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Getting started with ESET Endpoint Encryption (Installation and licensing)
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This article guides you through setting up ESET Endpoint Encryption (EEE) in a standalone mode. If you are trying to setup EEE in a managed capacity using the EEE Server, then please click this link:

KB253 - Installing a managed version of ESET Endpoint Encryption


To set up your copy of EEE, you will need to download your version of EEE and save it to your computer. Once saved, double click on the .MSI file and the Setup Wizard will initiate, you will be presented with the screen below, click Next 

You will then be presented with the End User Agreement, you should select the option next to I accept the terms in the Licence Agreement and click Next

You will now see the Read me file which details all the updates and bug fixes, click Next and you will be presented with the following window where you will be asked to provide a Username and Company Name. You should supply an appropriate username, a company name is not compulsory, click Next

The Ready To Install window will be displayed, click Install. The installing window will be displayed and (depending on your operating system) you will be presented with a User Account Control user interface, click Yes. The installation should now be completed. Before you can start using EEE, a restart of your machine is required. If you do not wish to restart your machine now, select the option No, I will restart my computer later, otherwise keep the option Restart my computer now selected and click Finish.


Once your computer has restarted, you will be presented with the following window, click the Setup button. If you are migrating an existing licence from another system, then you should click the Restore button and follow the steps detailed here: KB65 - I have just bought a new computer/laptop, how do I access my encrypted files/folders on my new workstation?

You now be presented with the Licence Wizard, click Next and you will see the window below. Enter the Product ID and Product Key that was emailed to you and click Next.

You will now see the Licence Details wizard which will look similar to below depending on the licence which you have bought. If you have a Standard licence, the Full Disk icon will be greyed out with a red cross over it and if you have an essential licence, both the Removable and Full Disk icons will be greyed out with a red cross over them. Click Next 

You will next see the Key-File name window, supply an appropriate name for your Key-File and click Next

The next window will now be displayed, where you will be prompted to supply a Key-File password.

Please note that it is advisable to either make a note of this password or select a password which you will not be able to forget. If you do forget you password, it cannot be retrieved and any data encrypted with the Key-File associated with this password will not be able to be accessed or decrypted.

You will also see an optional Auto logon at startup checkbox, by putting a tick in this box, EEE will automatically log in when you log into Windows. Click Next

You will be given the option to Generate a default encryption key by having a tick in the relevant box as seen below, you will be able to select the algorithm (AES, Blowfish or 3DES) which you wish to apply to your default encryption key from the drop-down box and you can name the Key appropriately. Click Next and then click Finish

Finally, you will see the window below where you will be required to make a Key-File Backup. This is in case you Key-File is accidentally deleted or your machine become corrupt. By making a Key-File backup, you can re-install EEE and click the Restore button and restore your Key-File from your backup so that you can gain access to encrypted removable media drives, file, folders, emails, archives, virtual disks etc. It is advised that at least 2 backups are taken in two different locations which are not on the machine on which EEE is installed (i.e. a removable media drive or a network drive) so that they can be easily accessed if required. Click the Browse button and select an appropriate location.  You should now see a window confirming that the Key-File was successfully backed up.

EEE is now setup and you can start to use the various features of EEE.

Related Articles

KB38 - Why should I make a Key-File backup?

KB291 - Starting Full Disk Encryption (standalone)

KB317 - How do I encrypt or decrypt individual files?

KB19 - How do I encrypt or decrypt folders?

KB311 - How do I use Text Encryption?

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