Norton 360 version 3.0 is by no means the only security solution from Symantec that can integrate with Windows 7. Symantec EndPoint Protection version 11.0 is also capable of playing nice with both Windows 7 client and Windows Server 2008 R2 (Windows 7 Server). According to the company, Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0.4 can be installed on the Beta development milestones for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. At the same time, the security solution will also install and run on builds from the Release Candidate branch of the operating system, but not on the most recent development milestones made available by Microsoft.
“Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0.4 can be installed on Windows 7 Beta, either 32-bit or 64-bit,” Symantec revealed. “To install MR4 on Windows 7: copy the contents of the Symantec Endpoint Protection folder to your local hard drive or a network share. Run LUSETUP.EXE to install LiveUpdate. Restart the computer. Run SETUP.EXE to install Symantec Endpoint Protection.”
Doug Holland, .NET architect and developer at Intel, revealed that he had installed the Symantec EndPoint Protection 11.0.4014 update on both Windows 7 and Windows Sever 2008 R2 without any issues. In fact, the screenshots accompanying this article are courtesy of Holland, revealing Symantec EndPoint Protection 11.0.4014 running on the testing releases of the next iteration of the Windows Server and client platforms. However, users must understand that Symantec EndPoint Protection 11.0.4014 is designed for the Beta versions of the two operating systems, and that it comes with no support. As Windows 7 development milestones get closer to the fully fledged RC, version 11.0.4014 of Symantec EndPoint Protection will no longer work with Windows 7.
“Starting with Windows 7 build 7057, installing any version of Symantec Endpoint Protection before 11.0.4014 (MR4 MP1a) causes Windows to return the error message, "This program has a known compatibility issue." The installation does not succeed,” Symantec informed on the support page for the security product.
Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0.4 is available for download here.