There are three ways to lock folders in Windows 7 without software. You can do it manually using the Registry Editor, you can do it via the Command Line, or you can use PowerShell. In this article, we’ll show you how to do each one of those things.
The first way involves editing the registry. If you don’t know what that is, it’s basically where Windows stores information about itself and programs. To edit the registry, open up the Registry Editor. When prompted, enter your password and press Enter. This opens the Registry Editor.
Now, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon. Locate the value named Shell. Double-click on it and change the value to “explorer”. Press OK twice to save changes. Now, whenever you log into Windows, you’ll see the Explorer desktop.
To make sure everything works correctly, restart your computer. Once logged in again, try opening another folder. You won’t be able to access it unless you’ve changed the default behavior.
Next, let’s look at the second option. We’ll start by creating a batch file called LockFolder.bat. Open Notepad and paste the following code into the document:
net stop wuauserv
You don’t need any special tools to lock folders in Windows. All you need is a simple text editor like Notepad++.
Step 1 – Open Notepad++
Open Notepad++ and type the following code into it:
Save the file as.reg. Double click on the file to run it.
Step 2 – Restart Your Computer
This method is easy to use. Just follow the steps below.
1. Open the File Explorer window.
2. Right-click on the desired folder and select “Properties.”
3. Click on the tab labeled “Security.”
4. Select “Lock contents to secure data” under the “File security” section.
5. Check the box next to “Encrypt contents to secure data,” and enter a password.
6. Click OK.
Windows 7 offers several ways to protect files and folders. One way is to use File History. Another way is to encrypt files and folders. But there are some limitations to both methods. For example, you cannot set a password for encrypted files and folders. And you cannot limit access to specific folders.
In this article we’ll show you how to lock folders without using any third party software. We’ll explain how it works and what you need to do to make it work.
Step 1. Open Folder Options
Step 2. Click Security tab
You’ll see three options here:
• “This folder contents can be viewed by anyone.” Select this option to allow everyone to view the contents of the folder.
There are several tools you can use to lock a folder in Windows 7. Some of them work better than others. In this article we’ll show you how to do it with one of the most popular free programs.
Step 1: Download and install FileLocker Free Edition.
Step 2: Open FileLocker Free Edition and select “Lock Files”.
Step 3: Click “Add” button and choose the folder where you want to lock the files.
Step 4: Choose whether you want to allow access to the locked file(s). If you don’t want anyone to open the files, make sure “Allow Access Only When Locked” box is checked. Otherwise, uncheck it.
Step 5: Click “OK” button.
You’re done locking the folder. Now no one can access the files without entering the password.
If you want to unlock the folder, simply repeat the above steps.
Tim Wiley was a tech writer for seven years at Recode. In that time, he covered everything from basic browser.js and URL parameters to XHRs, performance, malware, security, enterprise apps, social media, and Windows secrets. He also written about how to hack Signal in 2016 and how to resist, or possibly even conquer, the zero-day threat.