Windows Defender Not Starting

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    Peter T

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    Windows 8.1 Acer Predator G3-605

    I'm really at my wits end trying to get Windows defender to start. I've read all the posts I can find, uninstalled all the anti-virus software on my machine I can find etc. etc. etc. and still it won't start. Is there a piece of software out there I can run which will tell me 'why' Windows defender won't start so I can take apprpriate steps. It seems to me Microsoft should have a better reporting system than just ' Real time protection couldn't be turned on' . We got to the moon 50 years ago, surely we should be cleverer than this by now. I really don't want to re-install windows and all my software as this would take a couple of days tedious work.
     
    Peter T, Jan 16, 2019
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    I wonder if reinstalling the 2015 client update for Windows Defender might help. Is the Defender service "started"?
     
    Jody Thornton, Jan 21, 2019
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