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Increase Windows Defender Cloud Protection Level for Windows 10 Home

We previously showed you how to increase the Windows Defender Cloud protection level for Windows 10 Pro using Group Policy. Since then many of you have asked how to do the same thing with Windows 10 Home. Since the Home version of Windows 10 doesn’t include Group Policy you’ll need to make some changes in the Registry. Here’s how to do it.

Note: This article is geared toward experienced users who might manage a small production environment. Remember, if you do something incorrectly in the Registry, your PC can become unstable or stop working altogether. Before making any changes be sure to make a full backup of your drive. Also, keep in mind that you need to be running Windows 10 Version 1703 or higher.

Increase Windows Defender Cloud Protection Level for Windows 10 Home

Just like with Windows 10 Pro and using Group Policy, the first thing you need to do is join Microsoft MAPS to allow collection of data about threats and definitions.

To start, use the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + R to bring up the Run dialog and type: regedit and hit Enter or click OK.

Run Dialog

Now navigate to the following path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender

Right-click on the Windows Defender key and select New > Key.

2 new key

Name the new key Spynet and in the right pane create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it SpynetReporting and give it a value of 2.

spynetReporting

Now that you’ve joined your system to MAPS you can increase the cloud protection level to high. Staying in the same location of the Registry, right-click on the Windows Defender key again and create a new key and name it MpEngine.

mpengine

In the right pane of MpEngine, create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it MpCloudBlockLevel and give it a value of 2.

mpcloudblocklevel

That’s it. You shouldn’t need to log out or restart your system, just close out of the Registry. Keep in mind that with the higher level enabled, Windows Defender will block and scan files more frequently. While increasing security, it also means you’ll get more false positives on apps you know are safe. If you want to revert back to the normal protection level, just go in and delete the keys you created.

If you have increased the Windows Defender Cloud protection level on your Windows 10 PC leave a comment below and let us know how things are going. Or, for more in-depth conversation make sure to join our Windows 10 Forums.

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