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password protecting a Zip file in windows 7

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  • So I am trying to figure out how to password protect a zip file using the built in zipping utility in windows 7.  In windows xp and vista once you have created a zipped file you open the file and select file>add password.

    In windows 7 (currently using pro) there is no "add password" option, anyone have any idea why this is?  Or is there some other way of adding a password to a windows zip file that I am not aware of?  Am I being forced to add a 3rd party zip app in order to password protect files? 

    if so my other question is why would such a simple/convenient feature be removed from an operating system that is suppose to be superior then the previous?

    jeudi 10 mars 2011 16:24

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  • According to the Windows 7 Help file there is no such capability in windows 7:

    Can I protect files or folders with a password?

     

    No, you can't use a password to protect files and folders in Windows. However, some programs that run on Windows allow you to protect individual files with a password. For more information, check the Help for the program you're using.

    There are other ways to protect your files and folders in Windows. You can encrypt your files using Encrypting File System (EFS), manually specify who can access the folders or files by setting permissions, or hide them. Choose your method based on how secure the folders or files need to be. Encrypting is the most secure, while hiding the folders is the least secure.

    For more information about EFS, see What is Encrypting File System (EFS)? For more information about permissions, see What are permissions?


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    jeudi 10 mars 2011 18:29

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  • According to the Windows 7 Help file there is no such capability in windows 7:

    Can I protect files or folders with a password?

     

    No, you can't use a password to protect files and folders in Windows. However, some programs that run on Windows allow you to protect individual files with a password. For more information, check the Help for the program you're using.

    There are other ways to protect your files and folders in Windows. You can encrypt your files using Encrypting File System (EFS), manually specify who can access the folders or files by setting permissions, or hide them. Choose your method based on how secure the folders or files need to be. Encrypting is the most secure, while hiding the folders is the least secure.

    For more information about EFS, see What is Encrypting File System (EFS)? For more information about permissions, see What are permissions?


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    jeudi 10 mars 2011 18:29
  • Bry, Download windows XP mode and use the password protection in there (you might already have it or will use it in the furture).

    It will still list all the files but you cannot open them with out the password


    jeudi 8 mars 2012 23:41
  • Bry, Download windows XP mode and use the password protection in there (you might already have it or will use it in the furture).

    It will still list all the files but you cannot open them with out the password


    That's really a brilliant solution!

    Move all your Windows 7 files to the XP Mode so you can password protect the files.

    Absolutely BRILLIANT!!!!


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    vendredi 9 mars 2012 11:56
  • Just as BRILLIANT!!!! as the idea of removing this feature from Windows 7. No, let me correct it. Removing the feature is ABSOLUTELY MORE BRILLIANT!!!!.

    Good Job.

    mercredi 23 mai 2012 14:00
  • I have some poor guy who can't get the files in my emails unless they are zipped with a password. This, of course, it because Windows is so easily corrupted. 

    Microsoft!!!! They never miss a chance to disappoint. Stick a fork in them, they're done.

    jeudi 21 juin 2012 02:40
  • Yes at every turn possible Microsoft will remove a feature that is used by many or move things around to make it hard to use or support.  My team is currently presenting alternatives to Office and Windows due to this ever changing crap software. Way to go Microsoft, Linux and Apple are about to make it easier to work at our company. ;-) 
    vendredi 30 novembre 2012 15:46
  • ya...it sure is great when you upgrade, you move backwards - Brilliant M$!
    • Modifié kelloggfan mercredi 9 janvier 2013 20:23
    mercredi 9 janvier 2013 20:23
  • 7-Zip is a free solution that I have used for years: http://www.7-zip.org/

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    mercredi 9 janvier 2013 21:09
  • Seriously? That's your friend's problem, not Microsoft's. Way to blame the first thing you can think of.
    vendredi 26 juillet 2013 00:28
  • Perfectly said.

    It's amazing how people will blame Microsoft for their inability to use a computer.

    jeudi 26 septembre 2013 03:39
  • Simple answer : Select the file > Right click > Send to 'compressed' folder

    Once compressed > open the Zip file > Click tool and >Encrypt  ... hope that what you after

    mercredi 30 octobre 2013 02:01
  • This is a MS problem.  I send out my personal info/financial info as a pdf zipped up and password protected, just so that it is not plain text passing the internet and in case I typo the email address.

    The feature was there, now, I can't find it.  This is the start button in Windows 8.  This is 5 free CALS on Server 2012.  This is making the oem sticker so small the you now need a magnifying glass to read the key.  And, to go against the advertising giant - - no, this is not my Windows.  I did not make this.  I wanted the password feature.  To call this a user issue, you are part of the problem, get out of the solutions area.

    mardi 19 novembre 2013 23:13
  • 7-zip

    Riddled with AD WARE - AVOID


    • Modifié Matt OD vendredi 17 janvier 2014 16:13
    vendredi 17 janvier 2014 16:12
  • Password protected zip files are extremely simple to crack - especially those that are created using XP mode/7-Zip.

    Sending something to someone outside your organization via e-mail is akin to mailing cash; it happens, but it's not secure, and document control is out the window. Assume nothing sent via e-mail is secure.

    EFS, or some file host-and-share like Egnyte (that has its own security flaws) or the like are the best-case solutions.

    mercredi 12 février 2014 17:11
  • 7-zip

    Riddled with AD WARE - AVOID

                                                                                       Matt OD Christie

    It is not riddled with adware if you download the file directly from http://www.7-zip.org/  You get the adware versions when you download it from other websites.  I have been downloading and using 7-Zip for many years and have not once had a version that included any adware.

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    mercredi 12 février 2014 17:45
  • I have used 7zip and it does password protect the zip file but the original files are still accessible

    If I delete the originals as per the instructions then all information is lost on the zip files also.

    What am I doing wrong

    lundi 17 février 2014 14:37
  • I too just now learned the hard way that Windows 7 cannot extract password-encrypted ZIP files I created with WinZip, when I sent one to a Windows 7 user.  So: WinZip can create and extract password-protected ZIP files, and it runs under Windows.  You can download it from http://www.winzip.com/

    vendredi 25 avril 2014 01:12