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Windows 7: Quick question about MS Essentials installed on an XP machine


13 May 2011   #1

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Quick question about MS Essentials installed on an XP machine

Quick question--if you have MS Essentials installed on an XP machine will the software update itself with this referenced program code or does the automatic update only apply to definitions?

Thanks,

Mark

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13 May 2011   #2

Windows® 7 Home Premium SP1 [x64]
 
 

If I'm correct, which I strongly believe I am, the actual software/program updates for MSE (not the Def Updates) need to be done manually through either Windows/Microsoft Update or the MSE website itself.
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13 May 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

Set updates to Automatic.
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13 May 2011   #4

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks--it is so I'm okay (or at least the software is <g>)
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13 May 2011   #5

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by markg2 View Post
Quick question--if you have MS Essentials installed on an XP machine will the software update itself with this referenced program code or does the automatic update only apply to definitions?

Thanks,

Mark
Hi, markg2.

There is generally a new engine update about once a month. It will be included with the regular definition update. However, if you wish, you can watch for it yourself next week when the next new engine update is released.
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Affected products: Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE), Forefront Client Security (FCS), Forefront Endpoint Protection.
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13 May 2011   #6

Windows 7
 
 

I'll have to check the computer on Monday to determine certainty but I'm very sure that I had set the application to auto update. Given that + your comment regarding engine updates ~ monthly + my experience with Norton I'm surprised that the software has not required a boot post each install given the level at which the software interacts.
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13 May 2011   #7

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Hi, markg2.

No, a restart isn't needed when the engine is updated. However, I seem to recall a restart was needed when upgrading to version 2.
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