How to password protect a folder in Windows 8

You can’t easily password protect folders or files in Windows 8 yet, but you can remove the permissions for users or use TrueCrypt to create mountable encrypted containers that can only be accessed with the correct password.

How to password protect a folder in Windows 8

Tip: If you want to password protect a folder, it’s easy to encrypt it and create a container for it that you can mount and unmount. Click here – however there’s also an easier approach if you just want to protect your files from users who use the same PC and don’t need enhanced security protection (encryption)

Protecting A Folder in Windows 8: The Traditional Way

If you share your Windows 8 with other users it’s easy enough to protect your personal files and folders.

1. Step Create a folder

2. Step Right-click on it and click on properties

3. Step Go to the tab Security – select the User that you want to protect your folder from and click on Edit

Edit User Permissions

4. StepNow select the user again and check the first Deny box – it will automatically check all other checkboxes. Finally, click on Apply and it will protect this folder and only allow access from your user account

Protect folder in Windows 8

Password-Protect A Folder in Windows 8 via Encryption

Ok, stop. Encryption does not mean it has to be slow or difficult. In fact, TrueCrypt makes it really fast and you can access all files as if they were unencrypted.


1. Step Download TrueCrypt from (latest stable 7.1 09/26/11)

2. Step When you install TrueCrypt select Extract files, this will extract the program without actually installing it. You can then copy it onto a portable USB drive for example

Encrypting files in Windows 8

3. Step Now start the TrueCrypt.exe

4. Step Click on Create New Volume and this screen will pop up:

Encrypt and protect files

5. Step Select Standard for now

6. Step Find a place for your encrypted container. Think of it as a real file that is password-protected. Store it for example here: C:\Users\yourusername\Desktop

I am storing my own container own a USB device with 4GB storage:

Create volume location for encrypted files

Make sure you have enough disk space.

7. Step Select an algorithm. Don’t know what to choose? Use the default!

8. Step Enter a size for the encrypted container. I make it small 10MB

9. Step Set a password for your encrypted container. Don’t make your password too short or it will be easy to crack

10. Step Move your mouse for some time to get a good encryption and click on Format

Volume format encryption

11. Back on the TrueCrypt main screen, enter the path to your encrypted container (or click on Select file and browse to it)

12. Finally click on Mount, you can now access your encrypted password-protected container like any other hard drive via the explorer! Awesome? It is!
Mount password protected encrypted folder

Other Methods:
There are various other methods to password protect and encrypt folders. However, I think TrueCrypt is the best free solution and using the Windows 8 permission system you can deny access to certain folders and effectively protect your private folders. Both methods are useful, but obviously it depends on your situation.

If you need more protection, simply create an encrypted container and store your files on a flash drive. Flash drives with 8GB or more are cheap and can be used to store all your private files. You could also use an external USB hard drive for storing the password-protected encrypted folders. Very handy!

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3 Responses to How to password protect a folder in Windows 8

  1. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    gaviscon said:

    Is there a reason that Windows 8 has to suck so very badly? I mean, it’s bad enough that Win8 (win-tard) has completely forgotten the laptop user. But add to it the horrific non-secure mess that is Internet Explorer and the nearly useless Windows Defender, and now you “can’t easily encrypt folders.” Why does Microsoft even bother any more? Try getting ONE THING RIGHT, rather than doing so many things very very poorly. And yes, I would have chosen a different OS, but my stupid machine came with WinTard, despite negotiations with the company to send it to me with Win7. Customer service begins with LISTENING. Are you listening?

  2. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Oliver Krautscheid said:

    You should not rely on built-in Windows tools like Windows Defender in the first place. Get malwarebytes antimalware and Chrome and you’ll be set.

    Also to encrypt files use TrueCrypt or other tools – I like Windows for what it does, provide the most stable OS and then install apps on top. Just dont use the “Metro” apps unless you have a Windows Phone

    If you are still not happy, Chromebooks are available for 200+ bucks. In any case, Windows 8 is pretty neat on a laptop and better than a Chromebook if you want more than just browsing. You only need to learn a few shortcuts first

  3. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sandeep singh said:


    I followed all the steps in user guide but still when i open the “Local Disk (M:) it opens without asking me for a password. Please tell what might be going on ?

    Thank you.

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