Microsoft Security Essentials is a free* download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up to date so that your customers can be assured that their PCs are protected by the latest technology. It is available through preinstallation for genuine Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit.
Do not install Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows 8, as Windows Defender will automatically provide an industry-accepted level of protection to protect users from viruses and all forms of malware. In addition, OEMs are not licensed to distribute Microsoft Security Essentials with Windows 8.
Microsoft Security Essentials has a lightweight design and uses smart resource utilisation techniques to minimise the impact on common computing tasks users do every day. With a no-hassle, straightforward installation, automatic updates, and a simple user interface, this solution helps make it easy to get and stay protected.
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- No trials, renewals or expiry
- No registration
- No upselling to a paid solution
- Minimal PC impact
- Automatic updates and upgrades
- Simple user interface, one-click action button
- Easy installation with OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK)
- No cost to you or your customer
- Turnkey solution
- Differentiated value for genuine Windows PCs
- Minimal PC performance impact
- No need for billing infrastructure or back-end integration
- No distribution of COAs to customers
- Reduced support costs
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Microsoft Security Essentials Version 2 Service Pack 1 is offered in an easy-to-install OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK) for PCs that are preinstalled with the Windows 7 operating system. The deployment guide for the OPK contains instructions that you can use to pre-load Microsoft Security Essentials onto new PCs for distribution to your customers.
Get the OPK and OPK deployment guide.