How to get the old look Windows Defender back on Windows 10 v1703

Windows 10 Creators Update has got several enhancements. For instance, Windows Defender has got a complete makeover and a new UI called Windows Defender Security Center has taken its place, which includes other functions too. Talking about the user interface, it comes with almost everything that the older version came with. But there are some new categories such as Virus & Threat Protection, Device Performance & Health, Firewall & Network Protection, App & Browser Control, and Family options. Each of the category includes some more options to help protect your PC. However, if you want to use the classic old look Windows Defender, here is how to do that.

Get the old-look Windows Defender back

To get back the old look of Windows Defender, you need to create a shortcut of its executable file which is located in:

C:\Program Files\Windows Defender

An executable file called MSASCui.exe is what bring ups Windows Defender with the classic look. If you double-click on this file, Windows Defender will open with the old look.

If you wish to, you can create a desktop shortcut – if you need to open the same edition frequently.

So right-click on an empty space on your Desktop, select New > Shortcut. Enter the following path in the location field:

C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe

How to get old look of Windows Defender on Creators Update

Click Next and give it a name and finally save the shortcut. You may also give it a new icon. Now when you double-click on the newly created shortcut file, you can find Windows Defender with the old look.

Now when you double-click on the newly created shortcut file, you see Windows Defender with the old look open up.

Get the old look of Windows Defender back

If you open the old edition of Windows Defender, you may see a popup window like this-

How to get old look of Windows Defender on Creators Update

Basically, it asks users to enable Protection updates so that the antivirus can analyze every threat and provide you better protection.

One thing I noticed that when you run this classic Windows Defender file, it takes a while to open up.

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  1. Ziggy

    Was looking for something like this but on my gig it doesn’t work – get a white mostly blank interface with the message “not responding”. Tried multiple times but no go – any ideas why or to a possible fix? Thanks!

  2. I had to wait a long time for it to open; but it did open finally.

  3. Vancomycin-resistant enterococ

    I uninstalled my third party AV before I installed 1703, because I think Windows Defender is more than adequate now. Plus it offers some out right block settings for smart screen and some white list options under App settings (install from Windows store only)

    But yeah the security center interface could not be more boring.

    Is there any functional interference by using the old UI?

  4. Daniel Cavarretta

    It works for the most part, but I’m completely unable to view the history. As soon as I select “Quarantined items, Allowed items, or All detected items” and click “View details” it gives me an error that reads “Error loading type library/DLL.”
    Is there any way to fix this?? Being able to view the history easily is one of my main reasons for wanting the old version back.

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