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How To Install Windows Live OneCare in XP, Vista and Windows 7

written by: Lucinda Watrous•edited by: Rebecca Scudder•updated: 2/16/2010

Windows Live OneCare is an all inclusive software for computer security needs. Keep reading to find out about the software, and how to install it on your computer system.

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    About LiveCare

    Microsoft Windows Live OneCare is another security and computer protection suite that offers anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall, online identity protection, and more. You can even take care of more than one computer, and share your printer with this application. There's a 90 day free trial available on the Windows Live website.

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    Things You'll Need Before Installing

    • Windows
    • Internet Explorer
    • Internet Connection
    • $49.95/year for up to three computers to continue after the 90-day trial.
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    Step One

    Visit Windows Live OneCare to begin. You can see a demo of the services, and read more about what Windows Live OneCare has to offer before choosing to use it. There's even the option to get a free PC safety scan, from someone you can trust, rather than those pesky ads that harm your computer. To take advantage of the free scanner, make sure you are using Internet Explorer (it won't work with FireFox) and install the ActiveX control to allow the scanner to install. Also, be sure that you have pop-up blockers disabled, because the scanner will open in a pop-up Window.

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    Step Two

    Watch the Demo to see if you are going to be able to utilize the software. If so, you can download the 90-day trial, and follow the on-screen instructions to install. Make sure that you have un-installed or disabled any other anti-virus programs. They will cause a conflict with Windows Live OneCare, and create issues for your system.

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    Step Three

    Running the program is simple. It works much like any other anti-virus program you've used. Configure your settings to allow programs that are safe to access the Internet. If you decide you want to purchase the program, opt to do so using your Windows Live OneCare account, and the payment method of your choice.

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    Tips, Warnings, and Other Information

    • You can maintain everything online! You can add computers, activate or renew subscriptions, and even change your information with your Windows Live account.
    • Price may vary depending on the country you live in. This price reflects the United States.
    • More information on this product is available at Windows Live OneCare Review