How to Enable or Disable Windows Security in Windows 10

The Windows Security app is a client interface on Windows 10 version 1703 and later that makes it is easier for you to view and control the security protections you choose and better understand the security features already protecting you on your Windows 10 device.

Windows Defender Security Center has seven areas that protect your device and let you specify how you want your device protected:

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Windows Security app for all users in Windows 10.

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Note   Note
Windows Defender AV and the Windows Security app use similarly named services for specific purposes.

The Windows Security app uses the Windows Security Service (SecurityHealthService or Windows Security Health Service), which in turn utilizes the Security Center service (wscsvc) to ensure the app provides the most up-to-date information about the protection status on the endpoint, including protection offered by third-party antivirus products, Windows Defender Firewall, third-party firewalls, and other security protection.

These services do not affect the state of Windows Defender AV. Disabling or modifying these services will not disable Windows Defender AV, and will lead to a lowered protection state on the endpoint, even if you are using a third-party antivirus product.

Windows Defender AV will be disabled automatically when a third-party antivirus product is installed and kept up to date.

Disabling the Windows Security Center service will not disable Windows Defender AV or Windows Defender Firewall.
warning   Warning
It is highly recommended to not disable the Windows Security app.

This will significantly lower the protection of your device and could lead to malware infection.

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Here's How:

The downloadable .reg files below will modify the DWORD value in the registry keys below.

(Windows Defender Security Center Service)

(Security Center service)


2 = Enable
4 = Disable

1. Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.

 2. To Enable Windows Defender Security Center for All Users

This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.



 3. To Disable Windows Defender Security Center for All Users

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.



4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. Restart the computer to apply.

8. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.

That's it,