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Published on 09.30.09 by Brent Trahan

How-to Install Microsoft Security Essentials

Learn where to download and how to install Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE).

System Requirements

Operating System: Genuine Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or Service Pack 3); Windows Vista (Gold, Service Pack 1, or Service Pack 2); Windows 7

  • For Windows XP, a PC with a CPU clock speed of 500 MHz or higher, and 1 GB RAM or higher.
  • For Windows Vista and Windows 7, a PC with a CPU clock speed of 1.0 GHz or higher, and 1 GB RAM or higher.
  • VGA display of 800 × 600 or higher.
  • 140 MB of available hard disk space.
  • An Internet connection is required for installation and to download the latest virus and spyware definitions for Microsoft Security Essentials.
  • Internet Browser: Windows Internet Explorer 6.0 or later, Mozilla Firefox 2.0 or later.
  • Microsoft Security Essentials also supports Windows XP Mode in Windows 7. For more information see the system requirements for Windows XP Mode in Windows 7

Install Microsoft Security Essentials

  1. Download Microsoft Security Essentials from Microsoft.
  2. When MSE has finished downloading choose to run it.

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  3. Click Yes when prompted by user account control.

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  4. Select Next in the welcome screen.

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  5. Accept the license agreement.

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  6. Select Validate to let MSE validate that your copy of Windows is genuine.

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  7. Select Install to start the install process.

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  8. When MSE has finished installing itself, leave Scan my computer… checked and then click Finish.

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  9. MSE will download virus and spyware definitions and then perform a quick scan for viruses and spyware.

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  1. Paul Harrison says:

    is good know that this software it’s only for original windows 7 copy. because if you don’t have a “ORIGINAL” system the software don’t install.

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