How to password protect zip files in windows XP/windows vista?

By Techblissonline Staff Updated on 31st October 2014 Filed Under: Microsoft, Tech Tips, Windows Tips

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Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems have native support for zip compression and decompression called Compressed Folders or zipped folders. This lets you open any zipped file easily in windows without any third-party tool. This also lets compress and zip files easily.

How to compress files and folders in Windows XP/Windows Vista?

  • Locate the file you want to zip.
  • Right click on the file and select “Send To” and “Compressed (zipped) Folder.” This will create a new compressed folder with the same name as the file but with the extension .zip.
  • To add another file to this zip,right click on the other file and select “Copy.”
  • Next right click on the compressed folder created in step 2 above and select “Paste.” The copied file is pasted into the compressed folder. Repeat steps one to four until all the files are copied to your compressed folder.

How to password protect zip file or compressed folder in XP?

  • Right click on the compressed folder and select “Explore.”
  • In “File,” select “Add a Password.” Enter the password and confirm the password.

How to remove or disable password for zip file or compressed folder?

  • Right click on the compressed folder and select “Explore.”
  • In “File,” select “Remove Password.”

However file names in password-protected zipped or compressed folder are visible though the files themselves are inaccessible without the password. If you like to hide the file names, zip or compress the file(s) and add it to the password protected zipped or compressed folder.

How to password protect zip file or compressed folder in vista?

Read Password protect files, folders and compressed/zip files in windows vista.

12 Responses to “How to password protect zip files in windows XP/windows vista?”

  1. Simple and useful tutorial.

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  2. Hey nice tip , I never knew we can add password protection using default window add to zip folder option . Always used to use winrar for this :) . great tip . BTW there is a typo, “This will create a new compressed folder with the same name as the file but without the extension .zip.” , i think it must be “with” the extension zip rather than without.

    Thanks for this great tip . :)

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  3. oh…thanks a lot buddy…i have corrected it…i want readers like you…

  4. there is possibility to compress file(s) from command line :
    zip -9 -q c:test.zip “c:test.txt”

    do u know how add password from command line ?

    regards

  5. Nice and simple tutorial!
    And very handy as well. I will probably be using it from time to time. :)

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  6. In my Windows Vista Home Premium the Password option is not there.

  7. still even after following ur procedure im still not able to lock my zip file after selecting the file den compressing till there everythign is fine but after that if i explore the file i dont get the password option in my file menu.. Pls let me how should do it.. ur quick response will be apriciated

  8. Which version of windows are you using? Did you check the Action menu option.for example in windows 2000, the add password option can be found on opening the zip file and clicking Action menu item.The password protection will then apply to all subsequent files that you add to the compressed zip folder.

  9. well I looked it up and apparently you can’t have passwords on certain Vista ‘s I have th home premium and it doesn’t allow me to do it. you can check by clicking the help and support butten under start and search for “password protect” then the 1st couple options will tell you if you can or can’t with your version, hope it helps.

  10. please tell me how to open the compressed zip folder if somebody forgot the password.thanks

  11. [...] can easily unhide the hidden files and folders in windows vista.But there is no native support to password protect folders, files and zip files as in windows XP or windows 2000 or windows [...]

  12. I don’t get the explorer option with windows 7. Please help.

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