Password protect a folder in Windows 8

What is the recommended software to password protect a folder in Windows 8.1. I want to be able to see the folder but it has to be password protected.
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Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
Please follow the steps here.  This shows how to do what you are asking without buying any additional software or tools.

How to Create a Password Protected Folder without any Extra Software

You could also use BitLocker to secure your entire drive.

The BitLocker password on your computer will protect the entire thing.
Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
@Scott: you know that's a joke, right? Yes, it's the first result in Google search and probably the OP read it.

But if you read the bat file you'll see it only sets the folder as system and hidden. No protection whatsoever.
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kwhittemoreAuthor Commented:
Thanks ScottCha. I've seen this but wanted a 3rd party piece of software.This isn't for me but someone else. I want to see the folder but lock it so no one can open it.
kwhittemoreAuthor Commented:
I downloaded Protected Folder and like it but it actually hides the folder in its vault which I don't want.
Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
Ok.  Some people want to avoid 3rd part software if possible.

Here are some options for you...

Some are free and some are paid.

I've played with the first one and it seems to work pretty well.
Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
In Windows you can't really protect a folder unless you place it inside an encrypted container/vault.

Any other form of protection is just obfuscation and a user with administrative rights can see and modify files inside any folder.

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iwould zip it - with a password
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