How to lock a folder in windows 7

Searching the internet, you will find many ways on how to lock a folder in windows 7 or create a password protected folder. There are many third party software programs out there, but with this method, you can create your own locked or password protected folder with a simple and quick batch script.

(A )     The first step in how to lock a folder in Windows 7 is to create a folder. This folder will contain your locked folder. It’s an ordinary folder and can be located anywhere on your computer and with any name you desire for the folder name.

how to lock a folder

(B)     The next step to lock a folder is to go inside the newly created folder and create a file. Simply go to your Windows start button, click start and go to accessories, finally choose notepad.



how to lock a folder notepad


(C)      Next, copy and paste the code below the next image into your text file. Once you have pasted, be sure to edit where it says PASSWORD_GOES_HERE. Finally, save the file as locker.bat. Be sure to change the properties under the name to “all files” because leaving it as a text file won’t work.



how to lock a folder choose all files not text


(D)    copy and paste code into .txt folder. Copy and Paste This Code, be sure to change the password

 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=>"
 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

(E)    Once you have your file saved as locker.bat, you can now run your batch file by double clicking on it. On the first time you run the batch file, it will create a folder called Private. Put your secret stuff in here! Once you have all your stuff inside the lock folder, simply run the locker.bat file again.



creates private folder

(F)    When you run the file again, you will be asked if you want to lock the folder. Simply press the “Y” key and then hit enter. This is how to lock your folder, your folder disappears.




If you run the script again, it will prompt you for a password. Enter your password, and the folder will reappear, else it will just end.