What is the best Microsoft antivirus product fully compatible with Windows 8?

Posted on 2012-08-16
Last Modified: 2013-11-22
What version of MS Forefront can be installed on Windows 8?

I have just installed Windows 8.

I tried to install Forefront 2010 (which I have installed on my Windows 7 operating systems).

However, I receive an error message that says "Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 cannot be installed on your operating system" (see the screenshot).

Is there a different version of Microsoft Forefront that is fully compatible with Windows 8?

Or is there a different Microsoft antivirus product such as System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection?

I want to use the strongest and best Microsoft antivirus product to protect my Windows 8 PC.
Question by:Knowledgeable
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    Assisted Solution

    You might see some service packs/hotfixes come out around October 26th when Windows 8 is actually released to retail.  Right now, it's only available on MSDN for developers to get their apps ready and to OEM's.
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    by:Sudeep Sharma
    Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Service Pack 1 for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and Endpoint Protection: an early release that features client management support for Windows 8, Mac OS X, Linux and Unix operating systems.
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    Accepted Solution

    Windows 8 has a build in antivirus solution (

    You can try Microsoft Security Essential ( but so far they are supporting Windows 7.

    So far nobody has a final product available for Windows 8.

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