Error 0x8004FF83 appears when you try to install Microsoft Security Essentials

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SYMPTOMS

When you try to install Microsoft Security Essentials, you get the following error:
0x8004FF83

RESOLUTION

To fix this, try the method below. If this doesn't fix it, proceed to the next method.

Method 1: Use the Add/Remove Program or Uninstall a Program feature

Windows XP:
  1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. In the Currently installed programs box, click Microsoft Security Essentials, and then click Remove.
  3. If you are prompted to confirm the removal of Microsoft Security Essentials, click Yes.
  4. Follow the steps to uninstall Microsoft Security Essentials.
  5. Go to: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/products/security-essentials
  6. Click the Free download button and follow the steps to install Microsoft Security Essentials.
Windows Vista/Windows 7:
  1. Click the Start button, then click Control Panel.
  2. Click Uninstall a program.
  3. Click Microsoft Security Essentials, then click Uninstall.
  4. Follow the steps to uninstall Microsoft Security Essentials.
  5. Go to: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/products/security-essentials
  6. Click the Free download button and follow the steps to install Microsoft Security Essentials.

Method 2: Use the Program Install and Uninstall tool

To use the Program Install and Uninstall tool, follow the steps below:


Program Install and Uninstall tool

  1. Click the Fix-it button above.
  2. If your browser asks you if you want to run or save the file, click Run.
  3. Review the Privacy Statement, and if you agree to the terms click Accept.
  4. Click Detect problems and let me select the fixes to apply.
  5. Click Uninstalling.
  6. Select Microsoft Antimalware and click Next.
  7. Click Yes, try uninstalling.
  8. Once the uninstall is complete, click Next, then click Close.
  9. Repeat steps 1-8. Instead of selecting Microsoft Antimalware in step 6, click Microsoft Security Client.
  10. Go to: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/products/security-essentials
  11. Click the Free download button and follow the steps to install Microsoft Security Essentials.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about Microsoft Security Essentials, visit: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/products/security-essentials

If you need assistance with Microsoft Security Essentials, go to: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/products/security-essentials/support


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Article ID: 2712405 - Last Review: May 18, 2012 - Revision: 2.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft® Security Essentials
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Keywords: 
KB2712405

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