Q. How can I download a version of Microsoft Security Essentials for an architecture or OS other than that of my local desktop?

A. If you visit the Security Essentials site, you'll see a Download Now button. Depending on your browser, clicking this link will likely detect your local OS and architecture and give a matching download. If you want to download Security Essentials for a different version or architecture of Windows, click the "Locales and languages" link under the Download Now button, which opens up the ability to download other versions, as shown here.

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In some browsers, you'll see these options when you click the Download Now button.

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