Can I use Microsoft Security Essentials with Windows 8?

Can I use Microsoft Security Essentials with Windows 8?
 
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Last updated May 16, 2018 Views 481,987 Applies to:
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No. Windows 8 comes with Windows Defender, which has been improved in Windows 8 to provide the same level of malware protection as Microsoft Security Essentials. 


You do not need to install Microsoft Security Essentials and it will not work with Windows 8. Microsoft will continue to provide and improve Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. If you are upgrading to Windows 8, you should uninstall Microsoft Security Essentials first.

 

For information on uninstalling Microsoft Security Essentials, see the following Knowledge Base article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2483120.

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