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Windows 7: How do I password protect one application

17 Sep 2009   #1
wwoods

Vista64
 
 
How do I password protect one application

I am looking for a way to secure one specific app on my system more than the rest. A example of what I would like is...

User clicks on Icon, user is asked for a password to acess that app, user supplies password and app launches, or no password/wrong password, no app.

Any Idea how this would work, I know I can set up a seperate login for this, but that is not really the solution I want.

Ideas/opinions ?


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17 Sep 2009   #2
H2SO4

Win7x64
 
 

What's wrong with a separate account? You could rig it so that only AccountX has access to the app executable, and then create a simple shortcut or batch file which does "RUNAS /user:AccountX MyApp.exe". The app will start only if the correct password is supplied.
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17 Sep 2009   #3
Antman

 

Place the icon in a password restricted folder.

Launch the app from a script.
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17 Sep 2009   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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17 Sep 2009   #5
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Sorry, but I cannot recommend PasswordDoor. I tried it, and it locked my system necessitating in a hard reset to recover.

However, there is a program that you can use. I've tried it in Windows 7 (64-bit) with no problems. It is called Empathy Empathy | Michal Strehovsky: home

This program is PostcardWare, meaning that it is free to use, but has some restrictions, namely the length of the password is limited to just 1 character in the unregistered version. There is a way round this, but it effectively means that you are restricted to a 4-character numeric password.

To enter this password, proceed as follows (example only).

Alt + 0000 to Alt + 9999 (numeric keypad only).
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17 Sep 2009   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
Sorry, but I cannot recommend PasswordDoor. I tried it, and it locked my system necessitating in a hard reset to recover.

However, there is a program that you can use. I've tried it in Windows 7 (64-bit) with no problems. It is called Empathy Empathy | Michal Strehovsky: home

This program is PostcardWare, meaning that it is free to use, but has some restrictions, namely the length of the password is limited to just 1 character in the unregistered version. There is a way round this, but it effectively means that you are restricted to a 4-character numeric password.

To enter this password, proceed as follows (example only).

Alt + 0000 to Alt + 9999 (numeric keypad only).
Based on your comment I took the PasswordDoor link out. I would hate for one of our friends to get into trouble.
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17 Sep 2009   #7
rddash

windows 7
 
 

or you can go here , i've used it and it runs just fine.
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17 Sep 2009   #8
Antman

 

Where are you at on this wwoods? I am interested in your application (usage) for this technique.
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