How to get the classic Windows Defender back on Windows 10 Creators Update

Windows defender classic

Change can be good, but not always. While Windows 10 is a great operating system, many people would prefer to stay with Windows 7. Stick with what they know and like.

Microsoft now views Windows as a service, which means Windows 10 gets updated and changed a couple of times a year. In the latest iteration of the new operating system, Microsoft replaced the old Windows Defender with a new Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app version. But if you don’t like this change, the good news is it’s easy to restore the classic version of Windows Defender.

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To do this, just follow these steps:

  • Open File Explorer and navigate to C:\Program Files\Windows Defender
  • Locate MSASCui.exe. If you double-click this file, the old-style Windows Defender will launch.
  • Right-click a blank area on your desktop and from the context menu select New > Shortcut
  • Enter C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe in the location box
  • Click Next, name the shortcut, and click Finish.

Now whenever you want to launch the classic version of Windows Defender just use this new shortcut. It seems to take a while to load, so be patient.

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