As you may already know, Windows 10 Creators Update comes with a new security dashboard app called "Windows Defender Security Center". It includes a number of options to control the security and health of your operating system. It includes the user interface to manage Windows Defender, but you can still access the classic Windows Defender desktop app.
Here is how Windows Defender Security Center looks like:
The app unifies many useful security options you might want to track and control. The user interface of the Windows Defender Security Center app comes with a toolbar on the left and the main area which occupies the rest of window area. For example, the Virus & threat protection page replaces the classic Windows Defender app.
The classic user interface of Windows Defender is still available. You can access it and use it if you like it more than Windows Defender Security Center. It is also useful when you completely disable Windows Defender Security Center. Here is how to open the classic UI.
To get Classic Windows Defender in Windows 10 Creators Update,
- Open File Explorer.
- Navigate to the folder c:\Program Files\Windows Defender\.
- Double-click the file MSASCui.exe to launch the familiar user interface:
If you are going to use it frequently, I recommend you to create a shortcut to launch the app.
Here is how.
Right click the empty space on your Desktop and select New - Shortcut in the context menu.
Use the full path to the MSASCui.exe file, meaning you must use c:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe as the shortcut target.
Name the shortcut as you wish. "Classic Windows Defender" or "Windows Defender (Classic)" are good names.
Besides having a familiar look, the classic Windows Defender supports a number of useful command line options.
MSASCui.exe -FullScan - performs a full scan. See Windows Defender Full Scan in Windows 10.
MSASCui.exe -QuickScan - performs a quick scan. See Create a shortcut for Windows Defender Quick Scan in Windows 10
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