Windows 10: Windows 10041 cannot update Windows Defender Solved


  1. Posts : 89
    Windows 10 Duel booting with Windows 10 Insider
       18 Mar 2015 #1

    Windows 10041 cannot update Windows Defender


    After install and first update of Windows Defender, I can not update Defender, getting error 0x800704ec. Anyone else seeing this problem and might have found a solution? Attempted both through Defender GUI and Settings Update. Neither work, say try again later.
    Last edited by Brink; 18 Mar 2015 at 20:12. Reason: corrected title
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  2. Posts : 89
    Windows 10 Duel booting with Windows 10 Insider
    Thread Starter
       19 Mar 2015 #2

    Todays system update resolved the matter, Defender now updating as expected.
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  3. Posts : 324
    Win 7 Pro/32, Win 10 Pro/64/32
       22 Mar 2015 #3

    And, who would really place the security of their PC in the hands of Windows Defender?

    I surely WON'T! Not when there are many FREE programs that can do the job so much better.

    Good luck Mate!

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  4. Posts : 804
    10 Pro Preview x64
       22 Mar 2015 #4

    TechnoMage said: View Post
    And, who would really place the security of their PC in the hands of Windows Defender?
    70% of people here Which free antivirus will you prefer to use with win 10? - Windows 10 Forums
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  5. Posts : 89
    Windows 10 Duel booting with Windows 10 Insider
    Thread Starter
       22 Mar 2015 #5

    TechnoMage said: View Post
    And, who would really place the security of their PC in the hands of Windows Defender?

    I surely WON'T! Not when there are many FREE programs that can do the job so much better.

    Good luck Mate!

    Mate,

    Not that it matters, but most venders do not support Windows 10 Tech Preview. So it might be expected that Windows Defender on a none critical machine would suffice. Since you care, I also use SRP (Software Restriction Policy) built into Professional. Thanks for your input though.
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  6. Posts : 8,291
    Windows 10 Professional
       22 Mar 2015 #6

    Since the advent of Windows 8, Windows Defender/Smart Screen Filtering fully integrated, I never pay attention to PC security!
    (*where'd I put that large chunk of wood!*)
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  7.    23 Mar 2015 #7

    TechnoMage said: View Post
    And, who would really place the security of their PC in the hands of Windows Defender?

    I surely WON'T! Not when there are many FREE programs that can do the job so much better.

    Good luck Mate!

    Hi there

    Chapter and verse please for that obviously total Bovine statement.

    Note : ANY comparative report on AV software is a load of Horses---te anyway since the results are compiled usually several WEEKS previously and in that interval things could have changed significantly.

    Windows defender is actually built in to the OS kernel which is changing from build to build. The 3rd party people don't have the time to stabilize any of their offerings during these release builds - and they don't have access to Windows kernel source.

    In any case these days people are far more likely to suffer FRAUD via SCAMS and "Look alike" web sites etc rather than Viruses. People have moved on -- there's more profit in SCAMMING than installing some miserable piece of malware on an old age pensioners computer.

    The whole FREE AV software market should have moved on by now - it's UN-NECESSARY and REDUNDANT. Windows defender works -- and even if you download Music / video from torrents, provided the files are not in archive (zip etc and are only in their native format I don't see how for example an .mp4 file could harm your computer even if did contain a virus as say VLC player either would not play it or would just treat the offending part as NOISE so how would the virus install itself on to your machine.

    Downloading the wrong software from some sites (deliberately designed to confuse people), accepting "toolbars" / other offers or running programs ostensibly looking for drivers or registry hacks are more likely to be a problem and if these are installed as LEGITIMATE windows programs how is any AV software looking for viruses going to detect it.

    There's so much FUD around Windows and AV software -- people need to know how an OS executes "executable files" - then they can make a sensible choice.

    I have been known to use torrents myself -- most recently was build 10036 which was leaked prior to build 10041. I have NEVER had a VIRUS and have only ever used the bog standard Ms stuff - MSE on W7 and Windows defender on W8/W10.

    (Note my remarks refer to HOME / Individual machines --protecting professional / corporate Networks is another issue entirely as other issues are in play there - however in those instances I suspect management would be protecting their networks by more robust means than some Free software).


    Cheers
    jimbo
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