Must be on the latest version of Windows 10 (Pro or Home)
Controlled folder access helps you protect valuable data from malicious apps and threats, such as ransomware. It is part of Windows Defender Exploit Guard.
This article describes how to enable Controlled folder access with the Windows Defender Security Center app.
What you need to do
- Upgrade to the latest Windows 10 version
- Configure the solution.
How to Update Windows
- Backup your PC
- Go to https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/software-download/windows10
- Download and run
- Upgrade may take a long time. Best to do after hours if possible.
Use the Windows Defender Security app to enable Controlled folder access
Open the Windows Defender Security Center by clicking the shield icon in the task bar or searching the start menu for Defender.
Click the Virus & threat protection tile (or the shield icon on the left menu bar) and then the Virus & threat protection settings label:
Set the switch for the feature to On