FEATURE REQUEST: Symantec Drive Encryption (formerly known a PGP Desktop Whole Disk Encryption) Support for UEFI on Windows Operating Systems


Article ID: 156878


Updated On:


Symantec Products


Windows 7 and Windows 8 support UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) implementations. 

Symantec Encryption Desktop version 10.3.1 (formerly known as PGP Desktop) introduced support for systems running Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit in UEFI mode. Versions previous to 10.3.1 of Symantec Encryption Desktop do not support this configuration.



  • Symantec Drive Encryption 10.3.0 and previous did not support computers using UEFI firmware.
  • Symantec Drive Encryption 10.3.1 includes UEFI support for Windows 8, but not Windows 7.
  • Symantec Encryption Desktop 10.3.2 has support for UEFI for Windows 7 64-bit and Windows 8.0/8.1.
  • Symantec Drive Encryption 10.3.2 and above now supports GUID Partition Table (GPT) formatting on Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit systems and Windows 8.0/8.1 64-bit systems, running in UEFI mode. Systems using UEFI should upgrade to Symantec Drive Encryption 10.3.2 or above to obtain this full support for this new functionality.

Refer to article TECH203071 for more details and requirements on UEFI support and Symantec Drive Encryption.