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    Hi. I cannot make my PC a hub. I only have one computer in my circle, and when I click on Manage your OneCare circle, there is no option to make it a hub, unlike the instructions say. How do I fix this?

     

    Thanks,

    John

    Sunday, February 3, 2008 10:04 PM

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  • If you only have a single computer, then you have no Circle and no need to create a hub. If you mean that you have one other PC, then you should be able to make the computer a hub.

     

    Manage your OneCare circle from a hub PC

    On a hub PC, you can monitor the status of other computers in your OneCare circle and perform high priority actions. You can't perform low priority actions, such as installing Microsoft Windows updates remotely, from a hub PC.

    Because a hub PC must be connected to the Internet to remain up to date and monitor the other computers in your OneCare circle, we recommend that you only make a computer a hub PC if it's frequently connected to the Internet.

    To make a computer a hub PC:
    1. Open Windows Live OneCare.
    2. Click Manage your OneCare circle.

      –or–

      If you've already set up a OneCare circle, click Your OneCare circle.

    3. Click Make this PC a hub PC.
    4. Enter the Windows Live ID that you used to install OneCare, and then click Sign in.
    To perform a remote action from a hub PC:
    1. Open OneCare.
    2. Click Your OneCare circle.
    3. Examine the Actions to take notices for the computers that are listed for your circle. Under the name of the computer that you want to perform an action on, in the Actions to take notice, click the appropriate action button.
    Notes
    • To stop using a computer as a hub PC, go to your OneCare circle area, click the dropdown arrow next to Details, and then click Stop using this PC as a hub PC.
    • You can have more than one hub PC in your circle.
    • You can only perform remote actions from a hub PC when the two computers are on the same local network. You can't perform remote actions over the Internet.
    • After you perform an action, the list of Actions to take is updated automatically on the hub PC and on the other computer.
    • If you remove a computer from your circle, it will no longer appear on the list of computers on your hub PC.

    -steve

    Monday, February 4, 2008 5:47 PM
    Moderator

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  • If you only have a single computer, then you have no Circle and no need to create a hub. If you mean that you have one other PC, then you should be able to make the computer a hub.

     

    Manage your OneCare circle from a hub PC

    On a hub PC, you can monitor the status of other computers in your OneCare circle and perform high priority actions. You can't perform low priority actions, such as installing Microsoft Windows updates remotely, from a hub PC.

    Because a hub PC must be connected to the Internet to remain up to date and monitor the other computers in your OneCare circle, we recommend that you only make a computer a hub PC if it's frequently connected to the Internet.

    To make a computer a hub PC:
    1. Open Windows Live OneCare.
    2. Click Manage your OneCare circle.

      –or–

      If you've already set up a OneCare circle, click Your OneCare circle.

    3. Click Make this PC a hub PC.
    4. Enter the Windows Live ID that you used to install OneCare, and then click Sign in.
    To perform a remote action from a hub PC:
    1. Open OneCare.
    2. Click Your OneCare circle.
    3. Examine the Actions to take notices for the computers that are listed for your circle. Under the name of the computer that you want to perform an action on, in the Actions to take notice, click the appropriate action button.
    Notes
    • To stop using a computer as a hub PC, go to your OneCare circle area, click the dropdown arrow next to Details, and then click Stop using this PC as a hub PC.
    • You can have more than one hub PC in your circle.
    • You can only perform remote actions from a hub PC when the two computers are on the same local network. You can't perform remote actions over the Internet.
    • After you perform an action, the list of Actions to take is updated automatically on the hub PC and on the other computer.
    • If you remove a computer from your circle, it will no longer appear on the list of computers on your hub PC.

    -steve

    Monday, February 4, 2008 5:47 PM
    Moderator
  • The problem is I can't complete a backup configuration unless it's a hub PC, according to the error message I get. How do I get around this?

    Tuesday, February 5, 2008 12:47 AM
  • Ah, when configuring backup, skip the option for centralized backup and it will be a backup for just that PC.

     

    Create a backup plan

    To help avoid losing important data, you should create a backup plan to back up your files regularly. You can create a separate plan for individual computers, or create a plan that uses a central backup device for all the computers in your OneCare circle. You can create a plan that uses a central backup device only from a hub PC.

    To create a backup plan:
    1. Open Windows Live OneCare.
    2. Under Quick links, click Change settings.
    3. On the Backup tab, click Configure backup.
    4. Do one of the following:
       Create a back up plan for a single computer
      1. If you're creating a backup plan for the first time on a hub PC, on the Change backup settings screen, click Skip this step.

        –or–

        If you're creating a backup plan for the first time on a computer that's not a hub PC, click Next. Otherwise, click Change settings.

      2. In the left column, click the computer that you want to create a backup plan for.
       Create a back up plan for your OneCare circle
      1. If you haven't created a OneCare circle, on the Change backup settings screen, click Use an existing device.

        –or–

        If you've created a OneCare circle, click Change settings.

      2. In the left column, click Backup plan for all PCs.
    5. Do one or more of the following:
       Select a location to back up your files to
      1. Next to Where, click Select location or Change location.
      2. Select a backup location, and then click OK.
       Select a backup schedule
      Next to When, select a frequency, day, and time.
       Select the files or folders that you want to include or exclude from your backup
      1. Next to What, click Change this.
      2. To exclude file categories from the backup, clear the appropriate check boxes. For information about the types of files that are included in each backup category, click the category that you want to learn more about.
      3. To exclude specific files or folders from the backup:
        1. Click Exclude certain folders and files.
        2. To exclude all the contents of a folder, in the left pane, find the folder that you want to exclude, and then clear the check box next to that folder.

          –or–

          To exclude specific files in a folder, in the left pane, click the appropriate folder. In the right pane, next to the file that you want to exclude, clear the check box.

        3. Click OK.
    6. Click Next.
    7. Review the plan, and then click Save.

      You are ready to back up your files.

    Tuesday, February 5, 2008 1:57 AM
    Moderator
  • That worked - thanks a million!

     

    - John

    Tuesday, February 5, 2008 8:41 AM
  • You're welcome, John. Glad it helped!

    -steve

    Tuesday, February 5, 2008 12:48 PM
    Moderator