troubleshooting Question

blocking access to a folder on a win 10 pro desktop in a workgroup configuration

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On a win 10 pro system in a workgroup. 1 user that is set as a local admin. There's a folder of archived info that we're trying to slow down anyone that sits at the machine from being able to view.

I had this set up some time ago and it was working to keep people out.  That is, when someone at the machine woudl click on the folder, it would say

You don't currently have permission to access this folder.  Click continue to permanently get access to this folder.

Clicking continue would get a message about

You have been denied access to this folder.

I realize this is not the highest tech security. I needed to add files to the folder so I manually changed the permissions for that 1 user account and regained access. Before adding that user back in, the only accounts having permission was the system account that had full access.

Now I can't seem to recreate the proper settings where clicking "continue" to that screen about "click continue to permanently get access to this folder" fails.

2 things

I would like to at least know what is needed to re-establish the denied message when trying to get access by clicking continue.  Yes, I realize this is not the most secure way to do things.

Hence, the 2nd thing

What is the simplest way on a Win 10 Pro OEM install in a workgroup for encrypting and promting for a password to access a folder and its contents?

thank you
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