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Windows Live OneCare for Vista enters beta

October 9th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

As I’m sure you’ve heard already, Windows Live OneCare for Windows Vista has entered beta. It’s not directly for Vista, however it will be compatible with Vista. Windows Live OneCare 1.5 is the “R2” if you like, of the original codebase enabling better features as well as advanced security and support for the Windows Vista (NT 6.0) codebase.

As usual, it’ll have an anti-virus, anti-spyware protection as well as a better and advanced firewall protection. Some of the countries involved in the beta include Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, UK, and of course the United States (what a surprise!).

It lets you have a one-click glance of your entire system – it enables the Phishing filter in Windows Internet Explorer 7 as well as advanced security features of Windows Vista. It also lets you backup files and settings to a network drive and external hard drives (hurrah!!) and even provides you with solutions to problems that you might be having; not to mention the ol’ tune-up wizard letting you click-once and leave your computer for a while to come back to it after it having removed old files, defrag’d your hard disks and virus checked.

The greatest part of Windows Live OneCare is that it’s fully compatible with Windows Vista RC1 and above. It’s noted that the recommended that you test using RC1 and not RC2 because obviously it’s a slower process than the Vista beta; they need to build the new version of OneCare around the codebase of Vista.

Feel free to apply for the beta at Windows Live Ideas – if you’re accepted, an email will be shot of to you within a week to a fortnight.


Posted in Beta News, Windows Live, Windows Vista | 4 Comments »

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4 Responses

  1. someone Says:

    They should change that “tune-up” spanner icon. It looks like it’s from 1990s.

  2. Zack Whittaker Says:

    It certainly does… but modern spanners look like that too 😉

  3. Dave Hero Says:

    I can’t find out how long the trial/beta lasts for?

  4. Dave Hero Says:

    In reply to myslef. It’s a 180 trial before you need to activate/pay for it.