How to password protect your files in Windows XP?

Recently I need to password protect files in my computer and I came across a file encryption software that is able to password protect my files in Windows XP. It’s a free file encryption software that is easy to use.

The name of this free file encryption software is AxCrypt. According to the website :-

AxCrypt File Encryption Software – Free Personal Privacy and Security for Windows 98/ME/NT/2K/XP/Vista with AES-128 File Encryption, Compression and transparent Decrypt and Open in the original application.

AxCrypt is the leading open source file encryption software for Windows. It integrates seamlessly with Windows to encrypt, decrypt, store, send and work with individual files.


Here are some of the features for this free encryption tool:-

  • Double-click to edit/view with any application.
  • Automatic re-encryption after modification.
  • Absolutely no user configuration necessary or possible before use.
  • Open source under GNU General Public License.
  • 7 languages in one executable distribution.
  • Extensive command-line interface for scripting and programming.
  • AES encryption with 128-bit keys.
  • Shredding of all temporary and encrypted plaintext files.
  • Relatively light-weight, less than 1Mb download

Below is the screen shot for this free file encryption software after integrate with window context menu :-
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AxCrypt Home Page
Click here to download AxCrypt

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3 Responses to “How to password protect your files in Windows XP?”

  1. chua says:

    i think window is going to build this too.
    as wat i know, windows like to copy others 😛

  2. folubawa says:

    I know OSX has a built-in app that does this (Disk Utility), does Windows by any chance have a built-in capability of such as well?

    Many thanks

  3. Adam says:

    Cool!! Needed this alot! Thank you so much

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