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    Folder Passwords (Win XP Pro SP1)

    Moderators: If this question is beyond the scope of Win XP and is more suited for the <font color=blue>Software</font color=blue> board, please move...

    I leave my Home PC running most all the time, even when I'm away... Occasionally, other family members will use it to access the web or tinker with other programs. This is okay with me, but I'd like a way to secure a certain folder on my machine:

    Cocuments and SettingsRickyStorage

    This is where I keep very important files that I do not want to have accessed by kids (and their friends). Is there a way to apply an access password to the folder? I know how to apply protection to MS Office files but that's not what I need. There are literally hundreds of spreadsheets, documents, full programs, etc all stored in this one folder.

    <font face="Comic Sans MS">I'm looking for a way to lock the folder that would also make it impossible to open a file from within the folder by using the application. To access the folder contents or to open a file within the folder would require a password.</font face=comic>

    Any idea how I could accomplish this?

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    Re: Folder Passwords (Win XP Pro SP1)

    You could try setting permissions using the Security tab for the folder's properties. This should let you specify user rights in detail. However, since my computer is connected to a Windows domain, I really don't know what the dialog would look like without a domain controller in the mix.

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    Re: Folder Passwords (Win XP Pro SP1)

    If you are running Windows XP Professional you can
    <UL><LI>Go to Tools > Folder Options > View
    <LI> Check that "Use simple file sharing (Recommended)" is not checked
    <LI>Make sure that the disk is formatted as NTFS, you can check this by right clicking the disk and choosing properties
    <LI>Right click the folder, choose properties, then Security
    <LI>Add permission for yourself with Full Control
    <LI>Remove permission for Everyone[/list]I believe that Windows XP home has a much simpler model, where you can either mark folders as private so only you have access, or allow everyone to have access. I don't know how to configure this.

    StuartR

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    Re: Folder Passwords (Win XP Pro SP1)

    This will only work if Ricky logs in himself with his own (private) password, then logs out before allowing others access to the pc, right?
    If password protecting the folder (when another user is using the pc under his login) is required, I'm not sure if that would work.

    I haven't had a chance to try this, but if another user is created - the password for whom is known only to Ricky - could he give exclusive access (as above) to this new user and then access the folder on a once-only basis by 'connecting as...' ?

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    Re: Folder Passwords (Win XP Pro SP1)

    That's a cute idea.

    He could, for example, Shift + Right Click on Word and chose Run As to specify the alternate username and password. This would allow him to open the protected files from that instance of Word and when the program is closed the access goes away again.

    A completely different approach, and the one that I use on my home PC, is to install PGP and put the sensitive files into a PGP Disk. You need a password to mount this PGP disk, but then all programs can access it like any other disk. You can set it to dismount automatically after a period of inactivity.

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    Re: Folder Passwords (Win XP Pro SP1)

    Hi Stuart:

    I am using NTFS. I am also using MS TweakUI to auto logon when the PC is started or restarted.

    As you've suggested, I've unchecked Folder Options | View | Simple File sharing. Now, to carry this to the next step, is it going to require that I change my method of logging on to the PC and/or setting up other user accounts?

    If possible, I'd like to not have to worry about lgging out when I walk away from the PC. And I don't really want to clutter the system with other User Accounts. I want the folder to be password secured even when the PC knows it's me sitting at the keyboard...

    PGP?

    Thanks,
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    Re: Folder Passwords (Win XP Pro SP1)

    If you put all the documents you want to protect, you can then protect that folder with a password. Double-click the zipped folder icon and select Add a password. This won't keep anyone from opening that folder or any subfolders, but each document will require the password to open.

    Fafner

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