How Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 end of support life affects Symantec Endpoint Protection

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Issue/Introduction

Microsoft has formally announced that Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 will reach the end of their support life on January 14th, 2020. This article explains how this affects customers running Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008.

Resolution

Symantec is committed to providing the best possible security for its customers. Symantec will continue to release 32-bit and 64-bit definition sets that are compatible across all 32-bit and 64-bit Windows platforms supported by the product, even as Microsoft stops publishing new functionality and security updates for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 in 2020.

Current releases of SEP 14.x that are compatible with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will continue to receive maintenance patch and release updates for the foreseeable future and are planned to include continued support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

Additionally, we encourage our customers to follow security best practices and update their systems to more secure operating systems when possible.  Symantec will continue to release antivirus definitions and product updates compatible with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 for the current product cycle.

Depending on security demands and development, future versions of SEP may drop support for retired operating systems. As always, we will provide explicit system requirements in the documentation for every product update we release.