official gpg4win 2.2.6 support for Windows Server 2008 R2 (and higher)

Release Notes officially states support for desktop platform only
(Operating System: Windows XP and later Versions (for all: 32/64 bit)). I only plan to use gpg2 command line interface (with maybe occassional need for Kleopatra. I do not need gpgOL plugin as the encryption is for files at rest and will be transmitted through our own secured channel.

This is causing Technical Infrastructure and Management folks who support them weiry. I saw confirmation of working on Windows Server 2008 R2 by a user or two in this forum.

Is there a specific reason for the official support limiting to desktop platforms only?

If there is no technical reason, can the release notes be modified to add server platform support?


The reason for this is that we don’t have the test setups with Windows Server. And there is a variety of Windows deployments which may be configured in a way that won’t work for Gpg4win. So we didn’t feel confident enough to make the claim.

But after getting lots of reports about Server 2008 / 2012 installations and with Windows 10 working out of the box I’ve recently changed [1] the website to read: "Gpg4win requires at least Windows XP. " Instead of listing the supported versions.


Release notes will also reflect this in the next version.



in my view, we should list the more tested plattforms more explicitely in the future.

If an IT department is thinking about “support”, they should actually get a support
contract and thus help to fund more testing and maintaining efforts. There are some companies that already do this and in the mid term it is probably serving all
organisational users well. lists a number of GnuPG support companies.

(Full disclosure: Andre and myself work for Intevation which is on this list as well.)