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    No Need to Install Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows 8

    After the release of Windows 8 Consumer Preview, lot many reviews started appearing on web. Some of them are really good, especially in talking about the new features and metro style apps. Apart from the visible features, Microsoft has also worked on the security enhancements of their operating system. As we know, malware and virus attacks are very common on Windows PC as compared to the other OS. It becomes necessary to install a third-party security application for protection from these attacks.

    Most of the branded Windows PC comes with pre-installed third-party software (either trial version of license of one year). After the expiration period, if the user doesn’t renew the package, the system becomes vulnerable. This is a very common issue with home or small business users.

    Couple of years ago, Microsoft released their own protection suite named ‘Microsoft Security Essentials’ which promised to protect from malware, virus attacks. It was not an easy task for Microsoft to provide the security level as high as other OS or even compete with the third-party services like Norton in online data theft protection. But the product was awesome and it got so many positive reviews on web even when it is available for FREE to use on computers running genuine windows copy.

    Microsoft Security Essentials

    Now from Windows 8 onwards, Microsoft Security Essentials will not be required, and even any third-party security suite will not be necessary for normal home PC security. The native security suite of Windows named ‘Windows Defender’ is now so much capable that there is no need of any other software for the same purpose.

    Windows 8 Consumer Preview Now Available For Download

    Microsoft has just released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview — which packs over 100,000 changes since the Developer Preview in September — for download here.

    Below are the links and SHA 1 hashes of the x64 and x86 version, in all of the languages that the build was released in:


    64-bit (x64) Download (3.3 GB) Sha 1 hash — 1288519C5035BCAC83CBFA23A33038CCF5522749

    32-bit (x86) Download (2.5 GB) Sha 1 hash —E91ED665B01A46F4344C36D9D88C8BF78E9A1B39

    Product Key: DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J

    Chinese (Simplified)

    64-bit (x64) Download (3.4 GB) Sha 1 hash — DF69B851F9A81DECBB16648CC452461894416EB0

    32-bit (x86) Download (2.6 GB) Sha 1 hash — E29A2072745A48C14A1C2E5A61F5230841BEDB45

    Product Key: DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J


    64-bit (x64) Download (3.3 GB) Sha 1 hash — A9358E6799ABEEF29EDBA054AD34849C02C7F51F

    32-bit (x86)

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