Just For Vista?
I received a phone call yesterday morning from a fellow newsletter reader who was wondering if the Windows Defender security package only works with Windows Vista. At first, I told him yes, because from what I understood from articles I’ve read in the past, that’s how it’s set up. He then asked me to double check on it and I gladly said I would. Well, let me tell you, I’m really glad I did! I have been wrong this whole time and I’m not too proud to admit it. Here’s the scoop!
After doing some more research, I found out that Windows Defender automatically comes along with Vista, but you can also download a free version of it for earlier Windows operating systems. Wow, who knew?! The free version of Windows Defender is available for Windows XP SP2, as well as, Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003. (It will only work with the last two if you validate it through the Windows Genuine Advantage program first though).
Now, I know you’re probably wondering how the free version stacks up next to the Vista version, right? Well, as far as I can see, it seems to work just as well. If you download Windows Defender to an earlier operating system, it will run through all the same scans, etc. that it does for Vista. It’s obviously going to work a little better for Vista, because it’s the security program that was made specifically for it, but if you’re looking for something new for an older Windows computer, the free download will do the trick! So, if you’re not using Vista and would like to download the free version of Windows Defender, you can do so right here. I hope you enjoy it!