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December 24, 2004 9:17:52 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

Is there a way to set a folder to prompt the user for a
password every time they try to open it without having to
compress the file to a .zip?
Anonymous
December 24, 2004 9:47:13 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

Ian wrote:
> Is there a way to set a folder to prompt the user for a
> password every time they try to open it without having to
> compress the file to a .zip?

There is no native way to do this in XP without compression or going the
encryption route. There are third party solutions that can accomplish this.
I cannot recommend any particular application since I have not used any for
this feature.

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Ronnie Vernon
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Anonymous
December 24, 2004 12:00:13 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

Ian wrote:
> Is there a way to set a folder to prompt the user for a
> password every time they try to open it without having to
> compress the file to a .zip?


Like Win2K, WinXP's file security paradigm doesn't rely on, or
allow, the cumbersome method of password protection for individual
applications, files, or folders. Instead, it uses the superior method
of explicitly assigning file/folder permissions to individual users
and/or groups.

HOW TO Create and Configure User Accounts in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;279783

HOW TO Set, View, Change, or Remove File and Folder Permissions
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;q308418

HOW TO Set, View, Change, or Remove Special Permissions for Files and
Folders
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;[LN];Q308419

HOW TO Set the My Documents Folder as Private in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;298399

Of course, if you have WinXP Pro, you can encrypt the desired
files/folders.

Best Practices for Encrypting File System
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;223316

As a crude work-around, if you actually prefer Win9x's way, you
can place the file in a compressed folder, and set a password to
uncompress the folder to view/access its contents.


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