Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Pointsec for PC: Not working on Windows 7 yet

Just in case you haven't started your Windows 7 testing or you haven't gotten around to testing your Pointsec software on Windows 7, I thought I would tell you that it doesn't work right now. For the record, the release notes do not say that Windows 7 is supported or working, but sometimes things work even if the release notes say they wont. So I thought I would give it a try. Nope.

I have tested the installation of Pointsec for PC 6.3.1 HFA7 (the latest version as of July 1, 2009) on Windows 7 Ultimate build 7100. The installer appears to work fine and even says that the installation completed successfully. However after the reboot the Pre-Boot Environment code is not written to the Volume Boot Record and Windows starts normally. You will then get an error message indicating that the installation failed.

I don't know when Windows 7 support will show up in Pointsec, but I would imaging that it will not come before the final release of Windows 7. I also don't know if Check Point plans to put Windows 7 support in the Pointsec for PC 6.3 line of software or if this is going to be the software that pushes everyone onto Endpoint Security R7.x. I will update if I find out about any changes in Windows 7 support.

7 comments:

CypherBit said...

Please keep us posted about this one.

gyzmos said...

Hi,
I would like to install Pointsec on Windows 7. You mentioned it didn't work but was this when UAC was switched off?

Striker said...

Doesn't matter if UAC is on or off Pointsec 6.3.1 won't work. Get a copy of FDE 7 it works though we were told that if you have a partition without an assigned drive letter it will fail. We haven't tried to make it fail yet as we turned off the default recovery partion in our Win7 build but you can get around this by assigning it a drive letter before encrypting then removing the letter later.

Anonymous said...

i just installed pointsec 6.3.1 on Windows 7 Professional..... no issues so far. rebooted and it is now dycrypting. although it is still on 0% but its been like 1 minute since i logged in.

Black Fist said...

Interesting. My experience is that the installer would appear to work properly, but after the reboot the PBE code was never written. Then when Windows boots back up I get an error message.

Anonymous said...

After installing, I tried to uninstall but it would not let me since it said it was still decrypting. So i gave up on it.. a few days later i checked and it must have encrypted because i don't get a % anymore. I can now uninstall and it will let me if i do it but i'm not going to.. I have version 6.3.1 HFA6.1420

Dave B said...

Thanks Striker. I believe we are using 6.4 and assigning a drive letter to the two 'superfluous' partitions did the trick in Windows 7 for our image. Only place I found this info. Thanks again.