How to Password Protect a Folder in Windows XP, 7, 8 and 10 ?

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How to Password Protect a Folder in Windows XP, 7, 8 and 10 ?: We save a ton of data on our computers. However, sometimes we have some private or sensitive data which we want to hide from other people. The best way to hide them is to password protect a folder in windows. So how would you password protect a folder in windows? Well, thats a question which we are going to answer today. So read up to the last.

Do you have some sensitive file which you don’t want other people to see? No worries my friend, we all have important documents on our PC which we want to protect from others. There are millions of people who want to keep their files protected. But sadly, they don’t know how to password protect a folder in Windows 10, 8, 7 or even XP. This feature is available in al the windows version ranging from our good old XP to the latest 10. So today in this article, we are going to talk about how you can password protect your files and folders in windows to ensure their safety. Let’s get started, shall we?

How to Password Protect a Folder in Windows

How to Password Protect a Folder in Windows XP, 7, 8 and 10 ?
How to Password Protect a Folder in Windows XP, 7, 8 and 10 ?

There are numerous ways by which you can password protect a folder in windows system. Today we are going to discuss few of them. Most of these methods are not very hard and free of cost. I.e. you don’t have to purchase any third party software to do this. So let’s get right into it.

Method 1.  How to Password Protect a File in Windows 7, 8 and 10

This method works best for Windows 10, 8, 8.1, and 7 as well. If you’re a Windows Vista user, then you should check method 2.

1. First, find the folder which you want to hide or protect.

2. After finding, the folder, right click on the folder and choose properties from the menu.

3. A new window will popup, click on the advanced settings there.

4. Check the box saying “Encrypt content to secure data”  option.

5. Click on Apply button and then press Ok. You’re done!

Method 2.  How to Password Protect a File in Windows Vista

This method is similar to what we use in windows 10 nowadays. If you’re a Windows XP user, then you should check method 3. Ok, let’s start with the instructions.

1. First, find the folder which you want to hide or protect.

2. After finding, the folder, right click on the folder and choose properties from the menu.

3. A new window will popup, click on the advanced settings there.

4. Check the box saying “Encrypt content to secure data”  option.

5. Click on Apply button and then press Ok. You’re done!

Method 3. How to Encrypt Files in Windows XP Professional

Some people still use Windows XP because it is lightweight and functional at the same time. So here are the steps to encrypt your folders in Windows XP. Follow the steps carefully.

1. First, find the folder which you want to hide or protect.

2. After finding, the folder, right click on the folder and choose properties from the menu.

3. A new window will popup, click on the advanced settings there.

4. Check the box saying “Encrypt content to secure data”  option.

5. Click on Apply button and then press Ok. You’re done!

Steps to Password Protect a File or Folder in Windows XP Home Version

back in the days, Windows used to come in two different variants. If you’re using XP home variant, then the normal method won’t work in this scenario. Here are the steps to encrypt folders in windows XP home edition.

1. First, find the folder which you want to hide or protect.

2. Right-click on the file and then select properties from the popup options.

3. Click on sharing tab and check the option saying “Make this folder private” text.

4. Click on Apply and then press the Ok button.

Things to Keep in Mind Whenever You Password Protect a File or Folder

You must know that there is no such thing which can guarantee 100% security to your files. There are a lot of other tools which can ensure you another layer of added security. So if you are really concerned about your files, then you should consider buying a premium software for this.

So, Guys, this is how you can protect your folders in Windows 10, 7, 8 and even XP. We hope that you understood the method which we mentioned in this article. If you are facing any problem, then feel free to comment down below. I will be happy to help you out. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day.

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