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John Evdemon

Windows Information Protection won't let me use my own files

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Recently I ran into some major issues and had to go back to a previously installed version of Windows.  Everything seemed to go smoothly until I realized all of my files were locked down by Windows Information Protection (WIP) - previously known as Enterprise Data Protection.  

I tried several things and nothing seemed to work.   Finally I tried this and it worked like a charm.  If you're facing this issue I hope this post helps you.

  1. Open a command prompt as an admin (hit Start button, type cmd, right-click on the cmd icon and click Run as Administrator)
  2. A command prompt will open. Move to folder with your locked files and paste in the following command:

cmd.exe /c takeown /f *.* && icacls *.* /grant administrators:F