How to set Antivirus Exclusions for Windows Defender on PC Running Windows 8.1 or Windows 10

1) Locate Windows Defender antivirus software in Windows 8.1 or Windows 10. For Windows 8.1 computers click the Start button > Search for "Windows Defender". The icon is a picture of a brick wall: 
In Windows 10 simply right click the icon from the status panel and click "open":
2) In Windows 8.1, disable Real-time protection from Settings > Real-time protection. Un-check the box and hit Save Changes:
In Windows 10 the screen will look like the screenshot below:
3) Now launch your web browser and navigate to the web console. Click on Settings > Downloads & Licensing and proceed to download and install the software.  When prompted to reboot the computer un-check the box to select "no" so the computer does not reboot.
4) Click on the "Help" tab on the bottom left of the window and then "Anti-virus Exclusions":
5) On the Anti-virus Exclusions page locate the path to exclude for your antivirus software:
6) Locate the folder path for exclusion depending on if this is a 32 or 64 Bit operating system (find this out here).
7) Return to Windows Defender and set the exclusion path found in step #5. Click Browse and locate the folder from above for Windows 8.1. Click "Add" and then "Save Changes":
In Windows 10 the Exclusion window will look like the screenshot below:
8) Once completed, then reboot the computer.

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