How can I install Microsoft Security Essentials in Windows 8?

Dhaval Kaneriya December 15, 2012

I recently installed Windows 8. Microsoft Security Essentials is not working in Windows 8. What can i do to install it correctly?

  1. Chris Hoffman
    December 16, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Press the Windows key, type Windows Defender, and press Enter. Windows Defender will open -- you'll see that it looks exactly the same as MSE. That's because Microsoft bundled MSE in Windows 8, naming it Windows Defender.

    Basically, MSE comes preinstalled with all Windows 8 systems. It's just been renamed.

  2. Ahmed Musani
    December 16, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Microsoft has integrated defender in windows 8 so i suggest stick to that if you are satisfied

  3. Junil Maharjan
    December 16, 2012 at 5:44 am

    Microsoft bundled it with Windows Defender. It is great.

  4. luis donis
    December 16, 2012 at 2:04 am

    windows 8 and brings the same integrated antivirus Microsoft Security Essentials no need to urge

  5. Duy Nguyen Minh
    December 15, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    You reinstall OS and download MSE install again.

  6. Jim Chambers
    December 15, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Another case of Microsoft confusing users by renaming upgraded MSE with that used previously in XP and 7 for a crummy anti-malware app.

  7. Jim Dawkins
    December 15, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    This is not necessary. win8 includes an updated Windows Defender. this is an updated version of MSE.

  8. Âdil Farôôq
    December 15, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    U dont have to install it its built in with windows 8 in windows defender

  9. James Maciel
    December 15, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Microsoft security essentials is built into windows 8 but it got renamed to Windows defender so there is no reason to install it.

  10. Rahul Chauhan
    December 15, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    windows 8 comes inbuilt with microsoft Security Essentials only its name has been changed to windows defender so u dont need to install mse.

  11. Nikhil Chandak
    December 15, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    When u buy Windows 8 , MSE is installed in it , u dont need to download it
    But here's the download link

  12. Rohit Jhawer
    December 15, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    You dont need to install it already comes with win 8, its renamed to windows defender.

  13. ha14
    December 15, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Integrated anti-malware/Windows Defender
    Windows 8 will include a full anti-malware solution, as Windows Defender will now incorporate the antivirus features from the Microsoft Security Essentials solution. This version of Windows Defender will also have improved performance and a smaller memory/CPU footprint.

    MSE does not run on Windows 8, underscoring the fact that the new Defender and MSE are also functionally quite similar. Until Windows 8, Windows Defender protected against spyware only. Now, it also takes on viruses and other breeds of malware.
    Microsoft has said that Defender on Windows 8 provides an acceptable minimum level of protection, and that it will disable itself automatically if another antivirus suite is installed (such as a Norton , McAfee, or Kaspersky suite, for example).

  14. Alan Wade
    December 15, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Windows Defender is Windows 8 built in anti-virus but if I were you I would opt out for something better like Avast Free or something. If you have amassed enough points there's BitDefender available in the Rewards section on this site.

  15. Fawad Mirzad
    December 15, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Windows 8 has its own antivirus solution called windows defender which has MSE and other microsoft security solutions packed together . just go on and enable it.

  16. Ahamed Yaseen
    December 15, 2012 at 5:31 am

    If you are using another antivirus then windows defender will be turned off.

    Windows Defender is called MSE....
    Go search and type windows defender and can see the protection status...

    See this link ....

    • arsal alman
      June 9, 2013 at 10:16 am

      why i not use this antivirus

  17. Jose Paolo Gonzales Otico
    December 15, 2012 at 5:14 am

    Microsoft apparently bundled the features of MSE into Windows Defender in Windows 8 and they don't suggest that you install MSE on Windows 8 since it won't work.

    • arsal alman
      June 9, 2013 at 10:15 am

      can i use microsoft security essential in window 7

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