How to password protect a folder in Windows 7?

Do you want to know how to password protect a folder in Windows 7? It’s not so easy, so let’s get to it and lock and put a password on some of the important folders on your disk. This method is free and fully works with Windows 7 x64!


How to password protect folder in Windows 7

Password-protect, Lock, Encrypt Folder (for free!)

Actually it’s a bit more complicated to password protect files and folders in Windows 7 than you might think. The only good way I could think of is to encrypt your files, then everyone who wants to access your files first has to decrypt the files again. There are many fast encryption tools so that a decryption won’t take long. Of course this is only useful if you want to password-protect small files or folders. For largers files and folders, you will need some shareware tools (you will find a pretty decent one at the end of this post).

After some research, I found a handy free tool that allows you to protect and encrypt your files on Windows 7 x32 and x64 (yep, it’s compatible with 64-bit Windows):

Using WinGuard Pro

1. Step First start WinGuard Pro and click on “Encrypt a file, folder or drive”:

Password Protect folder Windows 7 Free

2. Step Next, browse to the folder or files that you want to password protect and set your password. For this example, I am password-protecting the folder “fraps”:

Encrypt File in Windows 7

3. Step Voilà, now if you try to access the files inside the fraps folder you will notice that they all have the same file extension “.wg7″ and you will no longer be able to access them without this tool AND the password. I am not sure how strong this encryption is, but it should be pretty safe.

Password protected files in Windows 7

Don’t store sensitive data:

I recommend that you don’t use this to password-protect banking data or anything similar, because that would really be reckless. In general it’s a good idea to store no “important” data on any PC with an internet connection.

Windows 7 File Encrypt/Lock/Password Shareware Tools

Looking for something more powerful?

You can always upgrade WinGuard Pro for a more powerful Windows 7 file encryption.

Need to password-protect large folders?

Another tool to lock files and folders or to encrypt them is “Folder Lock” (shareware). It can create locker which is useful for password-protecting larger folders (500MB+).

Lock, Encrypt, Password-protect files and folders

Many software utilities come with file encryption tools. You could for example try the great freeware tool Glary Utilities.

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8 Responses to How to password protect a folder in Windows 7?

  1. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    rOcK_oN said:

    just use dirlock the best program for this kind of jobs..

  2. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Jaryn said:

    I just tried dirlock, says it isn’t a valid win32 application
    running windows 7 ultimate x64

  3. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    R0Ck OFF said:

    @Jaryn
    Please try to download the file again . the file is corrupt

  4. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Mark said:

    dirlock doesn’t work on win7x64. Cannot add the context menus and when clicking in the empty list of protected folders it crashes.

  5. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    NELIEL said:

    yep..sadly a simple but efficient tool such as dirLock is not applicable for win7..dem!

  6. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    andy said:

    folks, try compatibility mode, maybe it works in CM of Vista or XP

  7. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Sam said:

    I tried WinGuard, You can lock folder and it’s working but Total commander still can open it.

  8. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Daniel B said:

    It’s pretty dumb that your only option is to encrypt the files themselves with no option to just put an access password on the folder.

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