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Old 08-01-2015, 04:02 PM
 
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How do you set a computer password on windows seven so that others can not access your computer files?
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Old 08-02-2015, 05:19 AM
 
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Protect your computer with a password - Windows Help

Use the workgroup option.
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Old 08-02-2015, 11:15 AM
 
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How do you set a computer password on windows seven so that others can not access your computer files?
The answer really depends on what you are trying to prevent. Setting a password for user accounts in Windows will prevent Jr. from accidentally deleting your files. It only works if Windows loads.

One can use what is called a live Linux CD and boot from that, Windows never loads and there is the files to browse. To prevent this you can set a password in the BIOS, you enter this at the boot screen. It will usually tell you what key to hit for a very short time before windows start loading to get into the BIOS so you can set the password.

This is not difficult to bypass either, there is a small battery on the motherboard and removing it will reset the password on most machines.This would be detectable obviously. Someone could also just remove the drive and plug it into another machine, that's undetectable.

Ultimately if you want to secure files you need to use encryption, doesn't matter if they can access them because without the password it's just a bunch junk.

  • This is built into Windows 7 Ultimate & Enterprise and will encrypt the whole disk, Google bitlocker for more information.
  • Otherwise you would need some other program like truecrypt.
  • If you just need to encrypt a few files you can use the password/encryption available in zip files with a program like 7-zip

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Old 08-07-2015, 07:02 PM
 
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I usually go with one of the following options for a personal computer:

- Use an encrypted external drive/flash drive (ie. Imation Secure+)

or

Install a program that requires you to log in to its own interface to allow access to whatever you saved in that encrypted partition the application typically creates. A good example is a free app I use called SafeHouse
Select the second one from the top (see attached image SafeHouse.png)

This program can be installed locally but you can create the encrypted partition anywhere including the removable drives.
You get a shortcut to the program once you double-click on the desktop shortcut it launches the login window. Once you enter the password you picked, it makes the encrypted visible and accessible in Windows Explorer (see attached image SafeHouse 2.png).

So, the program a folder on C drive called SafeHouse, based on my configuration. It is a 35GB hidden partition. If you browse to it without logging on first, it shows a file called "SafeHouse.sdsk" in C:\SafeHouse folder with a size of 35 GB.
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Old 08-08-2015, 09:11 PM
 
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How do you set a computer password on windows seven so that others can not access your computer files?
It doesn't work that way.

We need to understand user accounts and permissions along with having a NTFS hard drive to prevent another user from seeing your files. Files taken off the pc are excluded (use encryption in that case).
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Old 08-17-2015, 11:31 AM
 
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You could use Windows built-in file encryption feature.
It's something you can enable per file or per folder, by right-clicking on it.

What it does is encrypts the files with your user password, and this is a pretty good protection (not from NSA maybe, but yes from your garden variety thieves).
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