Saturday, March 28, 2015

Install Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows Server 2012

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Microsoft Security Essentials, commonly referred to as MSE, is an anti-virus and anti-spyware package for the Windows platform.  It's free of charge for home users and for businesses with up to 10 PC's, and available as part of Microsoft System Center 2012 to deploy in environments with more than 10 PC's.  It can leave a lot to be desired at times with it's ability to detect and remove every infection on your PC, but for it's price point it's a pretty good product, especially when combined with a regular scan with Malwarebytes.

I don't use Windows a lot at home, pretty much only in the lab.   But in the lab, I go with MSE.  However, there is one problem in that that it simply refuses to install on Windows Server 2012 and later.  But with a little effort, you can get around that.  Here's the process, in 9 simple steps.

  1. Download a copy of MSE. 
  2. Right Click on the mseinstall.exe.
  3. Click on Properties.
  4. Click on the Compatibility tab.
  5. Check Run this program in compatibility mode for:
  6. Select From the drop down menu Windows 7.
  7. Open a Command Prompt as Administrator.
  8. Navigate to your Downloads folder (ie. cd C:\Users\%username%\Downloads).
  9. Run mseinstall /disableoslimit and follow the installer prompts.
When you update the program, you won't be able to automatically update the scanning engine, only the definitions.  
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