How to check RAM type (DDR, DDR2 or DDR3) in Windows? Well, we’ve come a long way, from command-based computers to having touch-interface enabled systems. The same goes for other supportive hardware on our systems as well.
Hardware pieces like the Graphic card, USB ports, or even the RAM have held the hand of evolution every step of the way. That’s what gave birth to DDR DDR2 and DDR3 types of RAM in the first place.
So before getting to the bottom of How to Detect the Type of RAM in a PC, let’s have a basic insight into what RAM types exactly exist on the planet.
What are DDR, DDR2 and DDR3 RAM Types?
DDR:- (Double Data RAM )
One of the earliest kinds of RAMs to see the light of day was the DDR RAMs. Considering we’re more friendly with the DDR3 generations these days, there isn’t a lot I can sing in praise of these ancient types.
They consumed a lot more power than the DDR2 RAMs, demanding a voltage of almost 2.5v compared to only 1.8v with the DDR2 RAMs.
They had the speed of around 200-800MHz and had 2-bits prefetch buffers, with a maximum reading latency of 3 clock cycles, compare that to the 9-clock cycle reading latency of the DDR2 RAMs and it won’t be hard to imagine why the DDRs went out of business.
DDR2:- (Double Data RAM 2)
The Internal clocks of the DDR2 RAMs run at half the speed of the data bus, meaning it has twice the speed of the original DDR RAMs, the improved bus signal helps us achieve that.
Also, these have a theoretical typical latency of around 5 compared to only 3 of the DDR RAMs. But obviously that’s lower than the typical latency of the DDR3 RAMs.
Although the number of pins both for the DDR2 and DDR3 RAMs is the same, that’s 240!
DDR3:- (Double Data RAM 3)
The primary benefit it offers us is lower power consumption (lowest in comparison to the other two types), as much as 40% lower! Also, it’s comparatively faster, with the bus clock running at 533-800 Mhz and with data rates between 1066-1600MT/s!
There are a bunch of other technical terms, but in the simplest possible words, all I can say is, DDR3 is the fastest RAM type available today.
Worry not we will be getting down to How to check RAM speed, but before that let’s spend just a couple more minutes understanding the difference between DDR3 and DDR2 RAM types.
Primary Difference Between DDR3 and DDR2 RAM Types:-
- The Prefetch buffer for DDR3 RAM types is the 8-bit deep buffer while the DDR2 operates on a 4-bit prefetch buffer.
- The data transfer rate with DDR 3 RAMs is an impressive 800-1600MHz while that with the DDR2 RAM types is only around 400-800MHz
- The DDR2 RAMs use a 200-400MHz I/O clock for data transfer, while the DDR3 RAMs make use of the more effective, 100-200mHz I/O clocks.
- As mentioned earlier, the power consumption with DDR3 RAMs is considerably lower compared to DDR2 RAMs, as much as 40% lower to be specific, and this comes in handy and as a great marketing-edge when it comes to power specific devices like Laptops.
- If you’re a gaming geek you might be familiar with the different types of Graphic Cards. Well, DDR3 RAMs are preferable while processing graphics because those cards need faster frame-rates which isn’t the case with DDR2 RAMs.
Not all the “grass is greener on the other side”, and the same applies to the different types of RAMs as well.
- DDR3 RAMs are a tad bit more expensive compared to DDR2 RAMs. (It isn’t exactly a negative factor, but it counts!)
- The CAS Latency for DDR3 RAMs is higher compared to DDR2 RAMs.
How to check RAM type (DDR, DDR2 or DDR3) in Windows?
So finally we’re down to the section you’ve been waiting for. In this final section of this article, I’ll be explaining how to check RAM type in windows 7, (the process is more or less similar to every other Windows Operating system.) plain and simple.
Unfortunately, there’s no in-built option or tool which tells you the RAM type on Windows, so you’ll need the help of third-party software like CPU-Z. (It’s a lightweight program, less than 1MB in size, and is free!)
Go to the link above, choose your operating system and click on download.
Once you’ve downloaded it, install it like any other Windows program.
After it’s successfully installed, just run it from its desktop icon or the start menu.
And then click on “Memory”. It will get you all the details you need to unveil regarding your RAM.
In fact, apart from the RAM type, it gets you other advanced details as well including:-
- CAS Latency
- RAS Delay
- Cycle Time etc.
And just in case you might want to peep through the other options on the screen, feel free to do so.
In fact, if you click on the CPU option, it gets you a plethora of information which includes Bus type, technology, code name, Clock data, core data and what not!
Other tabs like the MainBoard can be used to access information related to the Motherboard of your system.
And the best part is, there’s even a “Bench” tab, which lets you benchmark your system, either individually as a single-thread or as a multi-thread machine.
So that was all I had on How to check RAM type (DDR, DDR2 or DDR3) in Windows folks. I hope this piece helped, in fact, I tried my best to make sure you get not only the RAM types but also other information that you might need at a later time.
You can use CPU-Z to access just about any other kind of CPU information related to your system. And it’s not an “authoritative” tool, rather a reflective one, so feel free to play around because there’s not a lot you can mess up with this one.
If you’ve got other tools or methods to uncover your RAM type on Windows, make use of the comment box and let us know.
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Disclaimer:- This website or the author are in no way affiliated or sponsored with CPU-Z, it’s just one of the many options/tools/software you can use to get your RAM types, CPU-Z was used only because of its legitimacy, simplicity and because it’s a freeware.
How to Resize an Image Without Losing Quality?
Have you ever clicked a picture with a high-definition camera, tried to enlarge it, and suddenly it starts to look as if it’s a picture clicked with a cell phone from the 2000s?
Or maybe you uploaded your picture to your blog or WordPress, and again as you try to enlarge it, it becomes all grainy and messed up?
That’s the one problem we would be solving throughout this piece. Because the loss of quality in pictures when they’re enlarged is an age-old, universal problem.
Before explaining to you how to resize an Image let me shed some light on “why” the loss in quality happens in the first place. Also, take a look at converting PNG to JPG without loosing quality.
Why do Pictures Lose Quality when Enlarged?
There are a number of explanations for this with a lot of complicated terms and definitions, but let me make it simple for you.
Consider your screen to be a balloon. Now throw some paint on it, and then stretch the balloon. As you know the amount of color you threw on the balloon is limited, and every pigment of color landed at any specified point on the balloon.
Now when you stretch it, the same amount of color has to cover more area due to the stretching, so obviously the color density becomes lower, won’t it?
That’s the exact same thing with pictures on a screen. They’re comprised of “pixels”, each pixel has a specified area to cover on the screen, so when you enlarge an image, they get stretched to more area than they were actually meant to cover, and hence the color density gets lower and the image blurs.
How to Resize an Image Without Losing Quality:-
So what’s the solution? The one thing I love about the digital industry is, there never is a problem without a solution. And I mean this for every problem out there, so obviously one exists for our picture resize problem as well.
Solution 1:- Fractal Interpolation is what will help us achieve what we’re trying to achieve. It’s the technique of compensating for every pixel you enlarge, and matching the properties of that pixel to the nearest pixel.
Solution 2:- Resampling is a method where your size is changed but not by interpolation, instead the number of pixels in the image are increased or decreased as required to keep the quality loss at a minimum.
If you aren’t familiar with Graphic designing or Adobe Photoshop, then don’t stress over the terms, let me just give you a solution to the problem directly.
GIMP is a free tool that resembles the basic properties of Adobe Photoshop. And it does have an in-built tech to help you resize an image without loosing quality.
Open the image you’re trying to enlarge with Gimp. (You can drag and drop the image directly to Gimp or use the File>Open option.)
Click on “Image” > Scale Image.
Specify the dimensions you want.
And in the “quality Interpolation” section, choose “Sinc LancZos3″ and click on scale.
Done! The quality interpolation you chose did the rest of the job, so your picture should now be resized without a significant loss in quality.
How to Resize an Image in Paint Tool:-
Paint is another easier and faster way to resize an image and it’s my personal faviorate for the reason that it’s much faster compared to Adobe Photoshop or Gimp if I’m resizing a lot of images. Also, it’s available by default on Microsoft Windows.
Note:- Paint doesn’t resize your images without loosing quality, so there will be a quality loss, I’m scribbling this section here keeping just the “how to resize an image” part in mind, and not the “quality loss”.
Open the picture you’re trying to resize with paint and click on Resize button at the menu-bar.
Now click on “pixels” if you know the exact dimensions you want for your picture, specify the dimensions and click OK.
Or, if you’re not sure of the dimensions but instead are more comfortable using a ratio/percentage compared to the current image, click on the percentage radio-button and specify your needs.
Done! So if you’ve ever wondered how to resize an image in Paint, that’s how easy it is. It’s basically a three-click step. Resize > Percentage/Pixels> Specify needs > OK.
Yet another simple, light-weight program which calls itself Irfanview comes to your rescue when you’re trying to resize an image without loosing quality, and it uses a slightly different process compared to Gimp, as it doesn’t only Interpolation, but Re-sampling as well.
Just open the image you’re trying to resize using IrfanView, and click on Image>Resize
And then just specify your size > select “Sharpen after Resample > and in the Size method choose “Lanczos”.
Talking about images and quality loss, I can’t afford to miss out vector images out of the discussion. I’ll keep it short.
Vector images are images which aren’t made up of “pixels”, instead they’re made out of polygons with specific connection points.
Meaning you can zoom in on a vector image all you want, but there won’t be any pixelation or “blur” effect, instead, the image looks just as sharp as with the general view.
So in short, Vector images don’t lose quality when enlarged or resized!
You can also use Photoshop to compress the photos without loosing quality. Here is how to Photoshop pictures.
Wrapping it Up:-
Let me tell you, all the above methods (except paint) help you resize an image without loosing quality, but all of those methods don’t eliminate the quality loss totally. Along with photos, you can also compress large video files without losing quality.
Doesn’t matter if you’re using Gimp, IrfanView, or Adobe Photoshop itself, there almost always will be a quality loss (unless you’ve got NSA grade tech), what can be changed and controlled is the amount of quality loss that happens.
The methods I’ve discussed guarantee the minimum quality loss that’s possible, at this price-range(they were FREE!). Although if you’re looking for a better solution, there are quite a number of premium/paid plugins and tools out there.
So that was all I had on how to resize an image without losing quality folks. Hope it solved your queries.
Anyway do let me know your experience on this piece and also if you’ve got any other solutions to counter the image resize problem without losing quality, and I’ll love to include it here if they’re really as good as you claim them to be.
How to Use iMessage on a Windows PC?
How to get iMessage for Windows? That’s the question that’s bothering you is it not? Well, it won’t anymore, because by the end of this article you’ll have a definite solution to the problem, and it’s absolutely free.
Now messaging was always “easy”, be it SMS, Whatsapp or now iMessage, the only thing that keeps on changing is the simplicity. Considering the growth this industry is taking to, how could Apple not develop it’s own messaging platform, so they did.
of course, I’ll be showing you how to get iMessage on PC, but before that let’s get into some basics.
What is iMessage:-
As the “i” in the name might have already suggested, it’s an Apple product. And the Message part is clear enough, it lets you message your pals. End of story.
It’s basically just Apple’s version of WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger, of course with quite a number of different features, but the basic goal and functionality remain the same, letting you message with your buddies.
Basic features you get with iMessage:-
- Free Text Messages:- That’s the whole point, right? To let you send free messages.
- Unlimited:- No limit on how many texts you can send.
- Delivery Reports:- I’d say there’s nothing unique here, you get these with Facebook’s messenger as well as Whatsapp.
- Group Texts:- Again a basic feature, you can group-text your buddies at the same time.
- Media:- You do get to send photos and videos too.
So you might be asking, what’s the difference between iMessage and SMS, well the very basic difference is that it uses your mobile data or wifi to send and receive messages and not the account balance.
And secondly, the messages sent over iMessage are encrypted while the SMS/MMS we generally send over SMS aren’t as secure.
Now Apple has always been about class and exclusiveness, right? So I thought to bridge the gap, why shouldn’t we get iMessage for Windows, huh?
How to Get iMessage For Windows?
Apple hasn’t released an official version of iMessage for Windows, and it probably never will. But there are always tweaks and tips you can follow and get iMessage for Windows.
Also know this, using iMessage on Windows isn’t illegal (It’s not ethical maybe, but definitely not illegal). So feel free to continue.
In order to use iMessage for Windows, you’d need a third-party iOS emulator for your Windows PC. So go on and download iPedian.
What’s an Emulator?
An Emulator is a third-party software, iPedian in our case which creates the virtual environment of a second operating system on your native system, that enables us to run any application built for this second operating system because technically it does run in the system it’s built for.
That’s the reason it’s not illegal. Because once you download iPedian, you’d get the virtual environment of iOS on your Windows system, so you’re actually running iMessage on iOS and not windows hence no crime committed.
Basic Question:- Will you lose your Windows Installation once you install iPedian?
Nope, you won’t. It’s just a windows simulator for iOS. Meaning your system would start to look and feel like a Mac but it won’t actually delete or change your operating system. The basic functions would still remain the same. It’s like installing a new theme for your android devices.
So once you’ve download iPedian, install it. (it’s simple, just like installing any other Windows software or game.)
Once that’s done, you’ll get a search bar just run the app and search for iMessage in the search bar.
Once you find the app just download it as a normal application. What’s happening is iMessage things it’s on a native iOS device and not on a windows device so it won’t give you any problems.
So once you’ve downloaded it, you’ll get the icon on your desktop (which now looks like MAC!) Just click on it to run it.
Done!~ Here’s an outline of the process on how to get iMessage for Windows.
Download iPedian > Search for iMessage > Download & Install.
Location Sharing with iMessage:-
The one feature I absolutely love about iMessage is “location sharing”. Basically, if you’re holding a party somewhere, it’s so 1960 to text every friend the address manually, is it not?
That’s where iMessage gives you an edge. You can directly share your location with your friends without typing a single word. So you just reach where you have to, and then share your location with your friends and they’ll know exactly where to be.
See? You can share it indefinitely with them, meaning they can keep tracking your current location as long as you want, just like it happens in hacker movies, just without the hacking part!
So that was all I had folks on How to Use iMessage on a Windows PC. I’m sure this piece should’ve helped you out with the problem. Do let me know if you’re facing any problem with iPedian or the installation in the comment box.
Also do let me know if you’ve other solutions to the problem, if they’re simpler than this I’d love to update this article. And well you can also use iPedian to download and use any other iOS app on your Windows PC using the same procedure. As long as you’ve iPedian, you can turn your normal laptop into a full-fledged MAC, which I’d say is a good enough solution.
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How to Check Laptop or PC Specs?
We all spend thousands of dollars on getting the “right” computer for us, don’t we? Some of us need it for Gaming, some of us need it specifically for office use, while others for working with Graphics and video editing and so on.
So that’s what this article is about, we will deal with How to check laptop or PC specs? With all the modern models coming every day on top of each other, it’s pretty hard deciding which one to go with because of course all of them claim to be the best.
But once you know your specific PC specs, you’d know what you have (or don’t have), and you can upgrade accordingly, right?
Of course, I’ll be answering how to check laptop or PC specs, but I’ve always felt it’s better to understand the “why” before the how. Meaning, let’s first deal with “why” you’d want to learn how to find computer specs in the first place.
Why Check Laptop or PC Specs?
So there might be a hundred different other reasons why you might want to check your Laptop or PC specs, the most common reasons being:-
- To analyze your current system, so that you know what other upgrades you need for better performance.
- Your system might be slow, and you’re looking for the exact hardware to replace. Meaning, just because your system is slow doesn’t mean it’s always a RAM error, maybe your mother-board is too used up and you might be thinking how to check what motherboard I have? Or maybe your Hard-disk isn’t sufficient and so on.
- Running Games:- Well this one is my personal favorite. Before I buy any game, I go online and check it’s minimum requirements, and once I get a hold of the requirements, I’d need to know what are my computer specs and to know that, I’d need to learn How to view laptop or PC specs to assess if my system will be able to run the game or not, right?
How to Check Laptop or PC Specs?
So finally we’re down to the section you’ve been waiting for, let’s have a look at How to view laptop or PC specs.
Well, on most laptops, you might have stickers on the side of the battery which tells you your PC specs. (Unless you’ve already peeled it off).
So let’s go with a more “stable” solution for how to check your computer specs.
How to Check Laptop or PC Specs:- Memory, Processor and Operating System
Right-click on My Computer, and click on Properties.
Clicking on it will directly bring up your system properties. Here’s mine:-
Let me explain the metrics to you:-
- 1. Rating:- The Rating is the overall rating of your system out of 5. Mine if 4.5 so I’d say it’s one of the best specs you can get for a general laptop at my price-range (mine cost just 19,000INR / Around $300) As long as it’s above 4, you can be happy.
- 2. Processor:- If you’re checking out your specs for gaming purposes, this is the most important metric for you. Games have very strict processor requirements. 2.40 GHz is the CPU speed. The GHz controls the copy-pasting speed, file opening speed and stuff like that. My system is 8 years old, but today you’d get 3-3.5ghz CPUs easily.
- 3. Installed Memory:- This answers your question “How to identify RAM”. Because the memory shows you exactly how much of RAM your system got. In today’s market, 6-8GB is a general preference.
- 4. System type:- Well you probably already know that Windows has 32 as well as 64-bit versions right? They both have their own pro’s and con’s, for eg. on the 32 bit you can only have a max RAM of 4Gbs. But anyway this gives you your Windows bit.
#Method 2 to Check Laptop or PC Specs:-
This is method is comparatively simpler than the above one.
Just click on your Start button, and type “system information”.
Select the system information option at the top, and you’ll get a list that has almost every single bit of information that exists on your system.
It shows you your RAM, PC Model, Manufacturer, Windows-bit and everything else! In fact, if you look closely you’ll notice that it gives you more information about your processor than the above system properties screen.
How to Check which Graphic Card You Have?
I’m making this section separately because the system properties don’t list your “Graphics card specs” on the page.
Again go to My Computer > properties. And then click on “device manager”.
You should see “display adapters” just click on it and it would show you the graphic card your system owns.
How to Check your MotherBoard Make and Model:-
Well, the Motherboard is one of the foundations of your whole system. You might want to know this because just because you bought an 8 GB DDR3 ram doesn’t necessarily mean your motherboard will support it, the same goes for Graphic Cards or pretty much any other hardware.
So well, of course, you need to know which Motherboard you own and then upgrade it accordingly, right?
In order to check your Motherboard details, go to the start menu, in the search box type “cmd”.
This would bring up the command prompt. Type / Copy the following string exactly as it is there and then hit enter:-
wmic baseboard get product, Manufacturer, version, serial number
As you can see it’s a basic string to get the Product Manufacturer, version and serial number. Once you hit enter, you’d get all the details.
You’d get the version, model and every other detail that you need. Then you can just Google those details out to find what’s the maximum RAM or graphic card they support!
So that was all I had on How to check Laptop or PC specs folks. Hope this piece helped. If it did, I’d appreciate you leaving your feedback in the comments section.
Also if you’ve got a question or doubt, I’d be more than happy to get you your answers as soon as time allows me. Of course, I wouldn’t mind if you decide to extend a helping hand by sharing this article on your Social media, which keeps the lights on for us to keep going over here.
How to Hide Files and Folders on Every Operating System?
I loved those days when knowing answers to questions like How to Hide Files and Folders on Every Operating System made me feel like a pro hacker, although that’s not the case anymore.
Just about anyone with a working computer system can find his way around answers to questions like How to Make an Invisible File, and How to Make an Invisible Folder.
And trust me some of the methods in this article were actually “discovered” by me back when I was around 12. Of course, others might have known about them already, but I didn’t and I came across those methods just because I was desperate enough.
But before getting into the details of How to Make an Invisible File on Your Desktop, let me get into some of the basics.
Let me tell you, you don’t need to download any software, neither paid not free, all the methods I’m discussing are pretty straight-forward and are almost the official features of Windows (they were intended for different purposes, but we will be using them to our advantages!)
How Far “Hidden” will These Methods Be:-
So okay you might be wondering how good will these file hiding methods be.
Let me tell you, Windows has an official “hiding” option, which isn’t really hidden anymore so although I’d be discussing it, I’d say it’s 2/10 on a rating scale.
Although the other methods I’d be discussing are almost like password protecting the files and folders, just without using any software or code or anything, so let’s scale them 5/10.
And then there’s one final method which literally is a “password protect” method, so considering it’s a real password that method goes for around 8/10 (because it still can be cracked with Brute force or good-guessing!)
But well considering you don’t work for the FBI or the NSA, you don’t need 10/10 methods either, so yeah these methods will do for you.
How to Hide Files and Folders on Every Operating System:-
Method #1 to Hide Files and Folders:-
Select the file you want to hide, and right-click on it, then select Properties.
Now click on the “hidden” checkbox, and click on OK.
Done! The file is now hidden.
Now this is the first method I was talking about, and it’s not exactly a secret anymore as it exists from the days of Windows XP so every guy knows about it, so it’s the least secure way to hide files and folders, but it’s still away.
Method #2 to Hide Files and Folders:-
These are the methods I said I discovered myself (and later found out on the internet that the world already knew about them, my bad!)
This method comes in handy if you’re trying to hide a “file” and not a folder. I mean something that has an extension, like album.jpg document.dox notepad.txt etc.
So okay select the file you want to hide> Right-click > Rename.
Now check out the extension of the file, whatever it is, change it to something else. Some common extensions you can mixup are:-
So you can change your files’ extension to any other extension from the above list (or even any other extension types you know!)
For eg., if I want to hide password.txt file, I can rename it to myphoto.jpg (I’ve renamed the name to make it look less suspicious)
And when a box like the following comes up, just click on OK.
So what you did is, you made a notepad file look like a photo. First of all, a photo is not something as interesting as a “password” file. And secondly, it’s originally a notepad file, while I used a photo extension (.jpg), so it partially corrupts the file and it won’t open.
Additional Security:- Now if you want to make it totally “hidden”, I’d suggest placing it with other filetypes of the same type.
Meaning I’d place this photo (really the password file) with some of my other photos. So anyone looking in the folder will think it’s just another photo file that was corrupted for some reason among other photos.
How to Get the File Back:-
Just rename it back to the original extension. The “name” doesn’t matter. Meaning if originally your file was “passwords.txt”, even renaming it back to “I want my file back.txt” will work, just keep the extension same.
Method #3 to Hide Files and Folders:-
This one consists of “password protection” but I’d still scale it below the above method when it comes to security, because of passwords? If you ask me, I’d say they’re the least secure part of your digital life.
So anyway, this comes in handy in almost all the situations, if you’re trying to hide a single file, or if you’re trying to hide more than one file, or if you’re trying to hide folders well it covers everything.
Just select the File / Files / Folders you want to hide, and right-click > Add to Archive.
Now go to the “advanced” tab and click on “Set Password”. Where a new pop-up box would come up, and you just enter your desired password in the box and click ok.
Done! This will compress all your files and folders into one single file (if you’ve more than one file you’re trying to hide!) and password-protect them.
So next time anyone tried to decompress the archive, they’ll be asked for the password.
So that was all I had on How to Hide Files and Folders on Every Operating System guys. Although let me tell you there’s one more method How to create blank folder names in Windows but for some reason, it stopped working with the new windows releases so I omitted it from this article.
But anyway I’m pretty sure the methods I’ve discussed will help you out with hiding your files and folders good enough.
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How To Password Protect Any Windows Program?
How To Password Protect Any Windows Program? That’s your problem? Well, it gets solved right here and right now. That’s what this article is about but that’s probably already clear is it not?
Now it’s easy hiding files and folders on windows, but when it comes to how to set a password for Program (Application) in Windows that gets a bit complicated doesn’t it?
I mean you don’t have to “hide” it, you’ve to password protect it. And then it’s not a file or a folder, it’s an executable, an application, a software. So well yeah I do agree it sounds a bit complicated, but it’s not.
I’ll just go with some of the traditional methods to password protect any Windows program without any software first, and then I’ll list a couple of third-party freeware (free software) too if you don’t want to do it manually.
Well before getting into all those technicalities, let’s get into some basics.
What is the Difference Between Password Protecting and Hiding a Program?
Password Protecting an application and hiding it is basically meant to the same end, keeping the application safe and restricted to unwanted access.
But there’s this difference between password protecting and hiding the applications. When we hide them, others don’t know they exist so they don’t try to access them. But when we password protects it, it’s not always necessary that they’re also hidden (although that’s an option).
Hiding is a basic level of security, which if bypassed reveals the files and folders. While Password protecting isn’t as easy to bypass, because even if the programs are already revealed, cracking a password isn’t that easy.
So okay let’s get down to business.
How To Password Protect a Folder in Windows:-
Now there are numerous ways to go about it. Let’s start with the one that’s the simplest.
Steps:- I’m listing this as the simplest method because you don’t need any other third-party software to do it apart from Winrar. (Which 99.99% of Windows operating systems already have!)
So Right-click on the folder you want to password protect, and click on “Add to Archive“.
Now click on the Advanced button and click on “Set Password“.
A popup would come up asking you for the password you want to set for it. Just set the password and click on Ok.
Done! Now whenever someone tries to extract the file, they’d be prompted to enter the password for the file.
Simple enough isn’t it? Well, this is the fastest and simplest method to Password Protect a Folder in Windows.
How To Password Protect Any Windows Program:-
Now that we’ve password protected a folder, let’s get down to password protecting the Windows Programs.
Again, I’d say Winrar can be our simplest solution.
Well to access any application on Windows, we need to double click on the “executable” or .exe file of that application, right? So it’s basic knowledge that password protecting that .exe file would password protect the whole application.
So the simplest solution to Password Protect Any Windows Program is:-
Copy the executable file of the application you’re trying to password protect to a new folder.
See? The .exe file is now in a folder. And delete the original .exe file from the desktop or any other place it might exist. That way, the only copy of the .exe file of the application that exists on your computer would be this file in your folder which you just copied.
Once that’s done, just proceed with the same steps as mentioned in the above section. Right Click > Add to Archive > Advanced > Set Password
Now I do agree the above method was just a “solution”, the simplest one probably but not a very professional method to achieve the goals. If you’re looking for more professional methods, continue reading.
Method #2 to Password Protect Any Windows Program:-
You need to download WinGuardPro. It’s a free application that supports Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and even Windows 10. So you can also use this as an answer to questions like How to lock specific apps in window 10.
Now It’s only around 3mbs, so yeah it’s light. Once you’ve downloaded it, install it and run it. It’ll ask you to set up a new password for the application, so set your password.
Once you’re done, run the program you want to lock. Meaning double click on the application so that it’s running on your system. And then click on the “Lock program” button inside WinGuard Pro.
Now it will show you all the running programs on your system. Just select the program you want to lock, and click on Lock.
Done! The program would be locked. Now every time someone tries to access that application, he would be asked for the password you set with the application.
Also, the added bonus is, WinGuardPro doesn’t just lock any specific .exe file copies, it locks the whole code. Meaning even if there’s a copy of the .exe file somewhere else on the computer other than the one you locked, still it won’t be accessible without the password.
So that was all I had on How To Password Protect Any Windows Program guys. I hope this piece helped if it did I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments section.
Also, do let me know if you’re facing an issue, and if everything worked as planned, I wouldn’t mind you guys hitting the share button and spreading the word around.
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