How to Password Protect Files & Folders Without Software in Windows 7, 8, 10?

Lets admit that we all have some files in our systems we want to be password protected or at least hidden. Perhaps, privacy is one of the biggest urges of 21st century’s man. But that is not our point of discussion. Rather today it is, how to password protect files and folders in Windows 7, 8 and 10.

Best Way to Password Protect Files & Folders Without Software in Windows 7, 8, 10

How to Password Protect Files & Folders Without Software in Windows 7, 8, 10?Luckily, Windows 10 makes it possible to wrap your undisclosed plans and private files in a confidential folder which is password protected. Amazing thing is that you do not need any additional or third party program for it.

So, we have explained the entire procedure for you in this post. After reading, you will be able to password protect files and folders in Windows 7, 8 and 10. Though, it has been written  after a lot of research and confirmation but we still recommend that first time you try it on any unimportant file. It is always better to stay safe then sorry.  Let’s not test your patience more and start and lock your desired folder with password.

1. Open the desired folder in windows explorer.

2.  Right click somewhere inside the folder.

3. Click on “New”, in the contextual menu that appears when you click.

4. Hit “Text Document”.

How to Password Protect Files & Folders Without Software in Windows 7, 8, 10?

5. Now click enter, and a new text file will appear in your folder. The name of file has zero relevance with the process. You can name it whatever you like. It would not make any problem, if you delete this file after you are done with locking the folder.

6. Double click on this text file, to open it.

How to Password Protect Files & Folders Without Software in Windows 7, 8, 10?

7. Below we are sharing a piece of code (can be copied from here). You have to copy and paste this code in new file.

cls

@ECHO OFF

title Folder Locker

if EXIST “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}” goto UNLOCK

if NOT EXIST Locker goto MDLOCKER

:CONFIRM

echo Are you sure u want to Lock the folder(Y/N)

set/p “cho=>”

if %cho%==Y goto LOCK

if %cho%==y goto LOCK

if %cho%==n goto END

if %cho%==N goto END

echo Invalid choice.

goto CONFIRM

:LOCK

ren Locker “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}”

attrib +h +s “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}”

echo Folder locked

goto End

:UNLOCK

echo Enter password to Unlock folder

set/p “pass=>”

if NOT %pass%==Your-Password-Here goto FAIL

attrib -h -s “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}”

ren “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}” Locker

echo Folder Unlocked successfully

goto End

:FAIL

echo Invalid password

goto end

:MDLOCKER

md Locker

echo Locker created successfully

goto End

:End

8. Press ctrl + f, and type “Your-password-here”. It will show you where is this text written in the code.

9. Replace “Your-password-here”, with the new password.

10. Click on the File tab in the new document.

How to Password Protect Files & Folders Without Software in Windows 7, 8, 10?

11. In the menu, select the option of “Save As”.

12. Click on the drop-down menu of “Save As Type”.

How to Password Protect Files & Folders Without Software in Windows 7, 8, 10?

13. In drop-down menu of “Save As Type”, click on All Files option.

How to Password Protect Files & Folders Without Software in Windows 7, 8, 10?

14. The file name should be “FolderLocker.bat“.

15. Now hit on Save, and double click the folder locker.

How to Password Protect Files & Folders Without Software in Windows 7, 8, 10?

Congratulations, the Folder Locker has been generated.

How to Password Protect Files & Folders Without Software in Windows 7, 8, 10?How to Password Protect Files & Folders Without Software in Windows 7, 8, 10?

16. Drag the items you want to protect into the Locker Folder, as shown in the picture.

How to Password Protect Files & Folders Without Software in Windows 7, 8, 10?

17. Now, it is time to lock the folder. Click on Folder Locker to open it.

18. Type Y in the screen.

How to Password Protect Files & Folders Without Software in Windows 7, 8, 10?

How to Password Protect Files & Folders Without Software in Windows 7, 8, 10?

19. Hit Enter. The folder locker screen will disappear. And also the locker folder itself. Your secrets are safe from all kinds of prying eyes for eternity. No one can ever know them.

20. When you want to unlock the folder, double click on it to open it.

21. Enter the password, you replaced with “Your-password_here”.

How to Password Protect Files & Folders Without Software in Windows 7, 8, 10?

22. The locker folder is back now, so you can access your hidden files once again. Repeat previous steps to lock it again.

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