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How to install Microsoft Security Essentials in Windows Server 2012

I received a lot of questions regarding compatible antivirus tools for Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2 as there is no built-in installed antivirus tool with these flavors of server operating system. Windows defender is pre-installed with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. While trying to install Microsoft Security Essential in Windows Server 2012, it gives a compatibility error but it can be installed. Below is the step by step guide to how to install Microsoft Security Essential in Windows Server 2012.

  1. First of all download Microsoft Security Essential
  1. Once it’s downloaded, right click on the setup file (MSEInstall.exe). Click on Properties.

 Install Security Essentials in Server OS

  1. Click on the Compatibility Tab. Check the Box ‘Run this program in compatibility mode for’ and select the option ‘Windows 7’

 Install Security Essentials in Windows OS

  1. Run ‘Command Prompt’ as Administrator

 Install Security Essentials in Windows OS

  1. Disable OS limit for Security Essential by running this command ‘MSEInstall.exe /disableoslimit’

 Install Security Essentials in Windows OS

Installation will begin. Complete the installation wizard.

Note: Microsoft Security Essentials can be installed in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 by following the same steps.

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  • http://www.geniutrixone.tk/ Henry Serón

    Thanks for this tutorial, it was so helpful.

  • Lộc Trần

    Thanks you, I has installed successed

  • tax breindo

    How about uninstall ?

  • Eduardo M. Madrid Osorio

    Muchas gracias, funciona perfecto!

  • mbmast

    This works. If it fails to install, go back and check that you selected compatibility with Windows 7, not Windows 8.

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