the info if its NTFS/FAT…..

  38. DR John Negro says

    lease help me because my folder properties >> sharing tab fades the check button Keep This Folder Private.

  39. anshara says

    hmry computer may private folder krny k option nai ara pl tell this mrthod how i can do pasword my folder

  40. Hanamant says

    Hi Dear,

    I hope you are feeling well. I checked your options but i can’t able to protect the folder. Becoz when i go to the Folder properties and share the Folder Private is like hidden and cannot be checked, kindly guide me.

    Waiting for your reply…

    Regards
    Hanamant

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