System requirements for Windows Defender Application Guard

Applies to: Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (Windows Defender ATP)

The threat landscape is continually evolving. While hackers are busy developing new techniques to breach enterprise networks by compromising workstations, phishing schemes remain one of the top ways to lure employees into social engineering attacks. Windows Defender Application Guard is designed to help prevent old, and newly emerging attacks, to help keep employees productive.


Windows Defender Application Guard is not supported on VMs and VDI environment. For testing and automation on non-production machines, you may enable WDAG on a VM by enabling Hyper-V nested virtualization on the host.

Hardware requirements

Your environment needs the following hardware to run Windows Defender Application Guard.

Hardware Description
64-bit CPU A 64-bit computer with minimum 4 cores (logical processors) is required for hypervisor and virtualization-based security (VBS). For more info about Hyper-V, see Hyper-V on Windows Server 2016 or Introduction to Hyper-V on Windows 10. For more info about hypervisor, see Hypervisor Specifications.
CPU virtualization extensions Extended page tables, also called Second Level Address Translation (SLAT)


One of the following virtualization extensions for VBS:

VT-x (Intel)


Hardware memory Microsoft requires a minimum of 8GB RAM
Hard disk 5 GB free space, solid state disk (SSD) recommended
Input/Output Memory Management Unit (IOMMU) support Not required, but strongly recommended

Software requirements

Your environment needs the following software to run Windows Defender Application Guard.

Software Description
Operating system Windows 10 Enterprise edition, version 1709 or higher
Windows 10 Professional edition, version 1803
Browser Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer
Management system
(only for managed devices)
Microsoft Intune


System Center Configuration Manager


Group Policy


Your current company-wide 3rd party mobile device management (MDM) solution. For info about 3rd party MDM solutions, see the documentation that came with your product.