free way to lock your folders in windoze
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 17

Thread: free way to lock your folders in windoze

  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Posts
    27

    Exclamation free way to lock your folders in windoze

    i dont know if anyone has found this out or not but you can fool windows explorer(file manager) into thinking a legitimate folder has been "moved or removed". all you have to do is open a dos prompt and rename the folder to whatever name you want(doesn't matter can stay the same) except put an underscore in front. only dont use the underscore on your keyboard(shift+-) . use alt+255 (for the retards, the 255 is typed in on the little keypad to your right . instead of making an underscore it makes a space. this is what you want. hit enter and try to open it in windows explorer. nice way to hide special folders from roommates or siblings or parents or any nosey **** you dont want looking at your pr0n


    p.s. of course to access folder...just reverse the process.

    -bios
    all work and no play makes bios a dull boy

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Posts
    356
    2 things:
    1) alt+255 is not an underscore(AFAIK)
    2) this will not work on any current systems...just 95/(maybe)98. nothing newer.
    -8-

    There are 10 types of people in this world: those who understand binary, and those who dont.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Posts
    137
    8ball you are wrong. I just tried it on my system XP pro and it worked. He didn't explain it very clearly you type +_ not +- . Then you type the alt 255 which makes a space and renders the file hidden or somethin.....
    XPaCiScOoL

    [glowpurple]\"Your Smallest Flaw is my greatest Strength.\" - Me[/glowpurple]

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Posts
    356
    erm....i must be missing something here cause i have done this and had it work on old 95 boxes, but never any 98/2k/ME....and i just retried with my 2k box...nothin. can traverse and add/delete and everything....perhaps you could provide a better explination?
    the way i always used to do it was this:
    open a dos prompt. use the "md" command to make a directory and in the name use the alt+255 charecter somewhere in the dir name. this directory would then show an error whenever you tried to open it or delete it or anything, and you would have to open a dos prompt to change the name back so you could then access it again
    -8-

    There are 10 types of people in this world: those who understand binary, and those who dont.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Posts
    1,027
    Suprisingly enough it does seem to work even on NT based win kernels.. (ie: nt, w2k, xp)

    However the 255 IS NOT an underscore but rather a blank character like 8 ball said...

    Ammo

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Posts
    137
    hmm i just tried it again like 20 times and it didn't work.... Very Odd ......
    XPaCiScOoL

    [glowpurple]\"Your Smallest Flaw is my greatest Strength.\" - Me[/glowpurple]

  7. #7
    Banned
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Posts
    188
    alright people, it goes like this. in the dos promt, say you want to change the C:\windows\**** directory to be hidden, you type "rename C:\windows\**** *****" the asterick being holding down alt while typing 255 in the numberpad. notice right before the star there is a space.

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Posts
    458
    kind of a cool trick...

    But, why not just use file permissions if you have NT, 2000, or XP?

  9. #9
    Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Location
    Belgium
    Posts
    95

    Question

    It doesn't work on my Win2K box.
    I've tried every possible way, so I'm a bit confused about this.

    Grtz,

    sparkant.

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Posts
    218
    i remember this trick back in win 9x days as well, and forgot about it until now. i too just attempted to do it again on my win2k box at work and discovered that i can still enter the folder, add to it, etc. adding the 255 character did not make any difference. not through dos and not through the windows gui. it is still visible and can be altered. it seems to automaticly remove the 255 character. the only reasonable guess i can think of is if you have a different file system. i am currently using ntfs. perhaps this trick only works on fat or fat32. if anyone is using a version of the fats, post and let us know the results. same with those using ntfs. i would like to get to the bottom of this.

    \"Computer games don\'t affect kids; I mean if Pac-Man affected us as kids, we\'d all be running around in darkened rooms munching magic pills and listening to repetitive electronic music.\" Kristian Wilson, Nintendo, Inc. 1989

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

 Security News

     Patches

       Security Trends

         How-To

           Buying Guides