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Can we add Windows Defender icon to system tray?

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  • You can pin it to the taskbar if you like.  Perform a search for Defender and when the Windows Defender icon appears, right-click on it and then Pin to Taskbar.

    Carey Frisch

    Sunday, December 16, 2012 5:07 AM
  • Well, you can't, and that is most unfortunate. Microsoft should make it possible for you do to that. The Taskbar and Start Menu are not the System Tray, and the Action Center flag in the System Tray has several other functions than to indicate the Windows Defender status.




    • Edited by groucho43 Friday, February 08, 2013 9:50 AM
    Friday, February 08, 2013 9:49 AM
  • It is not the "System Tray", it's the "Notification Area". It's Microsoft finally following its own guidelines for the notification area. If there's a problem, you will get notified via this area. Otherwise, your machine is running fine (at least in terms of Defender)
    Friday, February 08, 2013 2:21 PM
  • It is not the "System Tray", it's the "Notification Area".

    That's being pedantic.

    It's commonly known as the system tray and it was obvious what the OP meant.

    Microsoft has even been inconsistent in what they call it, e.g. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/162613

    It stems from the executable named systray.exe way back in '95.

    Common usage trumps definition every time.

    If people wanted to call it the 'plorple' and everyone knew that what you meant when you said plorple, then it would be the plorple, no matter what the 'official' name was.

    Note: I dislike that the plorple no longer has that 3D indented look it used to...You know what I mean? The one that made it look like a tray.

    Friday, February 08, 2013 4:02 PM
  • Try the tool "Windows Defender Status Manager"

    http://www.itknowledge24.com/


    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Friday, February 08, 2013 7:34 PM
    Answerer
  • use a search in destop start button search for defender, create desktop short cut, pin to task bar.

    My Icon tray, love icons, Notice over by the start I have a quick launch, also notice the dvd, that launches dvd play in windows media player

    flip3d in 8 works too





    • Edited by colakid Friday, February 08, 2013 9:00 PM
    • Proposed as answer by colakid Friday, February 08, 2013 9:01 PM
    Friday, February 08, 2013 8:48 PM
  • kid can you give us the tip to get 3dflip in 8, this is the best way to pin defender to taskbar.
    Friday, February 08, 2013 9:15 PM
  • Wow flip in 8 I need that please.

    Friday, February 08, 2013 9:18 PM
  • It is not the "System Tray", it's the "Notification Area". It's Microsoft finally following its own guidelines for the notification area. If there's a problem, you will get notified via this area. Otherwise, your machine is running fine (at least in terms of Defender)

    OK, well, then what he's talking about is some kind of "notification" as to the operational status of Defender.  With MSE you got feedback in the systray icon apart from merely letting you know the program was resident and actually monitoring your system--you got feedback when you were doing a scan through the same icon, and in the right-click context file menu you were provided with an option to scan each file or directory or drive, etc., that you might select.  Win8 Defender doesn't provide that, either--I had to hack one into the shell to mimic that same functionality in MSE. When I'm doing a scan with Defender nothing appears in the Action Center to let me know what's going on, etc.

    Microsoft is acting as if it's embarrassed about Defender and wants to hide any appearance that the program is present & working...;)   The irony is that although Microsoft claims Defender is better than MSE, Defender's GUI feedback is noticeably inferior to MSE's.  Yet another set of options Microsoft weirdly overlooked for Windows 8. I have a shortcut to Defender on my Win8 desktop, but that's nowhere near as good as the information provided by the MSE systray program icon.   MSE simply does it better in that regard.

    Saturday, February 09, 2013 3:17 PM
  • indeed, user may think they don't even have an antivirus

    another thing is that they've removed right click menu to scan files/folders, needing registry hacks to add it yourself: http://www.howtogeek.com/137083/how-to-add-scan-with-windows-defender-to-the-context-menu-in-windows-8/


    Microsoft MVP J# 2004-2010, Borland Spirit of Delphi 2001

    Tuesday, October 07, 2014 3:40 PM
  • Thanks, 'Windows Defender Status Manager' helped me with getting Defender on my tray in Windows 8 x64.
    Tuesday, January 27, 2015 6:55 AM
  • It is not the "System Tray", it's the "Notification Area". It's Microsoft finally following its own guidelines for the notification area. If there's a problem, you will get notified via this area. Otherwise, your machine is running fine (at least in terms of Defender)

    OK, well, then what he's talking about is some kind of "notification" as to the operational status of Defender.  With MSE you got feedback in the systray icon apart from merely letting you know the program was resident and actually monitoring your system--you got feedback when you were doing a scan through the same icon, and in the right-click context file menu you were provided with an option to scan each file or directory or drive, etc., that you might select.  Win8 Defender doesn't provide that, either--I had to hack one into the shell to mimic that same functionality in MSE. When I'm doing a scan with Defender nothing appears in the Action Center to let me know what's going on, etc.

    Microsoft is acting as if it's embarrassed about Defender and wants to hide any appearance that the program is present & working...;)   The irony is that although Microsoft claims Defender is better than MSE, Defender's GUI feedback is noticeably inferior to MSE's.  Yet another set of options Microsoft weirdly overlooked for Windows 8. I have a shortcut to Defender on my Win8 desktop, but that's nowhere near as good as the information provided by the MSE systray program icon.   MSE simply does it better in that regard.

    Two years later, I agree with this completely. I just moved from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1, and the changes between MSE and Windows Defender feels like a step backwards, if only because there is no option for an icon in the system tray notification area (sheesh!).

    Monday, February 16, 2015 3:20 PM
  • That was not the original post question.  Of course we can pin a program to taskbar. 

    Prior to this version, we could see the security essentials when we wanted in the tray on the right. I liked the feedback in green/orange/red, dependent on the update and connection status.

    It is astonishing to me how much the developers and product managers at MS meddle with established solutions for no apparent reason other than meeting fights, under an utter disregard to us, the users.  Lucky me, I can still click on reverse to go back to W7, and have time for the transition to Apple.  Generally: the new windows appearance resembles works of an apprentice without any experience in UI design and cognitive science.   No Classic Windows Scheme, no Windows anymore to me.  Its that simple.  Imagine a car without a steering wheel or customary pedals.  Would you drive that?

    Saturday, August 15, 2015 2:31 PM
  • Add the following command line

    "C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui" -hide

    to the run key in the registry.

    (As you know, you enter it just as typed there--including the quotation marks because the quotes tells Windows to expect empty spaces in the command line--like the space between the word Program and the word Files and then after the last quote mark you leave a space and add the command line switch just as you see it using a hyphen and the word hide but no space between the hyphen and the word hide)

    I am using a 64 bit version of Windows 8.1 so Microsoft installed the 64 bit version of Defender.  However, I presume that if for some reason you are using a 32bit version of Defender in a 64 bit version of Windows, you will find the MSASCui.exe in the Program Files (x86) folder instead of the Program Files folder.  I am also presuming that if you are using a 32 bit version of Window 8.1, there will probably not be a Program Files (x86) folder on your machine.  I think that if you will just look to see where the MSASCui.exe is, you can work effectively.

    So if 32 bit version of Windows Defender must be invoked from the Program Files (x86) folder, the command line would instead be

    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Defender\MSASCui" -hide

    You can test to see if you have constructed a proper command line by first inserting your command line into the run box.  Just hold down the keyboard key with the windows logo on it and then press the keyboard letter r.  Put your command line in there.  Hit okay and you should then see the little Defender castle icon in your system tray/notification area.

    Search for a tutorial on how to add programs to the registry run key if you've not done it much.  Those tutorials are all over the web. It's very helpful to be able to do that.  As you know, it lets you start program executables/apps when Windows starts.  It will also show that in the startup tab of Windows Task Manager so you can check it or uncheck it.

    The run key is:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

    After you have entered that registry run key, you'll have to restart your computer to see if it works.  If it works, you will have a little castle icon in your system tray.   The castle gives you quick access to the program.  It will also harbor a red x on top of the castle after you have selected to turn real time protection off .  For me, the red x is a good reminder to turn it back on after I'm done with the job that made me decide to turn it off.

    Even with your newly added separate Defender castle working for you in the system tray/notification area, you will still also get messages about Widows Defender status through the Windows Action Center icon.  Microsoft hasn't offered a selection in the Action Center to stop notifications coming through the Action Center about Windows Defender.  Myself?  I won't bother trying to over-ride it because I need as many red x's as I can get to remind me I have turned off virus protection.  So, if you add the castle and if you turn off real time protection in Defender you'll get a red x over your new castle icon and you'll also see the same familiar red x on the Action Center icon.  I hope that doesn't aggravate you.  It's kind of a comfort to me.

    You can also, by the way, add Windows Defender  back the context menu into Windows 8 so that you can again use the convenient right-click mouse maneuver to scan a file using Defender.  But that's another tutorial.  Just search the web.  It involves adding keys to the registry but that's just as easy as following a chocolate chip cookie recipe.




    • Edited by KentuckyGeorge Thursday, September 17, 2015 6:08 PM correct a procedural error
    Thursday, September 17, 2015 5:37 PM