How do I create an encrypted folder in Windows 7?

Amina Valieva August 29, 2012


Could you suggest the best way to create an encrypted folder for keeping important document in? I am using Windows 7.

Thank you!

  1. Amit Sinha
    August 30, 2012 at 10:16 am

    the best way to use TPM( trusted platform module) to encrypt your files and even your HDD partition. It is mother board based encryption which uses TPM hardware to encrypt your files. In case your mother board does not have TPM then you can use any pen drive as an alternative to TPM, try searching on Google that "how to use/enable tpm".

    Warning: Use only if you know how to use it and when using pen drives for bit encryption then you must keep that pen drive in safe place if you format it or lost it you will permanently lose all your data, no software will unlock it.

  2. Amina Valieva
    August 30, 2012 at 7:43 am

    I will try TrueCrypt, thank you.

    August 29, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Hello, are you interested in doing this with tools included in windows 7 or with third party software?

    For third party software, you have been given one of the best tools in truecrypt. The best about it is that it is free and also can be use as a portable tool. Another tool that does what you want is folder Guard. It is a paid software but you can download the trial to see how you like it:

    or, Free Safehouse Explorer Encryption :

    If you want to use utilitites included with operating system you can use bitlocker provided you have the higher versions of windows 7 or just encrypt the folder by accessing the properties of it.

    Regardless of what tool you use it is very important not to lose the password.

  4. Benjamin Glass
    August 29, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Unfortunately, using built in operating system utilities, it is impossible to create an encrypted folder (to the best of my knowledge) in any Windows 7 edition except Ultimate and Enterprise. Your best option is the software mentioned below.

  5. Erlis D.
    August 29, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Another software is Dirlock. I would say its great, if you don't enter in your computer with another operating system... Also, if you format your pc (supposing that you have those files in your other partiton), they will not be locked anymore!

    • Erlis D.
      August 29, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      Also forget to mention: IOBit Protected Folder

  6. venkatp16
    August 29, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Truecrypt, Axcrypt.. both works good with windows 7

  7. Kao Vang
    August 29, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Truecrypt. Known to be uncrackable. It is also portable so you can carry the application and the encrypted file/container with you.

    • Sebastian Hadinata
      August 29, 2012 at 4:01 pm

      Also, it is worth noted that for the portable version to work it requires administrator privilege in order for it to run as stated in its portable version page here

    • Andres Elliku
      August 29, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      Definitely the best option.

      Actually, theoretically speaking no encryption is uncrackable. But if done right, then in the practical sense it is unfeasible with the current state of technology that a Truecrypt container could be cracked.
      Anyhow remember to choose a good strong password.

  8. jrasulev
    August 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Yep, the best option is TrueCrypt, but you need take some time to learn how to use it and it is open-source software and absolutely free, that means you can have access to your encrypted files on any PC

  9. GrrGrrr
    August 29, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    In case if u have Windows 7 Ultimate or Enterprise edition, you can use BitLocker

    BitLocker helps keep everything from documents to passwords safer by encrypting the entire drive that Windows and your data reside on. Once BitLocker is turned on, any file you save on that drive is encrypted automatically.

  10. Bruce Epper
    August 29, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    You could also use TrueCrypt to create a file that acts as a separate encrypted drive with its own drive letter. I find this is better in those cases where you may want to transport the encrypted data to another machine, save it in the cloud as a backup, or in case the drive crashes. It is more likely you will be able to recover your TrueCrypt file than a folder that has been password protected by another utility.

  11. Alan Wade
    August 29, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    In windows 7 you can encrypt folder and files in them by right clicking on the folder and choose properties, then click "advanced button on the general tab, then choose encrypt.
    This does not password protect the encrypted folder though.
    To lock a folder with a password use this app:

    That will do the trick.

    • Kaashif Haja
      September 1, 2012 at 12:24 am

      This is working fine.

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