This is Vista SP2 I trust? I use that as my main OS and have both McAfee and WD turned on and no problems.
When installing McAfee WD is disabled by the installer but there's usually no issue with re-enabling it afterwards.
Have you had any other issues with Vista?
It is SP1.
No other issues with Vista and no issues with McAfee that I know of.
If McAfee disables WD when McAfee installs, shouldn't I be able to enable it?
As I understand, WD is actually a part of Vista and therefore cannot be uninstalled or reinstall by itself.
thanks for responding.
Yes you should be able to enable it but I suspect part of the reason you can't is because Vista SP1 is not supported by Microsoft. You must install SP2. There's help with that here: https://community.mcafee.com/thread/2019
Also you should have IE9 installed whether or not you use it, but worry about that after SP2 is installed.
I will look into SP2, although a bit concerned I would be adding to my problems rather than solving them.
If it was working before, why the change.
Also where would I "enable" it in the system? Via McAfee?
And with your last reply I just remembered, I now use Google Chrome rather than IE. I had way too many "not responding" events to suit my patience.
Control Panel > Security.
The point is that Vista SP1 isn't supported by Microsoft and therefore McAfee regards it as the minimum requirement. For your own security you need to be up to date.
There are some helpful hints on that link I gave to make it easier.
Regarding IE I wasn't saying you should be using it, just updating it. Some aspects of Windows rely on it as does the McAfee interface.
I successfully installed SP2. Used the stand alone, as referenced in your post.
Went to Control Panel > Security
Click on Defender: got the error> Application failed to initialize: 0x80070006. Handle Invalid.
This is the same error I have been getting.
I also, upon someone's suggest did:
services.msc (in the search box at Start)
That open the services dialog box. I was told I would see Defender there and could change one of its properties so it would run. Nothing was there, but other unrelated stuff.
Someone suggested I uninstall McAfee and Defender would automatically be enabled, but I don't like that option and it seems pointless.
So now I have Vista w/SP2 and McAfee, like you have. But nowhere can I find a place to enable defender.
What do you suggest next?
Well it's most likely a problem with Windows so I would also ask about it on Microsoft forums or maybe here, they are good at this sort of thing: http://www.vistax64.com/ under System Security
Here's a Tutorial on turning it on or off: http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/93118-windows-defender-off.html
& unable to turn it on: http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/218830-windows-defender-fix-unable-turn.html
BTW congrats on installing SP2, there are still lots of updates after that.