Windows 10: Windows Defender icon not showing when system starts up
Are you saying that its not in the system tray at all? If you press the "^" does it show the icon there and then you can drag it to the system tray? If yes it is there then there is a simple thing to do to get it to appear in the system tray on its own.
No amount of playing with icon visibility settings will make Defender appear in the system tray at boot up. Microsoft don't want it to appear until it has something to say - just 'I'm here' apparently isn't worthy of a notification.
Almost from the first day of Windows 10 on 29th July last year, those of us who were used to seeing the reassuring icon of MSE in our system trays have complained that Defender doesn't appear there until it has something to say. Apparently this was by design, MS thought an icon appearing there that didn't have something to announce would be an unnecessary distraction.
edit: apparently MS have heard us. I'm told that in 1607 it does appear at startup (thanks, @bru)
The easiest way to get its icon to appear at startup is the manual one: open Defender yourself, this puts the icon there, where it will remain after you close it. Pin Defender to the taskbar to help you find it quickly.
The automatic way to get it there when you log on is to run the command:
Either have this as a shortcut in your startup folder or put it in the registry at:
Last edited by Bree; 24 Sep 2016 at 15:35.
There's an easier way. Well actually two.
1. Upgrade to 1607. The new Defender icon (a shield) shows at start up.
2. In 1511 you need to add it to the startup folder. I'll try and find the steps, its easy.
Here it is. Just drag the Defender shortcut icon into the Startup folder. Or better yet, upgrade to 1607.
1. Open File Explorer: Start Menu > File Explorer; and type (or copy and paste) shell:startup (user Startup folder) or shell:common startup (common Startup folder) into the Quick access box and hit the Enter key to open the Startup folder.
2. Make a shortcut icon for Defender on the desktop.
3. Then drag and drop the shortcut icon into the Startup folder. All done!
I added the Windows Defender shortcut to the Startup folder and it did startup along with the icon, but the whole entire Interface windows appears now...
I only need the icon to appear.
try adding /hide to the command line
Delete the icon you put in the startup folder. Select the first option ad follow the rest of the instructions.
"C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe" -hide
"C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe" -Update -hide
"C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe" -QuickScan -hide
"C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe" -UpdateandQuickScan -hide
1.) Select and copy the line for the option you want.
2.) Right-click on the desktop and select New > Shortcut and then paste the run line as the location (target), and name the shortcut.
3.) Open File Explorer: Start Menu > File Explorer; and type (or copy and paste) shell:startup (user Startup folder) or shell:common startup (common Startup folder) into the Quick access box to open the Startup folder.
4.) Then drag and drop the shortcut into the Startup folder. All done!
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