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Microsoft Private Folder 1.0

July 6th, 2006 by Patrick S

Microsoft have released Private Folder 1.0, which lets you have a folder called ‘My Private Folder’ which you can password protect.pvtfolder
Microsoft Private Folder 1.0 is a useful tool for you to protect your private data when your friends, colleagues, kids or other people share your PC or account. With this tool, you will get one password protected folder called ‘My Private Folder’ in your account to save your personal files.

You can grab a copy of it HERE (However this requires a “Genuine” version of Windows-As most free Microsoft software requires now days.)

Patrick S

Posted in Computing, Products, Windows XP | 129 Comments »

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129 Responses

  1. Vikram Says:

    Can anybody suggest that how to retrieve data form “My Private Folder”. I have changed my domain and user id & password. I can see all the data but not able to access it.

  2. Rosamunde Says:

    I use MPF and I think it is a great tool, does anyone know how this can be done with a script or with ActiveX

  3. Peter Hendriks : Keep it secret, keep it safe Says:

    […] Windows XP (Professional only) has some built-in features to encrypt your data. Encrypting your data this way is very easy, but does not work on USB sticks and it may be impossible to restore the encrypted data when you reinstall Windows.Update: recently Microsoft released another tool: Private Folder, to keep data secure with a separate password, which runs on XP Home as well. The site describes that is handy while working on a shared account (e.g. with the kids at home). Ironically, the software only seems to offer a single non-USB folder protection per account, so only one user can keep stuff private. There is an export/import feature that allows moving encrypted files on an USB stick, but it does not protect the file names, only the file contents, and it’s clumsy to use. […]

  4. MM Says:

    There we are !
    Installed it. Uninstalled it, but can´t get rid of it. The folder “My Private Folder” remains under “Documents” and resists all attempts to be erased. From within Windows XP – with install and unistall again, with DOS boot. Anybody a hint how to get rid of it ? Thks

  5. The Dude Says:

    Like “minimize” I created a mpf and stored personal files within. I tried to open it and was prompted to set it up again! It’s as if I am to set it up for the first time. Has anyone else experienced this?

  6. Ismail Says:

    looking so nice Work for Good

  7. ali Says:

    porfa quiero el archivo

  8. Does it Matter Says:



    1. Installation notes for Microsoft Private Folder 1.0:

    Only Administrators can install this utility.
    Supports Windows XP Home, Professional and Media Center Edition (32bit).
    Supports NTFS and FAT32 system partitions.
    2. Follow the steps in the installation wizard to install the utility.

    3. After successful installation:

    A menu group will appear at Start -> All Programs -> Microsoft Private Folder 1.0.
    A shortcut icon called My Private Folder will appear on your Desktop.

    1. Only Administrators can uninstall this utility.

    2· Administrators can uninstall the utility through Control Panel -> Add or Remove programs -> Microsoft Private Folder 1.0.



    After uninstalling all data in all the private folders (including all accounts), the data will be left in encrypted status but without access protection. Please make sure all users are informed ahead of time.

    Please remember the password of the private folder where the files come from. All remaining files can be imported by using the correct password in the future.

  9. Ralph Says:

    I have problems with corrupted files in MPF. Where can I find the files I have to restore from my acronis true image backup?

  10. Puneboy Says:

    System HANGS when tried to change password. Now problem is I cannot access my important files. IS there is solution or resolve to this problem? Please post more information on retriving encrypted data if any available.

  11. GuyNDenver Says:

    I had to restore my computer’s hard drive by reinstalling windows xp pro and am now looking for My Private Folder to reinstall it. It seems to be removed from the microsoft site. Does anyone know why?

  12. Patrick S Says:

    Yes i can explain Why… Microsoft pulled it from their site because too many System Admins complained that it would be a neusance as users would be able to hide things from them (even though you need admin privs to run the application 😎 )
    If you want it you can still download it from HERE:

    Hope this helps,
    Patrick S 🙂

  13. GuyNDenver Says:

    Oh, IC, so the home user gets the shaft again? thanks! what the heck is a .rar file? that’s what it downloads as…..

  14. Patrick S Says:

    ha ha ha i guess you are right… A rar file is a type of file compression (just like .zip) except you need a program such as winrar or 7zip to open it. IF you still cannot open it ill find you another link 🙂

    Patrick S

  15. Michael Says:

    I am trying to restore data backed up(MS Backup utility) from My Private Folder onto another drive. Formated the drive and installed software again including My Private Folder. I now want to restore data (video files) back but it gives me a file extension error.All data is there, just cant seem to run it.
    Any idea’s

  16. Ninara Poll Says:

    Has anyone yet coded an app or devised a method that would be able to unencrypt the files left behind by uninstalling (unintentionally or otherwise) My Private Folder? I recently had my hardware profile wiped out by what seems to have been a virus and had to reinstall XP Pro, after which I discovered My Private Folder was no longer usable. Installing it again simply resulted in a new, empty folder, but somehow all the files I had originally placed in the first installation of My Private folder are still on my drive — but are now permanently encrypted. I’ve also noticed that there seem to be two separate files for each encrypted file: one that had the original file extension, and one that has the same name but has a .$e_ as the file extension, and is much smaller in size than the file that has the original extension (is this file the encrypted key?). It seems to me as though all that is necessary is to merge those two files… but since I know very little about how encryption/decryption works, I’m probably wrong about that. I hope someone manages to invent a way to retrieve My Private Folder data….

  17. Patrick S Says:

    If you install My Private folder again-and use the password you once had-Does that work?
    From what i hear-that should work…

  18. S M Puttabuddhi Says:

    When I was trying to change the Password, the System got HUNG and now the problem is, I cannot access any of my files in the folder “My Private Folder”. Could you please provide me any solution to resolve this problem?. If I uninstal the My Private Folder, can I get the data(Files) which can be used without any difficulty? I shall be thankful to you if you could reply early.

  19. Mohammed Ali Says:

    Hello All there,
    I have installed the Microsoft Private Folder and it was running correctly. But last week one of my friend tried to change my password and then the folder is corrupted and since then i am not able to read the files from that folder. I have too many important files in that folder. If i am able to open it once also i will copy the files in my other folder. Can anybody help me in this. Can anybody tell me how to retrieve the data from the folder.
    Thanks in Advance.
    Hope to hear an early reply from any one of u.

  20. Puneboy Says:

    It looks like Microsfot pulled out this application and there is no fix to PC HANG issue. !!!!!!!!

  21. Gerrit Says:

    If anyone out there could assist me to get the use of my files back after My Private Folder got corrupted and afetr reloading with the same password does not help – please HELP!

  22. Fasterclock Says:

    I put everything in here. I would use this program at home for all of my account records for my home business. One day the password would’nt work. Either I changed it and forgot it or it reset. I need these files more than anything. Does anyone know how to retrieve either a password or know where the encrypted files would be located on the hard disk? Please help!!!

  23. MIKE J Says:

    WOrks fine….
    i got a full working copy from a russian site.
    i got some cheese for all the whine ….Pft.

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  26. Gert Says:

    I tested this tool and knowing it restrictions I think it will be useful for many people, but also dangerous (like causing a lot of extra work) for network admins. After I tested it, I removed it from my PC. Now, many months later I reinstalled it, but apparently it still remembers the old password. That is a pitty, because I don’t remember it, so I cannot use this tool again on my PC, unless I reinstall everything off course. I did not loose any files, lucky me, but I would appreciate if MS would have created a full uninstaller that also removed the password that was given. Just a post-mortem thought, I know, but if MS would ever re-distribute this tool in some kind of “new” way, it would be best if they think about this little issue.

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  28. Radagast Says:

    Is there anybody who found the way to recover lost password for Ms Private Folder.
    Someone tried it with Advanced EFS Data Recovery. Someone said tath efs is similar to ms private folder.

    My old password is’t work. I don’t remember if I changed it.
    I’ll lost ~5 Gb data

  29. Markus Engel Says:

    I installed MPF and moved all of my sensitive data in it. Shold have known better. It didn’t take long until I noticed that files opened or copied through replacement explorer shells would not be properly decrypted. Fine, so I quit using those shells. Only to notice that even when using the built-in Windows explorer my files would sometimes (not always) eschew decryption. It seemed I had found a reliable way to avoid that – simply waiting a few minutes after unlocking MPF before using any of those files. Well, it turns out that didn’t alway work. When I finally decided that enough was enough, I copied all my files (using explorer) to a safe destination outside MPF. Interestingly, MPF warned me with each copy operation that files copied to a destination outside MPF would not be ‘protected’ by encryption. Well, I was all to happy to take that exposure.
    Of course, theis warning would make you believe everything now gets decrypted when copying it elsewhere. Wrong! Most of my files were not recognized upon launching them. I’m talking hundreds of important data files in Excel, Word, and Quickbooks format!!!
    It doesn’t take a Ph.D. to figure out why MS pulled the plug on this software: It is a piece of #%! If this is any indication of Microsoft’s current and future quality assurance practices, why would anyone trust their data to one of their operating systems!? (Given my experience I cannot believe anyone in Redmond has seriously tested this!)