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windows 7There are certain times where you need to protect your files, pictures, documents etc. from nosy users. In these cases, most of the times, the only solution you have got is to buy expensive applications to lock and protect your stuff. But, did you know that Windows has got a special command which turn a folder in a lock, a safe, a stronghold? And all this in right one click! Guaranteed!

  1. Right click on any blank space on your desktop.
  2. Click New.
  3. Click Folder.
  4. Name the folder safe.
  5. Open your Notepad, copy and paste this code into it:
    ren safe safe.{2559a1f2-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0} and save it with .bat extension. Ex. key.bat Save such a file on the desktop.
  6. Double click the key.bat and the folder and its content will be permanently locked!
  7. To unlock the folder, delete the content of the key.bat file and paste this other code:
    ren safe.{2559a1f2-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0} safe and click it.
  8. Done!

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19 Comments to “Turn a Folder to a Safe in One Click With a Hidden Windows Command!”

  1. Lee Says:

    Reference your article on turning a folder into a lock, a safe, or a stronghold, with one one click!

    Would it be possible to run the key.bat from a USB thumb drive?

  2. bOOster Says:

    In Win XP SP3 this method doesn’t work. It only change name and icon of the folder, that’s all. Folder and content is still deletable.

  3. Wow this is unsucure Says:

    So this has to be the weakest security method i’v ever seen. let me explain
    1. Simply remove the “.{2559a1f2-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}” from the folder name and presto the folder is unlocked
    2. Rename the folder when its locked and presto the data is back
    Not sure why anyone would want to use this

  4. Web Talk Says:

    You have to place the key.bat on the desktop (or in the same place where you place the folder called “lock”. After the folder is locked you can put the “key” somewhere else, for example in your USB dongle.
    Keep in mind that the unlocking and locking key have to placed on the same place where you folder is located…hope this makes sense.

    Make some tries by creating an empty folder and try to lock it and unlock it…that’s the best way to understand how it works…believe me, this hack is verym very simple to achieve!

  5. Jamie Says:

    Is this supposed to work for Vista?
    Sounds like it would serve the purpose I need it for, but I think your instructions are missing a step for the not-so-savvy users out there (Me, for instance) How do I apply the ‘lock’ to the
    “Safe” folder if saving the file to the desktop like suggested? Do I save the “key.bat” file in the “Safe” folder, too? Also, the “.bat” extension wasn’t an option but i named the file “key.bat”… Does that count?

    Thanks for all the great info and hopefully some feedback to my question

    (& Yes, I am blonde. But at least i’m trying to learn…)

  6. mark Says:

    well, since everybody knows this now – it’s no big deal to have two bat files with each code in it and just exhange the given folder name et voila, you can open anyones folder ……so no security at all – it’s a nice trick, though, but not secure..but you don’t claim that either, so one to the next article

  7. Matera the Mad Says:

    And what if I sneak in and boot your computer with my ever-present live Linux CD, whichever one, flavor of the day, and look into anything I want?

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