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How long will Windows Live OneCare continue to operate after subscription expires? RRS feed

  • Question

  • My subscription was automatically extended by 6 months, but this expired 3 days ago.  However, OneCare still seems to be operating as before and is checking that virus and spyware definitions are up to date every morning and is running virus scans.

    How long will this contine and when do I need to uninstall and switch to a different program?

    Thanks.
    Monday, January 25, 2010 8:08 PM

Answers

  • The grace period used to be 30 days, but OneCare would then drop to reduced functionality mode - meaning no more manual tasks and then it would cease updating. Is OneCare in green status? Or is it in red status?
    -steve
    ~ Microsoft MVP Windows Live ~ Windows Live OneCare| Live Mesh|MS Security Essentials Forums Moderator ~
    Tuesday, January 26, 2010 1:34 AM
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  • The grace period used to be 30 days, but OneCare would then drop to reduced functionality mode - meaning no more manual tasks and then it would cease updating. Is OneCare in green status? Or is it in red status?
    -steve
    ~ Microsoft MVP Windows Live ~ Windows Live OneCare| Live Mesh|MS Security Essentials Forums Moderator ~
    Tuesday, January 26, 2010 1:34 AM
    Moderator
  • You can uninstall and get Microsoft Security Essentials, if desired. It's free. Link within this post: 

    http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/onecareinstallandactivate/thread/0000c782-ed1b-4ed3-8afb-87989bb9638c

    -steve


    ~ Microsoft MVP Windows Live ~ Windows Live OneCare| Live Mesh|MS Security Essentials Forums Moderator ~
    Tuesday, January 26, 2010 1:35 AM
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  • It is green.  In fact everything appears to be normal except that the note in the bottom left about the subscription status has disappeared.
    Tuesday, January 26, 2010 1:53 AM
  • Check your subscription status at https://billing.microsoft.com then.
    As long as it is green, you're still good to go. :-)
    -steve
    ~ Microsoft MVP Windows Live ~ Windows Live OneCare| Live Mesh|MS Security Essentials Forums Moderator ~
    Tuesday, January 26, 2010 12:53 PM
    Moderator