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How to Turn On or Off Windows Defender Enhanced Notifications in Windows 10

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Windows Defender helps protect your PC against malware (malicious software) like viruses, spyware, and other potentially unwanted software. Malware can infect your PC without your knowledge: it might install itself from an email message, when you connect to the Internet, or when you install certain apps using a USB flash drive, CD, DVD, or other removable media. Some malware can also be programmed to run at unexpected times, not only when it's installed.

Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14332, Windows Defender sends enhanced notifications to ensure you are informed about the health of your PC. Additionally, you'll always continue receiving critical notifications for issues requiring immediate attention.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Windows Defender enhanced notifications on your Windows 10 PC.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to turn on or off Windows Defender enhanced notifications.

Note   Note
The Windows Defender enhanced notifications setting modifies the DWORD value in the registry key below. By default, the Reporting key is owned by "System", and you cannot modify the DWORD below unless you take ownership of the Reporting key first.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Reporting

DisableEnhancedNotifications DWORD

0 = On
1 = Off


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Here's How:

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Update & security icon.
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Starting with Windows 10 build 15042, you will need to open the Windows Defender Security Center app instead, click/tap on the Settings icon at the bottom left, turn on (default) or off Receive recent activity and scan results for what you want, and click/tap on the Yes when prompted by UAC to approve.

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2. Click/tap on Windows Defender on the left side, and turn on (default) or off Enhanced notifications on the right side for what you want. (see screenshot below)

3. You can now close Settings if you like.

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That's it,
Shawn