There are a variety of third-party software packages with which you can add a password to folders in Windows. However, it is also possible to add a password to a folder without any additional software.
Instead, you can set up a batch file that adds a password to the folder, which allows you to password protect folders without the need for third-party software in Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8.1 and 10. Read on to learn more.
1. Enter a folder where you want to create the folder with the password.
2. Right click to create a text document.
3. Then open the text document, and copy (Ctrl + C) and paste (Ctrl + V) 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)
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
echo Enter password to unlock folder
if NOT %pass%== PASSWORD_GOES_HERE goto FAIL
attrib -h -s "HTG Locker"
ren "HTG Locker" Private
echo Folder Unlocked successfully
echo Invalid password
echo Private created successfully
4. Save the document as locker.bat (you will have to select “All files” in the Notepad saving window to save the file as a .bat instead of .txt file). Which saves the document as a batch file, and can delete the original text file.
5. Note: the text PASSWORD_GOES_HERE must be changed with an appropriate password.
6. When you double-click the batch file to run it for the first time, a folder named “private” is created.
7. Double-click on the locker.bat file to confirm Y to hide the folder.
8. Double click will ask you for the password you entered in the text file instead of PASSWORD_GOES_HERE and then confirm again with Y, and the folder reappears.