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Install Windows Defender via GPO, access is denied error message after installation.

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My company is attempting to role out Windows Defender via GPO. I have the proper security settings on the share folder, UNC path in the policy is correct and it is being installed by computer. The application will install, but it will also display an "access is denied" error message, yet the application still functions normally, searching for updates and then running a quick scan. After a subsequent restart, when you try to run Defender, that same error comes up and this time Defender will not open. Restarting the service did not help either.

I have searched the site, but it is seems no one is having my particular problem. Thanks!

Brandon G
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by:johnb6767
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Process Monitor v1.1
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/ProcessesAndThreads/processmonitor.mspx

See if you can run that (set the filter to defender's .exe, and highlight "Access Denied", so the denials of the Filesystem or  registry should appear in color.....
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by:hvapro
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Which property do I select to highlight "Access Denied"? I am able to filter by the Defender process but not sure about the other one. I appreciate the assistance. I installed Defender, but the Access Denied box only only came up the first time, and after 3 restarts it hasn't returned. Weird.
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In the filter........just fill in the blanks to make the top line look like this.....

Result Is Access Denied then Include

then click Add, and OK.
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by:hvapro
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Well, I have done as you suggested and nothing displays after I filter for Access Denied. It reinstalled over the weekend, and after logging in this morning, it will not allow me to open the application.
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by:Adminicle
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I too seem to be having the same issues. I have read about changing the MSI package it self but that didnt work either.

I have resorted back to installing it manually
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by:hvapro
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Update: I tried to run it as a batch startup script through Group Policy, but it still gives me the access denied error. Doing a repair on the install *seems* to fix the issue, as that error message has not returned.

Admincle, I tried modifying the MSI as well but I never was able to get it to work.
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by:Adminicle
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I've given up on this and will be installing it manually. Only got about 20 machines to do so no big deal.

Would like to know the issue but hey
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Ok I had another go at this issue. I have got it working now. Here is what I did

Downloaded the latest version of Beta 2.

Very Importent bit this. didnt do this last time:
Create a Administrative installation by running msiexec /A "c:\WDM\WindowsDefender.msi"
c:\WDM\WindowsDefender.msi is the location of the existing file
installation wizard pops up and you will be asked the location of the install. say C:\WDM\temp
now you will be left with some folders and a new MSI.

Open the new MSI with Orca and remove the following:
CustomAction - CHECK_WGA
CustomAction - OtherWGAError
CustomAction - OpenURL
CustomAction - LAUNCH_MY_PROGRAM_PLEASE
InstallExecuteSequence - CHECK_WGA
InstallExecuteSequence - OtherWGAError
InstallExecuteSequence - LAUNCH_MY_PROGRAM_PLEASE

and change theses:

Property - LAUNCHPROGRAM = 1 to Property - LAUNCHPROGRAM = 0
Property - AgreeToLicense must be set to "No" to Property - AgreeToLicense must be set to "Yes"

Once you have done all the above. Save the new MSI and deploy via GPO.
Works a treat with mine now plus it updates with no errors.

Hope this helps

Adminicle ;)
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by:hvapro
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Does it have to be beta 2 or just the official release? I will try your method later.
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by:Adminicle
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Used the official release first but forgot to setup the msi as admin install! might work but the beta2 did for me in the end!

Hope it works
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by:hvapro
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Adminicle, your method seems to have overcome our problem. I followed your instructions except where ORCA did not have the item listed. I think OtherWGAError was missing, but that could be due to differences between beta 2 and the final release. I have restarted my test system 3 times and I do not get any access denied errors. I think you figured it out! I will respond in a few days.
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by:Adminicle
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Excellent. Im glad I could help.
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by:Adminicle
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How did you get on? all working
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Adminicle,

Your method was the solution! My test machine seems to be running fine. Thanks!
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by:lawson2305
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On official release these are not present:

CustomAction - OtherWGAError
InstallExecuteSequence - CHECK_WGA
InstallExecuteSequence - OtherWGAError

Removed and made all other changes and have not verified it works.
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