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    Windows Update - Defender Now Uses the Same Update Settings

    I have Windows update set to notify me (but not install) updates to protect my system from bad updates. In Windows 7 for the Microsoft Security Essentials you could set the update preferences independently from Windows Update (and I had it set to update automatically). Now, apparently, Windows Update preferences also apply to Windows Defender. I don't have a problem with Windows Defender downloading and installing updates automatically (without my permission) but I don't want to do that for the Windows updates. Does anyone know if it is possible to separate the update preferences for these two components? Now, I just get a notification that Windows Updates are available and need to be installed - and it just turns out to be for Windows Defender - which I go ahead and approve. Given how often virus updates are available, this tends to be every time I turn on the PC. I know MS thinks we are all novice users who don't understand security, but this is not an improvement.

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    You can configure Windows Defender's def updates independently of WU through the task scheduler;
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    Thanks - that is just what I needed. I set it to run every time I log on - that works for me. That is a pretty obscure setting, though!

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