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Does Microsoft Security Essentials work with Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2?

I currently have AVG Business Edition, but it's close to expiring. I don't want to pay $189 a year, but I also don't want to uninstall it and screw around with MSE just to find out that it doesn't work, and then have to crawl back to AVG 9.0.

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I'm 99% certain that MSE won't install on any of the Server products.

System Requirements:

Minimum system requirements for Microsoft Security Essentials

Operating System: Genuine Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or Service Pack 3); Windows Vista (Gold, Service Pack 1, or Service Pack 2); Windows 7

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+1 You are correct. You can change it to 100%. :) – DWong Feb 11 '10 at 19:02
has anyone tried? sometimes they say but it does anyway. (as for right now im just not going to F with it) but thanks – Crash893 Feb 11 '10 at 19:14
I've tried. It won't. – Chris_K Aug 16 '10 at 1:43
Just installed MSE version 2.0.657.0 on Server 2003 standard SP2. – JC. Feb 18 '11 at 21:26
And almost 3 years later someone decided to give it a downvote with no comment. THAT's what makes this site so special :-p – Chris_K Nov 22 '12 at 17:42

Since the version 2.0 release of Microsoft Security Essentials it will install on:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Home Server 2011

No official announcement was made however it will now safely install and the server check has been removed from the latest installer.

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No server 2003 in that list, though. It does work, but is it really supported? – Joel Coehoorn Sep 5 '11 at 1:21
I've just downloaded and installed on Server 2003, and it appears to be working fine. I doubt it's actually 'supported', heck, I can't even get the download page to work in IE6 that's installed, needed to install FF to get the download :) – Jay Jun 6 '13 at 2:51

If you want a free antivirus for server 2003 thats free i use Rising Free Antivirus, you can download a copy here.

This at least has a realtime scanner, whereas the only other free av to run on server 2003, clamav, does not.

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As Diago has stated Microsoft Security Essentials now installs on Server class products. RisingAV is also only free for personal use, most servers running Microsoft Server 2003 will not fall under that claasification. – Joe Taylor Mar 3 '11 at 15:33

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