HOW TO: Install PGP Desktop for Windows


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This article provides the requirements and steps to install PGP Desktop for Windows.  For a video on how to install PGP Desktop, see the following article.

Before you begin the installation, verify that your system meets these minimum requirements:

Operating System Requirements

PGP Desktop can be installed on systems running the following versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems:

  • Windows XP Professional 32-bit (Service Pack 2 or 3)
  • Windows XP Professional 64-bit (Service Pack 2)
  • Windows XP Home Edition (Service Pack 2 or 3)
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 SP2
  • Windows Vista (all 32-bit and 64-bit editions, including Service Pack 2)
  • Windows 7 (all 32-bit and 64-bit editions, including Service Pack 1)
  • Windows Server 2003 (Service Pack 1 and 2).

Note: The above operating systems are supported only when all of the latest hot fixes and security patches from Microsoft have been applied.

Hardware Requirements

512 MB of RAM

64 MB hard disk space


Installing the Software

Note: You must have administrative rights on your system in order to install PGP Desktop.


  1. To install PGP Desktop on your Windows system
  2. Locate the PGP Desktop installation program. The installer program is an .MSI file, which your PGP administrator may have distributed to you using the Microsoft SMS deployment tool.
  3. Double-click the PGP Desktop installer.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  5. When prompted to do so, restart your system.


Note: If you are in a domain protected by a PGP Universal Server, your PGP administrator may have preconfigured your PGP Desktop installer with specific features and/or settings. In addition, if your PGP administrator set up silent enrollment, your Windows domain password will be used for all passphrase requirements in PGP Desktop. If specified by policy, PGP Whole Disk Encryption may automatically start to encrypt your disk when your Windows password is entered.