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  • Question

  • Is it possible to add a fourth computer onto a single Windows Live OneCare account for an additonal fee? If not, must one open and subscribe to a new account? How will a new acount impact the sharing features (i.e, printer network, backup, etc.) of the already active account? Any advice is appreciated.  
    Tuesday, January 13, 2009 11:51 AM

Answers

  •  According to the terms of the OneCare retail license, you can have OneCare on 3 computers using a single subscription.
    A subscription is tied to a LiveID and each LiveID can only have a single subscription associated with it.
    Therefore, to add a 4th PC, you need to purchase another subscription (or retail copy for the license key) and activate it using a different LiveID.
    Since the 4th PC is then using a different LiveID, it cannot be part of the Circle for OneCare's Circle features - monitoring from a Hub, Printer Sharing, Centralized backup.
    That said, you can purchase a retail copy of OneCare, put it aside (never using the key for renewal, lest you be "double-dipping") and use your existing LiveID to add the 4th PC to your Circle. It should work, though it can be blocked in some cases.
    -steve
    Microsoft MVP Windows Live / Windows Live OneCare Forum Moderator
    Tuesday, January 13, 2009 2:16 PM
    Moderator

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  •  According to the terms of the OneCare retail license, you can have OneCare on 3 computers using a single subscription.
    A subscription is tied to a LiveID and each LiveID can only have a single subscription associated with it.
    Therefore, to add a 4th PC, you need to purchase another subscription (or retail copy for the license key) and activate it using a different LiveID.
    Since the 4th PC is then using a different LiveID, it cannot be part of the Circle for OneCare's Circle features - monitoring from a Hub, Printer Sharing, Centralized backup.
    That said, you can purchase a retail copy of OneCare, put it aside (never using the key for renewal, lest you be "double-dipping") and use your existing LiveID to add the 4th PC to your Circle. It should work, though it can be blocked in some cases.
    -steve
    Microsoft MVP Windows Live / Windows Live OneCare Forum Moderator
    Tuesday, January 13, 2009 2:16 PM
    Moderator
  • Thank you , Mr. Boots, for your response. Probably the safest thing to do for maintaining functionality of our OneCare circle would be to dump our daughter's laptop from the circle and purchase a separate subscription for it, or obtain security software for it though a third party entitly. I am intent on keeping the desktop pc's (one a very new and advanced pc) on our existing OneCare circle account for file sharing, printer sharing, backup, etc. purposes.

    Wolfgang Holst
    Big Bear Lake, CA
    Wednesday, January 14, 2009 9:52 AM