You can now place Work Files on removable drives in Windows 10

by Ivan Jenic
Ivan Jenic
Ivan Jenic
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As Windows 10 has many professionals as its users, it’s essential for the system to have solid support for people’s work files. Although creating and managing work files in Windows 10 works pretty well, there are some things that still need to be corrected.

For example, some users are having troubles moving their Work files to a removable drive, because due to encryption, the files become inaccessible on another computer. This can be a problem, especially for those who rely on the constant transfer of files between computers.

However, starting from Windows 10 build 15002, Microsoft has changed the way Windows 10 manages Work files on removable drives, as users can now move them without fearing they won’t be able to access files on anther computer.

“Some enterprise customers have found that saving Work files to a removable drive would prevent them from accessing the files on a different device due to encryption. We’ve added a prompt to let you choose what you want to do in this case, which should make it easier to transfer work files to a removable drive”

From now on, when users are copying Windows Information Protection (WIP) encrypted files to a removable media, the system will ask them whether they want to save files as Work, convert them to Personal, or cancel the copy operation. The same goes for saving WIP encrypted files to a removable drive.

This should make managing Work files in Windows 10 much easier, and users shouldn’t have any problems accessing their valuable content from anywhere anymore. This feature is, for now, avilable to Windows Insiders only, but Microsoft will make it available to everyone when the Creators Update gets released in April.


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