So you’ve got a rough idea of what to expect when you install Windows Live OneCare, here are some of the steps the install wizard will go through.
Reminder: if you tried out OneCare for the free 90-day period, you’ll probably get an email with an invite to install the new, full version at the special discount price of $39.95 (Australian dollars; up to 3 computers). If you didn’t try the free version, go to http://get.live.com/onecare/introCC1 to get the special discount price (available until Feb 12).
webDotWiz clicked the link in the email he received, Special offer for Beta participants and was taken to a page where he selected his language/country.
After signing in to his Windows Live ID, he had to drag out his dust-covered credit card and give all the necessary details. Then the download and install started – the page gives you the estimated time and it’s pretty accurate.
Now like all good webDotWizards, webDotWiz has been using AVG Free for virus protection and Windows Defender to ward off spyware. OneCare knows about AVG Free and it’ll popup to tell you it’s going to remove it. After AVG Free goes through it’s removal process, untick the box that AVG shows because it wants to restart your computer. Don’t worry because after you’ve unticked that box and you come back to the OneCare install screen, OneCare tells you to restart – just click to Finish and it’ll do it.
After your computer restarts, OneCare will prompt you to finish installing online. You’ll get a Good status (in bright, shiny green).
A few seconds later you’ll be prompted to Activate your subscription – click the button to do so.
You’ll have to give a name for your computer (if you’ve got a home network you may not have to do this because your computers will each have a name).
Sign in again to your Windows Live ID and OneCare goes off to check if you’ve got an existing OneCare account. After a bit, OneCare will be happy and you’re activiated.