Sometimes we don’t want our friends or family members to touch some of our personal or important files stored in our laptop. The biggest problem happens we can’t always hide our Windows password from our brothers, sisters or some other family members. So, in this case you can create a password protected folder in your Windows computer to put all your important files inside.
Via this article, I’m going to guide you how to create a password protected folder in your Windows laptop without using any software.
However, there are many software available on Internet for the same but they sometimes might be risky. If due to any reason the software gets deleted from your system, you might lose all your important files.
In this tutorial, I will tell you a very simple way to create password protected folder in Windows that doesn’t need you to install any software.
Steps – Creating the Password Protected Folder in Windows
Creating a password protected folder in Windows can be done by plenty of methods. Following are the steps for the simplest method ever.
Step 1: Copy the following code and paste it to Notepad.
title Folder Private
if EXIST “AUI Locker” goto UNLOCK
if NOT EXIST Private goto MDLOCKER
echo Are you sure you want to lock the folder(Y/N)
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 “AUI Locker”
attrib +h +s “AUI Locker”
echo Folder locked
echo Enter password to unlock folder
if NOT %pass%== PASSWORD_GOES_HERE goto FAIL
attrib -h -s “AUI Locker”
ren “AUI Locker” Private
echo Folder Unlocked successfully
echo Invalid password
echo Private created successfully
Step 2: In the above code, replace the key PASSWORD_GOES_HERE with the password you want to use to unlock the folder. For example if you want the password to be 123456, the line should look like:
if NOT %pass%== 123456 goto FAIL
Step 3: Once you’re done with the code, save this Notepad file in .bat format such as locker.bat. Make sure to change the Save as type: to All Files (*.*).
Step 4: Now, double click the locker.bat file and a folder named “Private” will be created. You can put any of your important files that you want to password protect in this folder.
Step 5: It’s time to lock out this folder to password protect your important files. So, again double-click on locker.bat file and it will prompt you to answer are you sure want to lock this folder? Press Y and hit Enter. The “Private” named folder will be locked/hidden.
Step 6: Now, you would be thinking how you can get to that folder again. To do so, you need to double-click on the locker.bat file once again, and it will ask you to enter the password you chose in the code (Step 1 – Step 2). As soon as you’ll enter password, the folder will again be visible in front of you.
That’s all about creating a password protected folder in Windows computer without using any external software. But, still here’s one thing to be noted that this method isn’t secure enough.
Anybody can hack the password by simply opening the locker.bat file in the editor such as Notepad. So, it’s just a very unsafe way to protect your important files. If you just wanna hide folder and files from those who don’t know about this trick, you can go for it.