Folder to be password protected

My network is on a workgroup and everyone can access any computer which has share enabled. I would like to restrict the sharing of one of the folders such that only a particular user can access the folder. I would like to do this without using third party software.

The OS is windows XP
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Saqib Husain, SyedEngineerAsked:
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btdownloads7Commented:
You can't technically "password protect" a folder in Windows. What you can do (and pretty easily) is set permissions for that folder so that only a specific user (or users) have access to it. So, based on what credentials are used to access that folder, users will be either allowed or denied access to it.

Just right-click on that folder on the host machine, and click Properties, and once it opens, go to the Security tab. There, you basically want to add "Everyone" as a user, and deny access for them. And add any users (or groups) that do need to have access, and allow full access to those.
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
A quick note: for the "Security" tab to be accessible, you need to disable "Use simple file sharing" from Tools->Folder Options.

HTH,
Dan
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btdownloads7Commented:
@DanCraciun - Security tab is always available. It's the sharing permissions that you're referring to, and that's actually irrelevant. If folder permissions deny access to a user, that user won't be able to access that folder even if sharing permissions allow it to be shared.
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
@btdownloads7: actually, no, it is not always available. See screenshot.
Simple file sharing: on (left) and off (right)
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btdownloads7Commented:
@DanCraciun - your screenshot is from XP Home edition, but Pro edition has the security tab always showing up. (And, admittedly, I'm assuming that the original question refers to the Pro edition)
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
Please stop spreading misinformation. The screenshots are from XP Pro and that behavior is standard at least from XP SP2.
Windows version
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307874
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btdownloads7Commented:
Ok, I stand corrected
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rindiCommented:
To add something to the above, XP home only has "simple file-sharing", you can't turn it off there.

As XP support ends next June, you should nevertheless move to a more current OS as soon as possible, as after support ends the risk to security will increase every day.

Either upgrade to Windows 7, or if that is too expensive, move to a good Linux distro, like Zorin or Linux Mint.

http://distrowatch.com
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SandeepSr System AdministratorCommented:
All the machines which are in Workgroup are accessed via same User ID? Same Username on all the machine with same password?

To protect any particular folder, I would suggest you to create New User ID and on the shared folder only grant permission for that account. So when you are logged on with that particular account and try to access that share you will be easily able to access it. And all your existing user accounts you can either do not give any permission or add it into deny permissions for that folder. I would personally add only that user id who needs access for that folder in Security Permissions and also in Share Permissions. Remove Everyone from all the Security Tabs for that folder.
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