No new definitions or updates are available for Forefront Client Security? Try Microsoft Update

I’ve seen this problem before on my Windows 7 machines but I thought it was a Windows 7 issue… now I’ve experienced it in a Windows XP virtual machine and so I thought I’d blog it here.

After installing Forefront Client Security (FCS) (the next version of which will be known as Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010), Windows complains that it’s antivirus protection is out of date (and it is – the definitions date back to 2006) but Forefront says there are no updates.

No new definitions or updates are available for Microsoft Forefront Client Security

To resolve this, visit Windows Update and elect to use Microsoft Update instead. After the update settings are changed, FCS works out that there are some downloads available (and directs you to the Microsoft Update Catalog) but if you ignore that and let Microsoft Update run its course, FCS is updated automatically and no further intervention is required.

3 thoughts on “No new definitions or updates are available for Forefront Client Security? Try Microsoft Update


  1. What is the process for fixing this in Windows 7? As you don’t have the choice to use Microsoft Update but instead have to use Windows Update within the Control Panel?


  2. @Brodie i’m not working on a Windows 7 machine as I type this so I can’t tell you the exact steps but Windows Update in Windows 7 can be configured to download updates for additional products (i.e. To use the Microsoft Update servers within the Windows Update functionality.

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