Hardening Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 Workstations

Download ASD Protect Hardening Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 Workstations (850K PDF), June 2017
First published July 2015, then December 2016, May 2017, June 2017


Workstations are often targeted by an adversary using malicious webpages, emails with malicious attachments and removable media with malicious content in an attempt to extract sensitive information. Hardening the operating environments of workstations is an important part of reducing this risk.

This document provides guidance on hardening Enterprise and Ultimate editions of Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 operating environments. Some Group Policy settings used in this document may not be available or compatible with Professional, Home Premium, Home Basic or Starter editions of Microsoft Windows 7 SP1.

While this document refers to workstations, most Group Policy settings are equally applicable to servers (with the exception of domain controllers) using Microsoft Server 2008 R2. The names and locations of Group Policy settings used in this document are taken from Microsoft Windows 7 SP1; some differences may exist for earlier or later versions of Microsoft Windows.

Before implementing recommendations in this document, thorough testing should be undertaken to ensure the potential for unintended negative impacts on business processes is reduced as much as possible.

This document is intended for information technology and information security professionals within organisations looking to undertake risk assessments or vulnerability assessments as well as those wishing to develop a hardened Standard Operating Environment for workstations.

Download ASD Protect Hardening Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 Workstations (850K PDF), June 2017


Australian government customers with questions regarding this advice can contact ASD Advice and Assistance.

Australian businesses and other private sector organisations seeking further information should contact CERT Australia.