How to hide folder in windows XP without using folder guard

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  1. sridatta

    sridatta An Esoteric Geek

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    frenz...

    I want to hide my personal folder from being visible to others even if they enable the option "view hidden folders" under folder options..

    please suggest doing that directly without any software because i m vexed using those trial versions..

    Thanx
     
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    oops... the files that are encrypted with this software can be easily deleted permanently..
    Actually my aim is to protect the folder from being visible to my friends.. and more over, they should not know that i m hiding something.. plzz suggest more tweaks
     
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    create a new account in windows xp

    or

    keep ur folder here (C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache), i think ur friends will not search here lol. also try changing extension of ur file so they cant find it.
     
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    What I did in my computer:

    1.) Hide the file/folder, which u want to protect from others.
    2.) Disable "Folder Options" from Tools menu using either registry or gpedit.msc, so that no one can enable "Show Hidden file/folders" option.
    3.) Also disable regedit.exe from gpedit.msc, so that a smart user can't enable "show hidden files/folders" from registry ;)
    4.) And at last rename "gpedit.msc" to something else, like "regedit.msc" so that no one can enable again regedit.exe using gpedit.msc :D
     
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    @Vishal Gupta
    here is a simple fact.
    even if u have hidden those files in windows just open nero nd click add button nd in the brouse window u can see all those hidden files. Just burn an image in HDD itself nd u get access to those files. Or just burn the entire folder to a DVD nd put it on another PC nd eneble show hidden files nd u can see.
     
  7. Vishal Gupta

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    There is also a solution for it, which I use: :D

    Open regedit and goto:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ahead\Nero - Burning Rom\Browser

    And in right-side pane, create new DWORD value ShowHiddenAndSystemFiles and set its value to 0 :)
     
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    Thats pretty cooooool... vishal

    But, i use that folder too often.. its all tedious to me to do so many things to hide.. :(

    I m sure u 'll find an easier solution soon :)

    Is there any registry key to add so that the hidden folders are not visible in windows xp?
     
  9. Vishal Gupta

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    arey!

    After doing all these stuffs, u can access the file/folder by just typing its name in the address bar :)

    Like u hv hidden a folder named setup in D:\ drive, then to access the folder, simply open My computer and then open D: drive and type Setup in the address bar. Now u can do what u want in the folder. :D

    PS: The registry key which set the option, whether the HIDDEN files/folders should be displayed or not is:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

    In right-side pane, the DWORD value Hidden. If its value is 2, then Hidden files/folders will not be shown and if its value is 1, then they will be shown. :)
     
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    ye.. thanks a lot... I always get my problem solved only through ur posts :D
     
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    Thats the reason his tutorial appeared in this months Digit. :D
     
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    u can also try fake folder.Simple to use nd probably no easy way to bypass it.But a simple reinstall of the app would reset the pass.
     
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    better hide ur folder in seprate hdd re...
     
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    Is it ??

    Vishal.. Congrats..!!

    I m sorry.. My college library do not subscribe digit.. so couldnot see.. i hope i get it somehow....

    by the way.. which tutorial..? plz paste the link of that thread..
     
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    @vishal
    very nice info there mate
    why dont u compile a e-book on registry hacks and tweaks and release it under GPL?
     
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    thhhhhhhaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnnxxxxxxxxxxxx a lot
     
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    Zip your folders using Win Rar and edit the file name. Remove the .rar ext. and add some thing other which can do a different thing such as .dat or .mov, or any other un-familier ext.
     
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    max_demon IM AS MAD AS HELL!!

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    yes I tried all your suggestions but my brother is smart he opens the file b'cause he also reads digit
     
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    Thanks vishal
    Cn u post the link to the thread of vishal gupta's tutorial published in the magzine.
     
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    why not you just use rename folder to blank and then hide it
     
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