Upgrading to a newer version

New versions of ESET File Security are issued to provide improvements or fix issues that cannot be resolved by automatic updates of program modules.

Upgrade methods:

Uninstall / Install - Removing the older version before installing the new one. Download the latest version of ESET File Security. Export settings from your existing ESET File Security if you want to preserve configuration. Uninstall ESET File Security and restart the server. Perform a fresh installation with the installer you have downloaded. Import settings to load your configuration. We recommend this procedure if you have a single server running ESET File Security.

In-place - An upgrade method without removing the existing version and installing the new ESET File Security over it.


It is necessary that you have no pending Windows Updates on your server, as well as no pending restart due to Windows Updates or for any other reason. If you try performing in-place upgrade with a pending Windows Updates or restart, the existing version of ESET File Security may not be removed correctly. You will also experience problems if you decide to remove the old version of ESET File Security manually afterward.


A server restart will be required during the upgrade of ESET File Security.

Remote - For use in large network environments managed by ESET Security Management Center. This is basically a clean upgrade method, but carried out remotely. It is useful if you have multiple servers running ESET File Security.

ESET Cluster wizard - Can also be used as an upgrade method. We recommend this method for 2 or more servers with ESET File Security. This is basically an in-place upgrade method, but carried out via ESET Cluster. Once the upgrade is completed, you can continue using ESET Cluster and take advantage of its features.


Once you've upgraded your ESET File Security, we recommend you to go through all the settings to make sure it is configured correctly and according to your needs.