Tuesday, October 8, 2013

How to Lock a Folder in Windows 7 without Additional Software

The first thing you should do is go into "Documents" and create a new folder. Name it whatever you like.

When you have done that, double-click on the folder and create a text document. This can be achieved by going into the contextual menu (right-click anywhere inside the folder -> New -> Text Document). Double-click on the text document and paste the following code into it:
title Folder Private
if EXIST "HTG Locker" goto UNLOCK
if NOT EXIST Private goto MDLOCKER
echo Are you sure you 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.
ren Private "HTG Locker"
attrib +h +s "HTG Locker"
echo Folder locked
goto End
echo Enter password to unlock folder
set/p "pass=>"
if NOT %pass%== ENTER_PASSWORD goto FAIL
attrib -h -s "HTG Locker" 
ren "HTG Locker" Private
echo Folder Unlocked successfully
goto End
echo Invalid password
goto end
md Private
echo Private created successfully
goto End
The next step is to change the ENTER_PASSWORD text to whatever you'd like your password to be. Don't use an easy-to-guess password.
Now we need to save the text document.
Click File and Click Save As.

NOTE: The text file must use the .bat extension. Therefore, I have named it Lock.bat and saved it.

When you have saved your batch file, you will need to delete the text document (.txt).
When you have deleted it, you may now double-click on your batch file. The first time you run the program, it will add a folder titled "Private". This is where you can store your documents to keep away from praying eyes. Go ahead and put some stuff in it now.

When you have finished adding your documents to the Private folder, double-click on locker.bat.  You will now be prompted whether you wish to lock the document or not. Select "Y" to lock it. When you do this, you will notice that the Private folder quickly disappears.

When you double-click locker again, it will ask you to enter the password.


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