George, I'm a little confused as to how you are password protecting files with Windows XP. I can understand how you do it if you are within software like Word or Excel. There you certainly can set passwords to restrict access to the document. In Windows XP you only have file level security if you are using the NTFS file system. The security is that you grant permission's to users and/or groups. One can give varied access to different people. You might grant full access to some and read rights to others etc. Those you grant full access to can delete and edit the file and those you grant read access to can only read the file. I know of no other way to have file level security in Windows XP. As for the compressed folders, I think (not positive) that the compressed folders are simply Microsoft's version of Winzip. If you compress with a password you could email that to someone with Winzip and they could only open the file if they have the password. But without file level security, that zip file could be deleted by anyone with access to the system. Spider -----Original Message----- From: 24hoursupport-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:24hoursupport-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Ron Allen Sent: Sunday, May 18, 2003 11:22 AM To: George Cham Subject: [24hoursupport] Re: Protecting compressed file with a Password WinXP Hello George, I'm sorry, I don't have time to research or test this just now, but I'm pretty certain that it has to do with the permissions. In Windows XP, if you have it set up right, what you have access to depends entirely on your account. An Admin has access to everything, user accounts have limited access but always have access to their own files. I suspect that if you create and password protect the file, and then switch to a different user account, you would need the password to open it. If I'm wrong, I hope someone else here can explain it to both of us :) Ron Saturday, May 17, 2003, 8:23:23 PM, you wrote: GC> I've just discovered that I can create a zip file using winXp GC> Compression future. I also now how to protect my files with a GC> password. What I don't understand is. GC> If I add a password to a compressed zip file, Anyone can open it, And anyone GC> can deled the folder or files. For a web-based membership management utility and information on list policies, please see http://nibec.com/24hoursupport/ To unsubscribe, send a blank email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with "unsubscribe" (without quotes) in the subject.