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Windows 7: Microsoft Security Essentials

02 Feb 2011   #1

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Microsoft Security Essentials

Is Microsoft Security Essentials part of Windows 7? If so, is it available in all versions? I have it on the netbook I purchased online that has Windows 7 Starter. I know it's free and seems to do a pretty decent job.

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02 Feb 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

It isn't part of Windows, but it can be downloaded for free on any version of Windows. It does a great job, and should work fine for your system.
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02 Feb 2011   #3

Windows 10 Education 64 bit

Microsoft Security Essentials is a separate offering from Microsoft. It's not bundled with Windows 7 it is a separate download all by itself. All versions of windows 7 are supported including 32 bit and 64 bit. Vista and XP (32 bit only) are also supported.
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02 Feb 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP


Looks like it's being pushed through now as optional Windows Update for machines with no AV.

Anyone else getting the Update?

It's such a lean AV Updates installs it easier than Silverlight or Live Essentials.
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02 Feb 2011   #5

7x64 SP1

It's not a part of Windows 7 itself to prevent more Anti-trust litigation with US and EU. However it's offered for free online for any version as previously stated. Also RE: being pushed out as optional: Good on Microsoft for doing some effort to make computers more secure.
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