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Two quick questions

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1 & W10 Tech Priview

    Two quick questions


    I ordered a Dell laptop and it's supposed to be here soon.

    The laptop has McAfee installed and that will be the first thing to be uninstalled. What do I have to do to enable Defender (MSE) that is included with W8?

    I hope to use Macrium Reflect to image the HDD, early and often. Any reports of problems using Macrium?

    Thanks for any info... Drew

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  2. #2


    Posts : 153
    windows 8 pro x64


    I think windows 8 will automaticaly enable defender after uninstalling mcafee.

    I do use macrium and in my fairly old computer, macrium restore in ahci mode sometimes causes corrupted restore so I use ide mode for restore and then revert back to ahci mode after restore is finished.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    might as well use mcAfee until the trial is up ,i would while its free ,its rated a little higher for full protection than Defender ,mind you i don't use it ,i use defender because it free ,
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  4. #4


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    1. Make sure you uninstall McAfee with the McAfee removel tool - else you will have a lot of problems.

    2. Yes, the latest version of Free Macrium works with Windows 8. Rather than spending 2 hours to produce the WinPE restore disc, you can download the .iso from my Skydrive in a few minutes: https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=475a0...A6D4035%211812

    Burn the .iso to CD. You can also use it to make images.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 2,156
    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Quote Originally Posted by Bumpkin View Post
    I ordered a Dell laptop and it's supposed to be here soon.

    The laptop has McAfee installed and that will be the first thing to be uninstalled. What do I have to do to enable Defender (MSE) that is included with W8?

    I hope to use Macrium Reflect to image the HDD, early and often. Any reports of problems using Macrium?

    Thanks for any info... Drew
    I too would uninstall McAfee. I would use this McAfee tool if it applies to your McAfee installation. You want to get McAfee as completely uninstalled as possible. As said above, Windows Defender (WD) should turn on automatically if no other AV is installed. If you have problems with WD, then look in the notifications area. You could supplement WD with Malwarebytes. I have heard only good things about Macrium--same with Paragon.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 20
    Windows 8.1 & W10 Tech Priview


    @ ecevit - I found a thread here saying Defender would start after removing the existing AV.

    @ caperjack - McAfee is only a 30 day trial, might as well dump it!

    @ znod - I'll be sure to download and use the uninstall program.

    @ whs - Good to see you have made a WinPE .iso of the latest Macrium version, I have been using the previous version you made available on your Skydrive account.

    Thanks for the information guys! I'll get on this project as soon as I get Classic Shell installed!
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  7. #7


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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    You are welcome. And, good luck.
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  8. #8


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    @ whs - Good to see you have made a WinPE .iso of the latest Macrium version, I have been using the previous version you made available on your Skydrive account.
    Good. I am glad it can help you.
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