Windows Live OneCare 2.0 launches

By Chris | In News | Posted November 15, 2007 7 comments

Today marks the launch of Windows Live OneCare 2.0, Microsoft’s 2nd revision of its all-in-one home computer management offering, combining anti-virus, firewall, spyware protection and backup software all into the same application.

So what’s new in this version?  According to a new OneCare 2.0 Reviewer’s Guide, quite a bit:

Security and Protection Technologies

·         Wi-Fi connection security (New)

·         Real-time and scheduled anti-malware scanning

·         Two-way managed firewall with automatic policy updates

·         Internet Explorer® 7 Phishing Filter integration

·         Microsoft Update integration

·         OneCare advisories

PC Performance Tuning and Optimization

·         Proactive fixes and recommendations for PC health (New)

·         Start-time optimizer/turn off unused programs (New)

·         Automatic disk defragmentation and hard drive cleanup

Data Backup and Restore

·         Centralized backup for multiple local networked PCs (New)

·         Online backup for photos (available at added cost) (New)

·         Full and differential backups for key file types, including music, photos and financial documents

·         Backs up to CD, DVD, external hard drive, local network drive and USB-connected devices

Network and Multi-PC Management

·         Multi-PC management and monitoring (New)

·         Automatic printer-sharing configuration (New)

·         Firewall Connection Wizard for complex connections

Reporting, Licensing and Support

·         Monthly report of service and results (New)

·         Free version upgrades over the course of the 12-month subscription

·         Telephone, chat and e-mail support

·         Freedom to install OneCare on up to three PCs

OneCare is available in 17 countries and 7 languages, at (unlike zuneoriginals which is well, disappointing for internationals).  Finally if you have any problems with the new release don’t forget the official Windows Live OneCare forums.

Posted November 15th, 2007 at 3:18 pm
Category: News
Tags: OneCare, Windows Live
  • TheVMaster

    Hmm..right now I can only download the old version (which will not work on a x64 Vista system)

  • Chris

    Yes the download is still at v1.6 unfortunately. Was hoping it’d update when the press release went out but no luck yet.

  • rodtrent

    Will the new version support x64???

  • JoeM

    Yes the new version will be 64bit, Tested and worked.

  • LosHavros

    I can’t WAIT till version 2.0 goes live! I’ve been interested in Onecare 2.0 for quite some time now as the changes look quite compelling

  • Chris
  • XanaX1mg

    It will auto update from 1.6 for me but I’m a tester so thats differant very. But anyhow according to microsofts email goto

    I think it is they most underrated all in one out and it smokes norton’s 360 I’m not schilling just telling my opinion I habve been using OneCare since 2005 first beta