New CU Windows Defender interface

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  1. Posts : 2,763
    Windows 10 Home x64
       #1

    New CU Windows Defender interface


    What do you guys think? I don't like it at all. It feels awkward and uncomfortable to navigate. When you need to specify some advanced options (like exceptions for instance) is a real PITA and not very straightforward.
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  2. Posts : 4,594
    Windows 10 Pro
       #2

    I don`t really like it either, too much change. The original Defender layout was fine.
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  3. Posts : 5,478
    2004
       #3

    It annoys me too a bit.. It is designed to look integrated but it isn't which is confusing.

    • You can't open it easily from the taskbar (it is probably a bug you have to right click but never mind).
    • The UI is designed to look like it is part of settings app. But it isn't. You search for "Defender" in Settings and find nothing.
    • The default notifications saying "All is Well" annoy me and you have to turn them off in defender settings (not easy to find) rather than in the normal place. Why send a notification that all is fine anyway? Send a notification only if there is a problem!
    • The icon is a bit ugly and has a non standard way of disabling.


    What they should have done is changed the underlying program at the same time as the UI - not the UI first.

    If UI must be changed first at least they could have made it a different colour (green was OK :) ) so it is clear it is not part of the OS and should be treated as a separate app.
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  4. Posts : 4,594
    Windows 10 Pro
       #4

    Ya like why is Fresh Start a part of Windows Defender ?

    I can only see accidents happening with that.

    Are these changes coming from user feedback or what
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  5. Posts : 5,478
    2004
       #5

    I'm not against a unified UI and MS will move everything eventually from old style into new. It is even OK they do it piecemeal which is why you get the jarring jump from settings into old control panel while they do it.

    The problem with Defender is they have just put a (inefficient) skin on top of the old program.
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  6. Posts : 25,034
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #6

    The old green UI is still available, though it takes up to a minute to open now.
    Create Windows Defender Antivirus Shortcut in Windows 10
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  7. Posts : 118
    Windows 10 v1809
       #7

    lx07 said:
    • You can't open it easily from the taskbar (it is probably a bug you have to right click but never mind).
    • The UI is designed to look like it is part of settings app. But it isn't. You search for "Defender" in Settings and find nothing.

    Yes it is a bug, Microsoft is already working on it, I've got an answer from MS engineer on my feedback in FH regarding this and it's already noted in the known issues for latest Insider preview build 16170. The UI is just UWP based UI, nothing to do with Settings, however you can find a link to Windows defender app under Windows update.

    Yes, UI is a bit uncomfortable but it will be fine over time, give it a time.
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  8. Posts : 5,478
    2004
       #8

    eddward said:
    Yes, UI is a bit uncomfortable but it will be fine over time, give it a time.
    OK.

    How about I don't mention it is rubbish until next week.

    Despite the fact it was OK last week...
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  9. Posts : 25,682
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.160
       #9

    They designed it as it is so users will not find it easy to fool with it.
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  10. Posts : 5,478
    2004
       #10

    Josey Wales said:
    They designed it as it is so users will not find it easy to fool with it.
    Heh, I think you are right there Sir :)
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