How to Enable or Disable Windows Security in Windows 10

The Windows Defender Security Center 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.

In Windows 10 version 1709, Microsoft increased the scope of the app to also show information from third-party antivirus and firewall apps.

Windows Defender Security Center has seven areas that protect your device and let you specify how you want your device protected:
  • Virus & threat protection - Monitor threats to your device, run scans, and get updates to help detect the latest threats. In Windows 10 version 1709, the section also provides configuration options for Controlled folder access.
  • Account protection - Makes it easier for users to protect their identity when signing in to Windows with the new Account Protection pillar in Windows Defender Security Center. Account Protection will encourage password users to set up Windows Hello Face, Fingerprint or PIN for faster sign in, and will notify Dynamic lock users if Dynamic lock has stopped working because their phone or device Bluetooth is off.
  • Firewall & network protection - Manage the settings for Windows Defender Firewall, and monitor what’s happening with your networks and Internet connections.
  • App & browser control - Lets you use Windows Defender SmartScreen to help protect your device against potentially dangerous apps, files, sites, and downloads. Also provides exploit protection where you can customize protection settings for your devices. In Windows 10 version 1709, the section also provides configuration options for Exploit protection.
  • Device security - Gives you greater insight into the security features integrated in your Windows device. The Device Security page provides you with status reporting and management of security features built into your devices – including toggling features on to provide enhanced protections.
  • Device performance & health - See status about your device’s performance health and keep your device clean and up to date with the latest version of Windows 10.
  • Family options - Provides easy access to managing your childrens’ online experiences and the devices in your household.

Starting with Windows 10 build 17661, Windows Defender Security Center is now called Windows Security.

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

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

The Windows Defender Security Center app uses the Windows Defender Security Center Service (SecurityHealthService or Windows Security Health Servce), 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 Defender Security Center.

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,