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How to Enable Tamper Protection on Windows 10 Home

In this post, you will learn about how to enable Tamper Protection on Windows 10 Home. You can do that using the Windows Defender app.



In this post, you will learn about how to enable Tamper Protection on Windows 10 Home. Last year, Microsoft rolled out a new security feature called “Tamper Protection” for Windows Defender. It basically prevents important security features from being tampered. For example, this feature blocks any manipulation to system settings (like shutting down real-time protection) which are made using third-party tools or without using the official Windows 10 “Settings” app. Other examples include tampering with cloud-delivered protection, behavior monitoring, security updates, and so on.

Even though the feature was a great addition to Windows 10 security, it was only available to the Enterprise users. But now, Microsoft has started rolling this feature to all Windows 10 Home users as well. In order to get this feature, the user must be running Windows 10 Home version 1903 or newer and have installed the latest feature update.

Note: This feature is rolling out over time, so some Windows 10 Home users might not see the feature yet, but eventually it will be added for all Home users.

Here’s how to enable Tamper Protection.

How to Enable Tamper Protection on Windows 10 Home?

Step 1: To get started, the first thing you need to make sure that you’re running Windows 10 Home version 1903 or newer. To check that, simply search for “About My PC” in the Windows search bar or directly go to “System Properties”.

Step 2: After that, simply press the “Windows Key + I” to open the “Settings” application. Then navigate to “Update & Security → Windows Security”. Once you do that, you can see an “Open Windows Security” button at the top. Click on this button to proceed.

Step 3: Now, you will see different security options from which you need to choose “Virus & Threat Protection”. After that, you can see the “Tamper Protection” option in the list of features. Simply, toggle on the associated button and you’re done.

Step 4: To make the changes take effect, you would need to restart your PC. From that point onwards, the Tamper Protection will be enabled for your PC.

If you’re a registry freak like me, then you can also enable this option from the registry. To do that, you would need to open the Registry and navigate to the following path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Features

After that, find Tamper Protection setting on the right and change its data value to 1. That’s it.

*Enterprise can enable Tamper Protection via Microsoft Intune.


So, now you know how to leverage this great security feature of Windows 10. Enabling the Tamper Protection can help you prevent your PC from being hacked or tampered with. Microsoft is also planning to introduce this feature to older versions of Windows 10. Hope the day comes soon.

So, what’s your take on the Tamper Protection feature. Let us know it in the comments section below.

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