RECOMMENDED: Users who had used now “half-dead” Windows XP operating system before switching to Windows 10/8/7 have probably observed that in Windows 7 and above versions one cannot create a zip file with password without the help of third-party utilities. In Windows XP (not sure if the feature was present in Vista), we could create a zip file and lock up it with a password by right-clicking on a zip file and then clicking Add a password option. In short, we didn’t need a third-party file compressing utility like in order to create a password protected zip file in Windows XP. Even though Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7 allow you create a zip file, you can’t create a zip file with password without the help of third-party tools. Luckily, there are plenty of free tools out there to create a password protected zip file.
Typhoon Zip: This is a powerful zip and unzip software. Supports Zip and Rar formats. Drag and drop interface. Zip and Unzip multiple files or folders. Zip and email any selection of files or folders. Quick Zip Lite: Very compact in size, and ideal zipping and unzipping software for netbooks. Locate the file or folder that you want to zip. Press and hold (or right-click) the file or folder, select (or point to) Send to, and then select Compressed (zipped) folder. A new zipped folder with the same name is created in the same location. To rename it, press and hold (or right-click) the folder, select Rename, and then type the new name.