Download and install the Rights Management sharing application

Applies to: Active Directory Rights Management Services, Azure Information Protection, Windows 10, Windows 7 with SP1, Windows 8, Windows 8.1

You do not have to be a local administrator to install the RMS sharing application. However, if you are not and you use Office 2010, there are some limitations. For more information, see the If you are not a local administrator and use Office 2010 section on this page.

To download and install the Rights Management sharing application

  1. Go to the Microsoft Rights Management page on the Microsoft website.

  2. In the Computers section, click the icon for the RMS app for Windows and save the Setup.exe file to install Microsoft Rights Management sharing application.

  3. Double-click the Setup.exe file that was downloaded. If you are prompted to continue, click Yes.

  4. On the Setup Microsoft RMS page, click Next, and wait for the installation to finish.

    Note

    The RMS sharing application requires the Microsoft .NET Framework, minimum version 4.0. Setup checks to see whether this is installed and if it is not, you will see a message with a link to install it.

  5. When the installation finishes, click Restart to restart your computer and complete the installation. Or, click Close and restart your computer later to complete the installation.

You’re now ready to start protecting your files or read files that others have protected.

If you are not a local administrator and use Office 2010

If you sign in to your computer and do not have local administrative rights, and Setup detects that you have Office 2010 installed, you will see a warning message that some scenarios will not work with this configuration. The scenarios are:

  • If your organization uses the Azure Rights Management service from Azure Information Protection rather than an on-premises version of Rights Management:

    • The Information Rights Management (IRM) features of Office will not be available. For example, the Do Not Forward option for emails, and the Restrict Access permissions that you can set from the File menu in Word and Excel. You can use the Share Protected option on the ribbon, and the right-click options from File Explorer.
  • If your organization uses an on-premises version of Rights Management rather than the Azure Rights Management service from Azure Information Protection:

    • You won’t be able to read a protected document sent to you by somebody from another organization that’s using the Azure Rights Management service.

If you are not a local administrator and use Office 365 or Office 2013, you do not see this message and these scenarios are supported.

You can continue the installation with these known limitations. Or you can stop the installation and either rerun it with the Run as administrator option when you run Setup.exe in step 3, or ask an administrator to install it for you. Administrators can script this installation for you so that it installs automatically.

Examples and other instructions

For examples for how you might use the Rights Management sharing application, and how-to instructions, see the following sections from the Rights Management sharing application user guide:

See Also

Rights Management sharing application user guide

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