Windows 7/8.1: Public preview of Windows Defender ATP

Microsoft has released a public preview of Windows Defender ATP for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 in mid of June 2018. Here are a few details in case you missed it.


In February 2018 I have published the article Windows 7/8.1 receiving Windows Defender ATP support. Microsoft has plans, to bring Windows Defender ATP support, which is currently only available in Windows 10, also to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

I didn't follow this topic, so I wasn't aware, that Microsoft has launched a public preview of Windows Defender ATP on June 18, 2018. Some Tweets and this comment below my blog post Windows 7 Defender won't receive updates (June 2018)  brought my attention back to this topic.


Microsoft has published an article Onboard previous versions of Windows on 06/18/2018, informing users about Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (Windows Defender ATP) for:

  • Windows 7 SP1 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 SP1 Pro
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
  • Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Windows Defender ATP extends support to include down-level operating systems, providing advanced attack detection and investigation capabilities on supported Windows versions.

To onboard down-level Windows client endpoints to Windows Defender ATP, you'll need to:

  • Configure and update System Center Endpoint Protection clients.
  • Install and configure Microsoft Monitoring Agent (MMA) to report sensor data to Windows Defender ATP as instructed below.

If you want to experience Windows Defender ATP, you can sign up for a free trial.

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