Why you should disable McAfee before updating Windows 10

By: Radu Tyrsina
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Experienced users recommend switching McAfee off before upgrading to Windows 10, 8.1 in order to avoid software corruption issues. Check out this guide to learn more about this problem.

After switching to Windows 10, I never bothered to install another third-party antivirus since it seemed to me that Windows Update is doing its job pretty well. After switching to Windows 10, I’ve kept my decision and I can say I’m satisfied. But this doesn’t mean you should do the same thing – if you’re a loyal user of a certain antivirus software, such as McAfee, then you should keep on using it.

But, according to some power user in McAfee forums, before updating to Windows 10, or 8.1 for that matter, it is advised that you uninstall or at least disable McAfee. This should be done in order to avoid possible corruption of the software. Of course, this is a safety tip and it doesn’t mean that if you don’t disable or uninstall McAfee prior to the Windows 10, 8.1 update, you will definitely corrupt your antivirus. It could happen for some, though. A moderator from McAfee support forums said the following:

Well the advice is only as a precaution and is the same advice – at least disable it – we give to anyone upgrading anything or installing service packs for instance.  As long as SecurityCenter shows ‘green’ and says it is protecting, then you are fine.

As a quick reminder, this problem affected many Windows 10 Anniversary Update users soon after they installed this OS version. Unfortunately, a few years later, this issue still persists. Quite a few Windows 10 April Update users confirmed this piece of information.

Keep in mind that not all McAfee security software solutions are compatible with the latest Windows 10 OS versions. For more information about Windows 10‘s compatibility with McAfee products, go to McAfee’s support page. Before you hit the update button, make sure that your current McAfee product supports the Windows 10 version that you’re planning to install.

So, you better stick to this tip just to make sure you don’t get into any unpleasant situations. Are you using McAfee in Windows 10, 8 or you are sticking with another antivirus? And if so, then what are its advantages? Let us know by leaving your comment below.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2013 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.

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