How to upgrade Microsoft Security Essentials to the latest version

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Symptoms

In Microsoft Security Essentials, you may experience the following symptoms:

  • You are running Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0.1611.0 or an earlier version. Then, you notice an action item that prompts you to upgrade to the latest version of Microsoft Security Essentials through the Microsoft Security Essentials notification messages.
  • You are running a Simplified Chinese version of Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0.1407.0, 1.0.1500.0, 1.0.1610.0, 1.0.1611.0, or a later version on a computer that is not connected to the Internet. In this scenario, you are directed to the Help content in a different language, such as Traditional Chinese.
  • You are running a beta version of Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0.1407.0, 1.0.1500.0, 1.0.1610.0, or a later version. In this scenario, you notice an action item that prompts you to upgrade to the latest version of Microsoft Security Essentials through the Microsoft Security Essentials user notification messages. You may also notice some optional downloads on Microsoft Update that offer an upgrade to the latest version of Microsoft Security Essentials. 

Cause

These issues occur when you use an older, unsupported version of Microsoft Security Essentials.

Resolution

To resolve these issues, upgrade to the latest version of Microsoft Security Essentials. By upgrading now, you will help maintain continuous protection against viruses, against spyware, and against other malicious software.

If you are running an older version of Microsoft Security Essentials, we encourage you to upgrade to the latest version. By upgrading now, you will help maintain continuous protection against viruses, against spyware, and against other malicious software.

To determine which version of Microsoft Security Essentials you are running, click About Microsoft Security Essentials on the Help menu. You can find the Help menu on the upper-right corner of the Microsoft Security Essentials Home tab.

The version number for Microsoft Security Essentials is displayed under System Information.

CHANGES IN LATEST VERSION

The latest version of Microsoft Security Essentials includes improved messaging on the Update tab, improved scan reports on the Home tab, performance improvements, and enforcement of runtime Windows Activation Technology (WAT) in Microsoft Security Essentials.

To upgrade Microsoft Security Essentials, use one of the following options:

  • On the Microsoft Security Essentials Home tab, click the Upgrade Now button.
  • On the Help menu, click Upgrade Microsoft Security Essentials.
  • Visit the Microsoft Security Essentials home page, click Download Now, and then install the latest version.

 

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Article ID: 2019198 - Last Review: November 30, 2011 - Revision: 3.0
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