Activation in a country where only Beta is supported RRS feed

  • Question


    I purchased OneCare in the US, and try to activate in Turkey. I am forwarded to a Turkish site, which is advertising free beta version of the product.

    I vaguely remember a support post, suggesting sending live ID, password and product key to a friend in a supported country. I thought of something similar: using VPN to our US office, and registering myself.

    My IP became a US IP, however, I could not outsmart some Microsoft tool on my PC, I ended up in the same Turkish site.

    Any suggestions?

    Thursday, December 13, 2007 8:42 AM


  • No, the VPN trick is not likely to work. The reality is that OneCare is not available for purchase where you are located, so you cannot create a subscription by activating due to the IP check that takes place.


    The post you recall may have included the text below:

    Now, as long as your language is supported - that is the operating system language, you can use the unsupported, not sanctioned by Microsoft workaround to activate your subscription. At the end of 12 months, if OneCare is still not available in our country, then you will need to repeat the process below or a variation of it to renew with a product key.


    Create a new LiveID with a US (or other country on the supported list) address. Contact a trusted friend in the country you used to create your LiveID and provide that person with the LiveID, Password, and a OneCare product key - or they will need to buy OneCare for you and use the product key from the retail box. Have them log in with the LiveID at http://onecare.live.com/activate and use the option to activate with a token using the product key from inside the retail box. They will not be installing OneCare and cannot use the key again.

    Once that has been completed, change the password on the LiveID. (You can only trust people so far...) Then open OneCare on your PC and activate it with the LiveID used to create the subscription. Note that you can use a friend in any country where OneCare is available for sale per the above list. Reinstalls and installs to the 2nd and 3rd PC do not perform the check for IP and language (at this time, at least), so you won't need to repeat the process again.


    I will remind you that the above is not an approved workaround and the process may cease working at any time.



    Thursday, December 13, 2007 1:27 PM