Users had been expecting Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) for Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs ever since its announcement in February last year. After a year of hard work now, Microsoft has officially launched Windows Defender ATP Endpoint Protection for Windows 7/8.1.
The announcement was made by the Windows Defender ATP team in a blog post recently. Those who are using Windows 10 operating system versions currently have access to the unified endpoint security platform.
As we all know, most of the Microsoft users (both individual and enterprise) are still sticking to Windows 7. Hence, the feature was high in demand from the users of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows 8.1.
Why download Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection on Windows 7 PCs?
Currently, if you have Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 7 SP1 Pro and Windows 8.1 Enterprise, or Windows 8.1 Pro you can get the Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection for your PC.
There is a difference in terms of the features offered by Windows Defender ATP and the current version of Windows Defender. Windows Defender ATP is comprised of a complete suite of tools, including Defender Device Guard, Defender Application Guard, and Defender Antivirus.
The release will provide a bunch of benefits to the Windows users who are currently using the older versions of the OS. It allows users to detect threats, investigate breaches and offer suggested responses.
They will now additionally have reporting features, exploit and malware-infection prevention. Just like for Windows 10 users, uniform security management and administration tools will be available for the enterprises that are running legacy computer systems.
Enterprises can also track endpoint activities such as file, registry, memory, processes and network changes.
All the Windows 7 and Windows 8 users have to perform the following two tasks to get access to Windows Defender ATP. First, you need to configure and update System Center Endpoint Protection clients and then you have to install and configure Microsoft Monitoring Agent (MMA). The installation will enable the systems to report sensor data to Windows Defender ATP.
Although Microsoft has launched Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) to support older version of Windows, users should upgrade their Windows 7 systems on or before January 14, 2020.
That is the only way they can avoid additional charges for buying Extended Security Updates on a per device basis.