Simply I would like windows to ask for a password when ANYBODY opens up a "password protected folder" , nothing more. This is an epic fail for win7 to not have a native feature like this , ... workaround? -no freaking external programs -no encryption -not via policy settings (usless for network users) -the web is full of nooby-youtube videos and cheap 123 advert-sites which includes: external programs, zip arcihves, other useless stuff ... but there's some command prompt instructions which i didn't tried yet. The folder is shared on the network that's why is currently useless to use security policy. Unless you find a way to select other network users via security policy. I never found a way to link another PC with the user of another , the "locations" is always from local computer , that's stupid. There's also an option to "encrypt contents to secure data" ... that should automatically make a password protected , but it's totally useless , that's the password it takes from the user account passworld , plus , it's encrypting , it will take 22 hours to encrypt a 225 GB folder, which i need FAST accesss and not for archival.