Windows Vista forum

General discussion

Need help! Trying to install Windows Security Essentials

by kevinallen12 / December 26, 2012 3:24 AM PST

Trying to install Windows Security Essentials on my Acer Aspire 5610

"Please wait while this wizard in stalls security essentials on your computer. This might taks a few minutes"..... ummm it has been four hours so far......

Post a reply
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Need help! Trying to install Windows Security Essentials
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Need help! Trying to install Windows Security Essentials
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Re: install Windows Security Essentials
by Kees_B Forum moderator / December 26, 2012 3:28 AM PST

You can try doing it in Safe Mode. Might make a difference. If it still doesn't work, find another free antivirus like Avast or Avira. They are considered to be better than MSE.


Collapse -
Cancel the install and try again
by wpgwpg / December 26, 2012 3:32 AM PST

Obviously you're going to have to cancel that install one way or another. Have you uninstalled any other antivirus program you have? If not, you need to do that. If you have, then I'd recommend what's called a "clean boot". Hold down the Windows key and press R. Type in MSCONFIG and click the Startup tab. Make a note of what's checked, then uncheck everything. Then reboot and retry installing MSE. If that doesn't work, you'll need more remedial steps, but try the clean boot first and see if it works. If it does, you can go back to MSCONFIG and re-check what was checked to start.

Good luck.

Popular Forums
Computer Help 49,613 discussions
Computer Newbies 10,349 discussions
Laptops 19,436 discussions
Security 30,426 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 20,308 discussions
Windows 10 360 discussions
Phones 15,802 discussions
Windows 7 7,351 discussions
Networking & Wireless 14,641 discussions


Big screens for the big game

Still looking for the best TV deals ahead of Sunday's game? Here are our top three big screen picks.