XP Pro: Prevent Others from Accessing Your Files

Posted September 6, 2005 by MickeyMouse in Windows

This tutorial describes how to use Windows XP Pro’s Encrypting File System (EFS) feature in order to keep other users from reading your files.


We all have a few files on our systems that we do not want anyone else to be able to access. Fortunately, XP Pro has an encryption service that you can use to keep these files out of public view.

Use the following steps to encrypt a file using XP Pro’s EFS:

    1. Right-click on the file that you want to encrypt.
    2. Click Properties.
    3. Select the General tab.
    4. Click Advanced.
    5. Under Compress or Encrypt attributes pick the Encrypt contents to secure data check box.
    6. Click OK.
    7. If the file is located in an unencrypted folder, you will receive a dialog box giving you an option to encrypt the entire folder that contains the file.

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