Demo: Windows Live OneCare 2.0

Demo: Windows Live OneCare 2.0

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Last week Nick announced that the Windows Live OneCare 2.0 Beta Program has begun. Windows Live OneCare 2.0 is the next major release of Microsoft's all-in-one PC protection program. Windows Live OneCare not only protects users from viruses and spyware, but also helps users make sure their important data is backed up and that their PC's are updated with the latest updates from Windows Update.

Chris Overd over at LiveSide briefly touches upon features within Windows Live OneCare 2.0 such as Multi-PC support with your OneCare Circle, Centralized Backup, and the upcoming online photo backup service. However I took some time to record a little demo video showcasing some of Windows Live OneCare 2.0's new features including the new PC startup management tool and the OneCare Circle.

Video: Windows Live OneCare 2.0 Demo

You will notice that in the demo, I didn't touch upon Windows Live OneCare 2.0's new Centralized Backup feature. That is because my PC's on my home network have all their backups managed by Windows Home Server, which was released to manufacturing earlier this week. Windows Live OneCare 2.0 takes into account PC's being backed up to a Windows Home Server. But more on Windows Home Server at a later date.

So just how does Windows Live OneCare 2.0 work with Windows Vista specifically? Windows Live OneCare 2.0 takes advantage of Windows Vista's Network Locations (Private VS Public) and protection levels with its firewall settings. Windows Live OneCare 2.0 ensures protection for your PC depending on your Network Location. Windows Live OneCare 2.0 uses Windows Vista's networking features to help protect the user's PC.

This is just the beginning of the beta program for Windows Live OneCare 2.0 Beta Program. Expect Windows Live OneCare 2.0 to evolve throughout the beta.

Expect this demo video to be the first of many demo videos to come on a variety of topics!

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  • jrblax
    1 Posts

    the firewall is still a pain in the neck. i cannot get the pcs on my network to open folders that are shared. there needs to be a faster and easier setup for wired and wireless network setup.

  • I am trying the LOC 2.0 beta on a HP running ultimate.  My only comment is kind of off but on topic.  Running ultimate the tune-up on ultimate 64 is pretty transparent. I don't even know it is running.  With my old XP OS you might as well go to bed.


  • Great idea Molly!

    I would like to see the ability to select an internal drive (other than C:) as the destination for the backup data. You can select an internal drive with the Backup and Restore Center in Vista Ulitmate; you can't with One Care.  There also should be an option whereby the user can include/exclude drives to be scanned/tuned.

    Ver. 2.0 offers some features I will absolutely use!



  • mollyfud
    11 Posts

    Would be a nice PR move if you guys gave this to the Vista Ultimate customers seeings as you have under delivered on the Ultimate Extras!!



  • roteague
    26 Posts

    Thanks for the update. I hope this product continues to improve. However, I have installed the 2.0 Beta and has two of the same issues I found with earler versions (and the reason I use Norton): lack of spam filtering (sorry, Outlooks spam filter isn't very good) and the virus scan is horribly slow - I run this on a laptop and don't like having to keep my laptop running for 4+ hours to do a simple scan (that Norton completes in 20 minutes).

  • Titan602
    34 Posts

    Nice! I think it would look nicer if the UI was more like Windows Live Mail though!