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How to Lock Folder on Windows 10 Without Any Software

Unless you’re some kind of saint or someone who barely uses a computer, you’ve felt the need to lock your private files behind a password at some point in time. Locking your private files can be really important when you are living with nosy roommates or even family members. These days, doing that on a smartphone is pretty darn easy thanks to a plethora of app and file locking apps. On a PC, locking an app is still somewhat of a dream. Locking files and folders though has been possible since more than a decade ago. That’s usually through a third-party software. Today though we’ll show you how to lock folder on Windows 10 without any third-party software.

Warning

While this is a tried and tested method we still can’t take any responsibility for lost files or folders. It’d be best to test this out first on a folder that isn’t important. Also, it is possible that someone who understands the process can reverse engineer the process. So this isn’t meant to keep tech-savvy folks out, just nosy family members or friends who you don’t trust.

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How to Lock Folder on Windows 10 Without Any Software

  1. Right-click inside a drive or folder where you would like to place your locked folder and select New > Text Document from the context menu. You can even do this on the desktop if you want.
  2. Name the file anything you want or just hit Enter. The file name doesn’t really matter. How To Lock Folder On Windows 10 Without Any Software
  3. Once created, double-click on the text file to open it. Alternatively, you can simply open Notepad from the Start menu and skip directly to step 4. This way you won’t have to delete the newly created text file later.
  4. Copy and paste the text below into your newly created text document.
    cls@ECHO OFFtitle Folder Lockerif EXIST “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}” goto UNLOCKif NOT EXIST Locker goto MDLOCKER:CONFIRMecho Are you sure u 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.

    goto CONFIRM

    :LOCK

    ren Locker “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}”

    attrib +h +s “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}”

    echo Folder locked

    goto End

    :UNLOCK

    echo Enter password to Unlock folder

    set/p “pass=>”

    if NOT %pass%==Your-Password-Here goto FAIL

    attrib -h -s “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}”

    ren “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}” Locker

    echo Folder Unlocked successfully

    goto End

    :FAIL

    echo Invalid password

    goto end

    :MDLOCKER

    md Locker

    echo Locker created successfully

    goto End

    :End How To Lock Folder On Windows 10 Without Any Software

  5. In the text file, find the text Your-Password-Here. Replace Your-Password-Here with the password you want to set for the locked folder. For instance, if you want the password to be 12345, replace Your-Password-Here with 12345 as shown below. How To Lock Folder On Windows 10 Without Any SoftwareHow To Lock Folder On Windows 10 Without Any Software
  6. Click File > Save As… and then in the popup window select All files from the drop-down menu next to the label Save as typeHow To Lock Folder On Windows 10 Without Any Software
  7. Now type FolderLock.bat in the File name field and click Save. You can now delete the text file you earlier created. Also, you can name the file FolderLock.bat or anything else you want with the extension .bat. For the sake of this article, we’re going with FolderLock.bat.
  8. Now double-click on the FolderLock.bat file and a new folder named Locker will be created. How To Lock Folder On Windows 10 Without Any Software
  9. Drag and drop all the files you want to hide and lock into the folder. When you’re done, double-click the FolderLock.bat file again and this time you’ll be asked if you want to lock the folder. Type Y in the command prompt window and hit Enter. How To Lock Folder On Windows 10 Without Any Software
  10. You’ll notice the Locker folder is no more visible. It can’t be seen even if you turn on the option to show hidden files.  Even if you try accessing the folder via the address bar, Windows will return the message that it could not locate the folder.How To Lock Folder On Windows 10 Without Any Software
  11. The only way to access the folder again is to double-click on the FolderLock.bat file again. This time, it’ll ask you to enter the password you had earlier set. Type in the password and hit Enter and you’ll notice the folder will appear again.

When you’re done with your folder double-click on the FolderLock.bat file again and re-lock it.  That’s it! You have successfully locked folder on your Windows 10 and now you have a hidden safe inside your PC.

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