How can I password protect a folder in Windows XP?
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How can I password protect a folder in Windows XP Professional?

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  • Shramika

    i want to lock my folder with a password.i have all the options available.but 'make this folder private' is not responding.plz comment

  • Anonymous

    I suggest
    you do not reinstall your Windows XP or take it to an computer expert for
    repair, it may cost you some time or result in losing data, or cost some money.


    You can
    totally reset the password by yourself by creating a bootable CD with these Windows password recovery tool, such as
    Windows Password Recovery Tool 3.0, Ophcrack,  Windows Password Key .

  • PayneLess Designs

    To make a folder private in Windows XP:

    1. Click Start, and then click My Computer.
    2. In the My Computer window, double click the drive where Windows is installed, and then double click Documents and Settings.
    3. Double click your user folder, right-click the folder that you want to make private, and then click Properties.
    4. In the Properties dialog box, on the Sharing tab, click Do no share this folder, and then click OK. Repeat the steps above for each folder that you want to make private. 

  • Anonymous

    Method 1: 
    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.


    Show "Encrypt" on the context menu

    The newest version of TweakUI also enables you to show the Encrypt option in the context menu. To do this, follow the below steps.
    1.Open TweakUI.
    2.In the TweakUI window, select Explorer
    3.In the right side of the window under Settings, locate Show 'Encrypt' on context menu and check the box. This option should be below Prefix 'shortcut to' on new shortcuts and above Show 'View workgroup computers' in NetPlaces

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