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.
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