Remove Windows Defender from Vista System Startup

image Recently I discussed how to Disable Windows Defender for Microsoft Vista.  Going along with that topic, this groovy How To will show the simple step by step process for removing Windows Defender from the Windows Vista Startup process.

UPDATE – Since I wrote this article, I’ve written YET ANOTHER another article on the subject which works for both Vista and Windows Server 2008.  I find it’s a little simpler as well.  Take a look at it here: Disable Windows Defender Service.


Ok….  Back to this original article…


1.   Click Windows Start button, Type MSCONFIG in the Start Search box and Press the Enter key

Remove Windows Defender Vista


2.   Click Startup tab, Scroll down and UnCheck Windows Defender Startup Item. Click OK to Save config change

Remove Windows Defender Vista


3.   No need to reboot, Click Exist without restart

Remove Windows Defender Vista


Additional Information (on next boot):

Windows Vista monitors the use of MSCONFIG.  After you reboot and login, Vista will prompt you with a box explaining that you recently made a change and explaining how to back out the changes if desired.  Below is my recommended response to this Vista System Configuration Prompt.


4.   Check box Don’t show this message or start System Configuration when Windows starts and Click OK

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All done!  GROOVY 🙂


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