User Guide: Download and install the Azure Information Protection classic client

Applies to: Active Directory Rights Management Services, Azure Information Protection, Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8

Relevant for: Azure Information Protection classic client for Windows. For the unified labeling client, see the unified labeling user guide.

Note

To provide a unified and streamlined customer experience, the Azure Information Protection classic client and Label Management in the Azure Portal are deprecated as of March 31, 2021. No further support is provided for the classic client, and maintenance versions will no longer be released.

The classic client will be officially retired, and will stop functioning, on March 31, 2022.

The content in this article is provided to support customers with extended support only. All current Azure Information Protection classic client customers must migrate to the Microsoft Information Protection unified labeling platform and upgrade to the unified labeling client. Learn more in our migration blog.

If your administrator does not install the Azure Information Protection client for you, you can do this yourself. You must be a local administrator for your PC to install this client so that it can label and protect your documents and emails.

To download and install the Azure Information Protection client

The Azure Information Protection classic client was deprecated on March 31, 2021. To deploy the AIP classic client, open a support ticket to get download access.

The Azure Information Protection client requires a minimum version of Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.2. If this is missing, the installer tries to download and install this prerequisite. When this prerequisite is installed as part of the client installation, your computer must be restarted.

  1. Run the AzInfoProtection.exe file to start the installation. If you are prompted to continue, click Yes.

  2. On the Install the Azure Information Protection client page:

    • Select the option to install a demo policy if you cannot connect to the cloud but want to see and experience the client side of Azure Information Protection by using a local policy for demonstration purposes. When your client connects to an Azure Information Protection service, this demo policy is replaced with your organization's Azure Information Protection policy.

    • Click I agree when you have read the license terms and conditions.

  3. If you are prompted to continue, click Yes, and wait for the installation to finish.

  4. Click Close.

    Before you start to use the Azure Information Protection client, restart all Office applications and all instances of File Explorer. Your installation is now complete and you can use the client to label and protect your documents and emails.

    Note

    If your computer runs Office 2010, restart your computer and then go to the next section for your final step.

Installing the Azure Information Protection client with Office 2010

Important

Office 2010 extended support ended on October 13, 2020. For more information, see AIP and legacy Windows and Office versions.

After you have installed the Azure Information Protection client by using the previous instructions:

  1. Open Microsoft Word. When this is the first time that you have run an Office 2010 application after you have installed the Azure Information Protection client, you see a Microsoft Azure Information Protection dialog box. This dialog box tells you that administrator credentials are required to complete the sign in process.

  2. In the Microsoft Azure Information Protection dialog box, click OK.

  3. If you see a User Access Control dialog box, click Yes so that the Azure Information Protection client can update the registry.

Your installation is now complete and you can use Azure Information Protection to label and protect your documents and emails.

Other instructions

More how-to instructions from the Azure Information Protection user guide:

Additional information for administrators

See Install the Azure Information Protection client for users from the admin guide.