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July 22, 2005 8:33:01 PM

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How do password protect my folders. I have some folders i do not want anyone
to be able to open... is it possible to password protect them?
Anonymous
July 22, 2005 10:26:16 PM

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Paul wrote:
> How do password protect my folders. I have some folders i do not want anyone
> to be able to open... is it possible to password protect them?


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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Anonymous
July 22, 2005 10:48:17 PM

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This may not be the best way, but it is the way I would do it.

1. Make sure you have NTFS file system, if not then you need to convert it.
2. Disable simple file sharing:
---Open a folder on your desktop.
---Click tools at the top
---Click Folder Options
---Look for "use simple file sharing" in the list and remove the check.
3. Right click on the folder in question and you now have a security tab.
4. Click on the security tab and you will see the users and groups that
have access to the folder.

Note: By default a new folder will allow the "users" group to access that
folder. By default a new user will go into the users group.

You now want to create a user account for the other people that will be
using your computer. Create an account and make sure you do not make that
account an administrator. You can now keep people out of your folders by
going to the folders in question and denying the "users" group access.

Good luck!
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"Paul" <Paul@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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> How do password protect my folders. I have some folders i do not want
> anyone
> to be able to open... is it possible to password protect them?
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Anonymous
July 23, 2005 12:53:56 AM

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Hi Paul,

You can passoword protect files through zip files:

How To Use Compressed (Zipped) Folders in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;306531


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Anando
Microsoft MVP- Windows Shell/User
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http://www.mvps.org

In memory of Alex Nichol
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/meetexper...

Folder customizations
http://newdelhi.sancharnet.in/minku

Protect your PC!
http://www.microsoft.com/protect


"Paul" <Paul@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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> How do password protect my folders. I have some folders i do not want anyone
> to be able to open... is it possible to password protect them?
Anonymous
July 23, 2005 5:34:47 AM

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And if you forget the password there are utilities to crack zip files. If
you want security use something else.


"Anando [MS-MVP]" <anando@mvps.org> wrote in message
news:egytXixjFHA.3436@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
> Hi Paul,
>
> You can passoword protect files through zip files:
>
> How To Use Compressed (Zipped) Folders in Windows XP
> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;306531
>
>
> --
>
> Anando
> Microsoft MVP- Windows Shell/User
> http://www.microsoft.com/mvp
> http://www.mvps.org
>
> In memory of Alex Nichol
> http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/meetexper...
>
> Folder customizations
> http://newdelhi.sancharnet.in/minku
>
> Protect your PC!
> http://www.microsoft.com/protect
>
>
> "Paul" <Paul@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:1C573EDE-586B-42AA-A630-64287B9A9F0B@microsoft.com...
>> How do password protect my folders. I have some folders i do not want
>> anyone
>> to be able to open... is it possible to password protect them?
>
>
!