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Install Sophos Central Endpoint (Windows)

In this article, we will show you how to install Sophos Central Endpoint Protection on your Windows PC.

Important: In contrast to Intercept X, the Sophos Central Endpoint can’t be used alongside another antivirus program from a third party, such as Symantec, Kaspersky, McAfee, Windows Defender, and more. It is therefore necessary to uninstall the existing antivirus program before installing the Sophos Central Endpoint.


  • Windows 7+
  • Sophos Central Account
  • Admin rights on the computer
  • No other antivirus program installed
  • Internet connection

Install Sophos Endpoint Protection

1. Log into your Sophos Central Account

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2. Download Installer

Click in the Sidebar on the menu item Protect Devices. In the category Endpoint Protection, you will find the complete Endpoint Installer called Download Complete Windows Installer. Since you don’t want to install the whole package now, but only the Endpoint Protection, click on Choose Components... below. Make sure that you only checked the Endpoint Protection and then click on Download Installer.

Sophos Central Endpoint Protection Windows Download

Important: The complete Windows Installer includes Endpoint Protection and Intercept X. If you want to install Endpoint Protection only, or Intercept X only, click on Choose Components....

3. Execute Installer

Next, you can start the setup of Sophos Endpoint. An Internet connection is required.

Important: Make sure that no other antivirus is installed on your computer before running the Sophos Endpoint Protection setup.

4. Check installation

If the installation has been successful, the computer is now protected and is listed in Sophos Central. To check this, you can click the Endpoint Protection menu point in the sidebar and then select Computer.

Important: You must never delete computers in Sophos Central before the software has been uninstalled on your PC. The software is protected by tamper protection. To remove this protection, it is essential to link to Sophos Central.

5. Assign license to the correct user

If a user already exists in Sophos Central for the computer account where the Endpoint was installed, you can now assign the license to that user. You can find out how to do this in this guide.

Install Endpoint Protection together with Intercept X

If you want to install Endpoint Protection including Intercept X, you can directly click on Download Complete Windows Installer.