Windows Live OneCare 2.5 Now Available

Windows Live OneCare 2.5 Now Available

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Windows Live OneCare 2.5 is now available and I've got some information for both new and existing Windows Live OneCare subscribers regarding the Windows Live OneCare 2.5 release I'd like to share.

Beginning last week (July 1st to be exact) - existing Windows Live OneCare users (paid subscribers) began automatically receiving Windows Live OneCare 2.5. The Windows Live OneCare website also began offering Windows Live OneCare 2.5 for new users as well. If you are a Windows Live OneCare subscriber and have not yet been automatically updated, you can either wait until the update occurs or download the new version from the Windows Live OneCare website.

NOTE:  If you choose not to wait for the automatic update to occur and want to go ahead and "manually" update yourself via downloading the new version off the Windows Live OneCare website - you will need to uninstall the previous version first before Windows Live OneCare 2.5 will install. I had not been automatically upgraded so I chose to install manually on 1 of my PCs but the others were automatically updated soon after.

So what's new with Windows Live OneCare 2.5? As I stated previously, the Windows Live OneCare 2.5 release is mainly an "under-the-hood" release. That means all the improvements take place behind-the-scenes so you will not notice any major new features or changes to the overall UI. Windows Live OneCare 2.5 is an incremental release that highlights Microsoft's ongoing commitment to improving Windows Live OneCare for paying subscribers.

However, Windows Live OneCare 2.5 does bring some changes worth taking note of. Windows Live OneCare is now available in 3 new markets: Brazil, India and Hong Kong. Also, if you are using the Online Photo Backup feature in Windows Live OneCare, you will be pleased to see that online storage capacity has been increased from 10GB to 50GB! Online Photo Backup is an added benefit to Windows Live OneCare users where they can pay $50 a year (on top of their existing Windows Live OneCare subscription) to have their digital photos automatically backed up to the "cloud".

As a Windows Live OneCare user myself, I enjoy seeing updates to Windows Live OneCare even if they aren't major updates. The priority for me is simply keeping my PC protected.

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  • Duane Duane
    52463 Posts

    was very good thanks a share of such shares would be followed continuously

  • Duane Duane
    52463 Posts

    You can buy any version of Windows Live One Care and use it to renew your subscription because, when you start the new subscription, the newest version automatically downloads from Microsoft.  So when you buy version 1 or 2, you are really buying a new product key for another year's subscription.

  • Today I bought a boxed One Care at Costco. It was $39.99 with a $25 instant rebate. When I got home I started thinking about why the deep discount. Many times the discount applies to "last year's model" just before they go off the shelves.

    My current OneCare subscription expires December 3rd. My idea for buying it was to get a good price on another year of OneCare. I plan to hold on to it for the next three months and renew my subscription when the current one runs out.

    First, can I do this? I expect I can.

    Second, is there going to be a verison 3 that I would be locking myself out of?

    Thank you.

  • tri mom
    1 Posts

    OK I know I am in the wrong place, but I don't know where to go to get an answer to a pretty simple question. Why is it that with Vista when I create a shortcut on my desk top to a web site, it is only the IE generic icon that shows up, not the icon associated with that site. For instance Google, I get an IE icon inspead of the Google "G" as my shortcut. Not that I mind that much, but I do have a lot of shortcuts and I hate that they all look alike on Vista.

    Any advice would be appreciated!


  • Speaking of Onecare, the Microsoft Equipt service with OneCare bundled with Office seems like an interesting idea into a new pricing model.

    Hopefully Microsoft will have some exciting information from E3 tomorrow.

  • Ceinach
    45 Posts

    I would highly suggest to Microsoft to make this service free for Ultimate least provide a complimentary 1 year subscription.

    That way Vista Ultimate users won't feel completely/mostly ripped off and will finally get something of reasonable value. Seriously.

  • I am not a Windows Live One Care user, but if its a nice product, then Microsoft should try to bundle it with its OS. Security is not an option for Users, rather an important aspect for the OS to be stable.

  • BuckFix
    36 Posts
  • dovella
    303 Posts

    Great One Care!!!!

    Thx Brandon

  • Trix
    10 Posts

    I liked OneCare, until one day I uninstalled it. My computer got so much faster. I'm done with Anti Viruses, we shouldn't need them.

  • shellp
    8 Posts

    This makes my intentions of using OneCare an even better insentive when my current Security runs out! Especially with the Photo Storage option!