Cortex XDR - Windows Installation Instructions

Before You Begin

Uninstalling third-party antivirus products is recommended before installing and configuring these security tools.

These instructions and the provided installer are intended for personally owned devices. If you have a University-owned device, please contact your IT support person or the Help Center at


Installation Instructions

First, to download the correct installer for your computer, determine whether your computer is running on 32bit or 64bit.

  1. Open the "About" system setting by right-clicking the Start button and selecting "System".
  2. Under "Device specifications" in "About", look for your version under "System type".


To Install Cortex XDR:

  1. After the file has been downloaded, double click to run.
  2. It will unzip the files and start the install.
  3. After the installation is complete, restart your computer.


To Enable Defender Quick Scans on Windows 10:

  1. In the Windows search bar type "Virus & threat protection" and open the resulting Virus & threat protection system settings.
  2. Click on "Windows Defender Antivirus options".
  3. Toggle Periodic Scanning "On" and click "Yes" on the resulting User Account Control prompt from Windows.

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