Microsoft security essentials


  • Folks

    sorry for posting what may seem like such a basic question but i can't find a download link for the x64 version of Microsoft security essentials for windows 8.1 64-bit. Can someone help?  The 32-bit one comes up in all my search results


    Tuesday, September 02, 2014 12:53 AM


  • Hi,

    There is no MSE for Windows 8. MSE is for XP, Vista, and 7. Windows 8 (and 8.1) uses Windows Defender instead which is already built-in.

    If it's not enabled, to enable it:

    1. Navigate toControl Panel (with icons). You can do this by hittingStart > Search > Control Panel. Once in Control Panel, change the drop-down fromCategory to Large and/or Small icons.

    2. Among the list of icons, find and click Action Center.

    3. Assuming the removal of your prior antivirus software went properly, you will notice for both Spyware and unwated software protection (important) and Virus protection (important), it'll have a button labeled Turn on now. Click this button (it doesn't matter which, as Windows Defender serves as both in Windows 8/8.1).



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    • Edited by Patrick Barker Tuesday, September 02, 2014 8:14 AM
    • Marked as answer by msftrocks Tuesday, September 02, 2014 9:59 PM
    Tuesday, September 02, 2014 8:14 AM