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    Efraín Morales



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    Re: Windows Live OneCare Installation

      

    Windows Live OneCare Installation:     01 / 01 / 2008

     

     These instructions are intended for those simple people, which own a computer and are afraid of making changes to them.

     

    It's best to do the PC maintenance before the Windows Live OneCare (WLOC) version 2.0, or later, installation. Here are 12 suggestions for a successful setup. The primary reason for WLOC installation failure is not reading the Windows instructions. Please print and read these ones thoroughly before you install. When you finish the installation you will have a solid WLOC setup and a big smile from ear to ear.

     

    00. To facilitate the backup process, buy an External Hard Disk (HD), at present WLOC doesn't support the internal type. If you have an external hard drive, backups and saves will be an enjoyment, apart from safety. If you don’t have any, buy one, and make sure the HD is compatible with Windows Vista and the NTSF file system (Western Digital My Book are). Time is money and life is short.

     

    01. The WLOC 2.0, or recent,  is capable of doing the Windows Defender work, so if you have WLOC 2.0 with Defender 1.1.1505.0, the 2.0 will automatically disable 1.1. In XP, you can choose not to install Defender. In Vista, Defender is permanently installed because it's an integral part of the Operating System, but because WLOC 2.0 doesn’t need it, Defender is automatically disabled. You can enable it, but will be disabled after the next restart. See note at end on how to check that Defender is disabled in Vista. At the end you will also find an invitation to test the new WLOC 2.0.

     

    02. Run Windows Update (WU) until no additional updates are offered. Make sure you don't update Windows only, but all Microsoft software you have on your PC. In XP, when you open Microsoft Updates, on the left side, click Change Settings and in the new window uncheck "Disable Microsoft Update software and let me use Windows Update only". This will allow downloading updates for Windows, Office, SQL Server, and any other Microsoft software you have. In Vista this is done automatically.

     

    03. With all its boxes checked, run Disk Cleanup (DC) as many times as required, so as to do it in less than a minute. To get to it click Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > and select Disk Cleanup. You will use this tool so often that it's better to right click it and set to Pin to Start Menu.  While you are at the Disk Cleanup, click the More Options tab > System Restore, and click Cleanup and Yes to "Are you sure you want to delete all but the most recent restore point?” Restore point’s use much disk space and take time for WLOC to check. Also in WLOC, and before you do your first tune-up, go to the Tune-up tab and enable "Check my computer for unnecessary files during Tune-up". If you don't do it, the report will be incomplete and will show a red WLOC icon.

     

    04. Do an Error-Checking (EC) on your Local Disk (C) by right clicking it > Properties > Tools tab and selecting “Check now”. You can “Automatically fix file system errors”, and “Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors".

     

    05. Run the Windows Disk Defragmenter (DD) as many times as required, so as to do it in less than a minute. To get to it click Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > and select Disk Defragmenter. Remember to do defrag on all your hard disks, internal and external.

     

    06. Run any registry cleaner that you have.  I personally use the latest Registry Mechanic (RM), fast and very reliable. Always use the registry cleaners with caution, and make sure that the option to backup changes is selected, (I don't) as using a registry cleaner can cause programs or Windows to not run properly, if important keys are removed. Soon I will change to the free and new Windows Clean up Tool, see note at end. Now relax before the WLOC, and optional WD, installation. Stop, disable, and remove any antivirus and firewall, following the recommendations in WLOC setup. Incompatibility will result if you don't remove them before installing WLOC. Instructions for removal are as follows:

    http://onecare.live.com/standard/en-us/purchase/uninstall.htm

     

    07. Create your Windows Live ID BEFORE, and I emphasize BEFORE, you download and install WLOC. Instructions on Windows Live ID Creation are here:

    http://forums.microsoft.com/WindowsOneCare/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=1215046&SiteID=2&mode=1.  Only after the creation of the ID, go for the WLOC. With all the time in the world available, download and install the WLOC 2.0 program. In some PC, with dialup connection, this could take hours to setup, and during times it seems the computer has died down, ¡but it’s installing the program alright!

     

    08. After finishing with the installation, run your first WLOC Tune-Up. If you previously have done the Preventive Maintenance (PM) with WU, DC, EC, DD, and RM, the process will take less time. To do future Tune-Ups in the least time possible, do the PM sometime before the scheduled monthly Tune-Up.

     

    09. After completion you can use Perfect Disk (PD) for a near perfect defrag of files and Metadata, or when WLOC tells you it didn't complete the defrag because the drive was too fragmented. See how Perfect Disk compare to the Vista defragmenter, for XP is worst, they don't stand a chance. Use always the best, you deserve it.

    http://www.raxco.com/products/perfectdisk2k/comparevista.cfm

     

    10. During new software installation, many, if not all, will offer to update automatically and place an icon in the desktop, deny it, and delete all you can, for you can replace them anytime. Have your Desktop as clean as possible, I have only the Recycle Bin. Do the update on your own and when you want. The only auto updates should be Microsoft Updates.

        At boot up, and for XP only, have the least number of software starting, programs that auto start can affect the system performance, or start without your knowledge. In Vista, unless you do it with WLOC Maintenance, it is a different story; don't touch them, because if you do, a popup will remind you of the change after all restarts. Remember to disable and\or enable, never ever delete.

    Restart and measure the time in seconds it takes, after you see the wallpaper, and for the Windows Live OneCare (Status: Good) icon to appear in the Task bar. It's the amount of time WLOC requires to check your PC (don't use the PC during this time). Only with XP you can speed the boot up by disabling unnecessary starting software, with Vista is slow. U

    With XP use the Startup Run program to enable and/or disable startup programs. It's free, small, and so perfect that no update has been made to it in years. Remember to Enable and Disable, NEVER EVER Delete starting programs. Try to disable as much programs, so as to have only Defender and WLOC. Now restart and measure the time again, the difference is you gain. In Vista don't try to do the above, because everything is controlled by the program. While you gain in XP, in Vista you will loose. With the new WLOC 2.0 you can disable unnecessary startup programs, and Vista will not complain.

     

    11. After completion of Steps 02 to 06, run WLOC Run Tune-up. The View Last Report should have the WLOC Tune-Up Report with black check marks, no red or yellow. From now on, you can separately run, when you like, Scan for Virus and Spy ware, Check for Updates, Start a Backup, and Restore Files from the Backup, all without doing the time consuming full Run Tune-up, which you can set 4 weeks into the future.

     

    12. After every restart, wait for the WLOC icon to appear on the task bar, it takes a while.

     

    Downloads:

        http://www.pctools.com/registry-mechanic/

        http://www.raxco.com/products/PerfectDisk2k/

        http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/strun.html          (at end of page choose "strun setup.exe" as the choice)

        http://onecare.live.com/standard/en-us/default.htm (for downloading WLOC 2.0 and, if you are already a subscriber, add another computer)

     

    Note on WLOC installs on other computers:

         When you subscribe to WLOC you are allowed to install the software on 3 different computers. To install on any of the 3 computers you will need the Windows Live ID (exact EMAIL and PASSWORD), used during the original purchase process. If you don't have a Windows Live ID, you have to create one. Be extremely careful to save the email and password, because they will be required to Sign In and open the install page. The procedure to either reinstall on the same PC, or in the additional 2 other, is the same as in the initial procedure to subscribe.

    In the Choices Page, click the Sign In at top right and enter your Windows Live ID (needed for all Microsoft transactions), this will give you access to WLOC. You can subscribe or add another PC to your existing subscription. Remember again to follow the same steps as in your initial purchase. Again, save the email and password of the Windows Live ID (ID), and use it for installs and reinstalls. The procedure is the same, as long as you use your ID. Microsoft ties your unique email and password ID with 3 computer identification numbers. No way you can use a different email and password ID, nor install in more than 3 computers or in the same PC twice. Once installed in a specific computer it is registered for keeps. You can reinstall in the same 3 computers as many times you like. The instructions in the link below are for adding computers to an existing subscription:

    http://onecare.live.com/standard/en-us/install/addcomputerinstall.htm

     

     

    Note on WLOC and WD removal:

    If you need to remove any of them, here is the procedure:

     

         Windows Defender:

    After using the Add or Remove Programs, download and install the following tool and check that Windows Defender is not listed. If it is, select it, click Remove, and Exit. Restart.
     
    http://support.microsoft.com/?scid=kb;en-us;290301

     

         Windows Live OneCare:

    After using the Add or Remove Programs, download and install the following tool:

    http://support.microsoft.com/?scid=kb;en-us;290301

    Please open the utility and check if the following items are listed, if so, highlight each of them and then click the Remove button. Click and drag the utility so you can have it as close as possible to the list for easy and correct checking. After the removals, exit the utility and restart

      Dr Watson for Microsoft Windows OneCare Live
        Microsoft Malware Protection Engine
        Microsoft Malware Protection on Access Scanner
        Microsoft Protection Service
        Microsoft Windows OneCare Live
        PX Engine

     

    Miscellaneous:

    Free tool for all purpose cleaning:

     http://www.ccleaner.com/

    The above program is free, small and very fast in cleaning unused files and traces of online activities.

    CCleaner recommend settings:

      Cleaner Windows tab: all uncheck under Advanced.

      Cleaner Applications tab: all checked. Uncheck Windows Defender.

      Options Settings tab: only second box and Normal file deletion.

      Options Advanced tab: first 3 boxes.

    Don't forget to Scan for Issues and fix all of them.

    Remember to SAVE CHANGES (I don,t), so you can recover if something goes wrong.

     

    New Registry and Temporary files Clean-up Tool for Windows XP:

    There is a free tool to use with Windows XP. This tool is included in Defender, so if you install WLOC 2.0 and no Defender, use this for clean-up. Use the Clean-up (broom) first.

    http://safety.live.com/site/en-US/default.htm

     

    Checking that Vista has Defender disabled:

    Go to Control Panel > System > Security Center (at lower left) > Malware Protection > under Spyware and Other Malware Protection, click "Show me the antispyware programs on this computer" > the pop-up window should show Defender off and WLOC on.

     

    XP's No-Reformat, Nondestructive Total-Rebuild Option:

    If before installing WLOC you want to have XP in perfect condition, Fred Langa shows you how to completely rebuild, repair, or refresh an existing XP installation without losing data, and without having to reinstall user software, reformat, or otherwise destructively alter the setup. The instructions are here: 

    http://www.informationweek.com/windows/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=189400897

     

       Instructions on Windows Live ID Creation are here:

    http://forums.microsoft.com/WindowsOneCare/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=1215046&SiteID=2&mode=1

     

     

    Efraín Morales



    domenica 10 dicembre 2006 12:55

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    Windows Live OneCare Installation:     01 / 01 / 2008

     

     These instructions are intended for those simple people, which own a computer and are afraid of making changes to them.

     

    It's best to do the PC maintenance before the Windows Live OneCare (WLOC) version 2.0, or later, installation. Here are 12 suggestions for a successful setup. The primary reason for WLOC installation failure is not reading the Windows instructions. Please print and read these ones thoroughly before you install. When you finish the installation you will have a solid WLOC setup and a big smile from ear to ear.

     

    00. To facilitate the backup process, buy an External Hard Disk (HD), at present WLOC doesn't support the internal type. If you have an external hard drive, backups and saves will be an enjoyment, apart from safety. If you don’t have any, buy one, and make sure the HD is compatible with Windows Vista and the NTSF file system (Western Digital My Book are). Time is money and life is short.

     

    01. The WLOC 2.0, or recent,  is capable of doing the Windows Defender work, so if you have WLOC 2.0 with Defender 1.1.1505.0, the 2.0 will automatically disable 1.1. In XP, you can choose not to install Defender. In Vista, Defender is permanently installed because it's an integral part of the Operating System, but because WLOC 2.0 doesn’t need it, Defender is automatically disabled. You can enable it, but will be disabled after the next restart. See note at end on how to check that Defender is disabled in Vista. At the end you will also find an invitation to test the new WLOC 2.0.

     

    02. Run Windows Update (WU) until no additional updates are offered. Make sure you don't update Windows only, but all Microsoft software you have on your PC. In XP, when you open Microsoft Updates, on the left side, click Change Settings and in the new window uncheck "Disable Microsoft Update software and let me use Windows Update only". This will allow downloading updates for Windows, Office, SQL Server, and any other Microsoft software you have. In Vista this is done automatically.

     

    03. With all its boxes checked, run Disk Cleanup (DC) as many times as required, so as to do it in less than a minute. To get to it click Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > and select Disk Cleanup. You will use this tool so often that it's better to right click it and set to Pin to Start Menu.  While you are at the Disk Cleanup, click the More Options tab > System Restore, and click Cleanup and Yes to "Are you sure you want to delete all but the most recent restore point?” Restore point’s use much disk space and take time for WLOC to check. Also in WLOC, and before you do your first tune-up, go to the Tune-up tab and enable "Check my computer for unnecessary files during Tune-up". If you don't do it, the report will be incomplete and will show a red WLOC icon.

     

    04. Do an Error-Checking (EC) on your Local Disk (C) by right clicking it > Properties > Tools tab and selecting “Check now”. You can “Automatically fix file system errors”, and “Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors".

     

    05. Run the Windows Disk Defragmenter (DD) as many times as required, so as to do it in less than a minute. To get to it click Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > and select Disk Defragmenter. Remember to do defrag on all your hard disks, internal and external.

     

    06. Run any registry cleaner that you have.  I personally use the latest Registry Mechanic (RM), fast and very reliable. Always use the registry cleaners with caution, and make sure that the option to backup changes is selected, (I don't) as using a registry cleaner can cause programs or Windows to not run properly, if important keys are removed. Soon I will change to the free and new Windows Clean up Tool, see note at end. Now relax before the WLOC, and optional WD, installation. Stop, disable, and remove any antivirus and firewall, following the recommendations in WLOC setup. Incompatibility will result if you don't remove them before installing WLOC. Instructions for removal are as follows:

    http://onecare.live.com/standard/en-us/purchase/uninstall.htm

     

    07. Create your Windows Live ID BEFORE, and I emphasize BEFORE, you download and install WLOC. Instructions on Windows Live ID Creation are here:

    http://forums.microsoft.com/WindowsOneCare/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=1215046&SiteID=2&mode=1.  Only after the creation of the ID, go for the WLOC. With all the time in the world available, download and install the WLOC 2.0 program. In some PC, with dialup connection, this could take hours to setup, and during times it seems the computer has died down, ¡but it’s installing the program alright!

     

    08. After finishing with the installation, run your first WLOC Tune-Up. If you previously have done the Preventive Maintenance (PM) with WU, DC, EC, DD, and RM, the process will take less time. To do future Tune-Ups in the least time possible, do the PM sometime before the scheduled monthly Tune-Up.

     

    09. After completion you can use Perfect Disk (PD) for a near perfect defrag of files and Metadata, or when WLOC tells you it didn't complete the defrag because the drive was too fragmented. See how Perfect Disk compare to the Vista defragmenter, for XP is worst, they don't stand a chance. Use always the best, you deserve it.

    http://www.raxco.com/products/perfectdisk2k/comparevista.cfm

     

    10. During new software installation, many, if not all, will offer to update automatically and place an icon in the desktop, deny it, and delete all you can, for you can replace them anytime. Have your Desktop as clean as possible, I have only the Recycle Bin. Do the update on your own and when you want. The only auto updates should be Microsoft Updates.

        At boot up, and for XP only, have the least number of software starting, programs that auto start can affect the system performance, or start without your knowledge. In Vista, unless you do it with WLOC Maintenance, it is a different story; don't touch them, because if you do, a popup will remind you of the change after all restarts. Remember to disable and\or enable, never ever delete.

    Restart and measure the time in seconds it takes, after you see the wallpaper, and for the Windows Live OneCare (Status: Good) icon to appear in the Task bar. It's the amount of time WLOC requires to check your PC (don't use the PC during this time). Only with XP you can speed the boot up by disabling unnecessary starting software, with Vista is slow. U

    With XP use the Startup Run program to enable and/or disable startup programs. It's free, small, and so perfect that no update has been made to it in years. Remember to Enable and Disable, NEVER EVER Delete starting programs. Try to disable as much programs, so as to have only Defender and WLOC. Now restart and measure the time again, the difference is you gain. In Vista don't try to do the above, because everything is controlled by the program. While you gain in XP, in Vista you will loose. With the new WLOC 2.0 you can disable unnecessary startup programs, and Vista will not complain.

     

    11. After completion of Steps 02 to 06, run WLOC Run Tune-up. The View Last Report should have the WLOC Tune-Up Report with black check marks, no red or yellow. From now on, you can separately run, when you like, Scan for Virus and Spy ware, Check for Updates, Start a Backup, and Restore Files from the Backup, all without doing the time consuming full Run Tune-up, which you can set 4 weeks into the future.

     

    12. After every restart, wait for the WLOC icon to appear on the task bar, it takes a while.

     

    Downloads:

        http://www.pctools.com/registry-mechanic/

        http://www.raxco.com/products/PerfectDisk2k/

        http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/strun.html          (at end of page choose "strun setup.exe" as the choice)

        http://onecare.live.com/standard/en-us/default.htm (for downloading WLOC 2.0 and, if you are already a subscriber, add another computer)

     

    Note on WLOC installs on other computers:

         When you subscribe to WLOC you are allowed to install the software on 3 different computers. To install on any of the 3 computers you will need the Windows Live ID (exact EMAIL and PASSWORD), used during the original purchase process. If you don't have a Windows Live ID, you have to create one. Be extremely careful to save the email and password, because they will be required to Sign In and open the install page. The procedure to either reinstall on the same PC, or in the additional 2 other, is the same as in the initial procedure to subscribe.

    In the Choices Page, click the Sign In at top right and enter your Windows Live ID (needed for all Microsoft transactions), this will give you access to WLOC. You can subscribe or add another PC to your existing subscription. Remember again to follow the same steps as in your initial purchase. Again, save the email and password of the Windows Live ID (ID), and use it for installs and reinstalls. The procedure is the same, as long as you use your ID. Microsoft ties your unique email and password ID with 3 computer identification numbers. No way you can use a different email and password ID, nor install in more than 3 computers or in the same PC twice. Once installed in a specific computer it is registered for keeps. You can reinstall in the same 3 computers as many times you like. The instructions in the link below are for adding computers to an existing subscription:

    http://onecare.live.com/standard/en-us/install/addcomputerinstall.htm

     

     

    Note on WLOC and WD removal:

    If you need to remove any of them, here is the procedure:

     

         Windows Defender:

    After using the Add or Remove Programs, download and install the following tool and check that Windows Defender is not listed. If it is, select it, click Remove, and Exit. Restart.
     
    http://support.microsoft.com/?scid=kb;en-us;290301

     

         Windows Live OneCare:

    After using the Add or Remove Programs, download and install the following tool:

    http://support.microsoft.com/?scid=kb;en-us;290301

    Please open the utility and check if the following items are listed, if so, highlight each of them and then click the Remove button. Click and drag the utility so you can have it as close as possible to the list for easy and correct checking. After the removals, exit the utility and restart

      Dr Watson for Microsoft Windows OneCare Live
        Microsoft Malware Protection Engine
        Microsoft Malware Protection on Access Scanner
        Microsoft Protection Service
        Microsoft Windows OneCare Live
        PX Engine

     

    Miscellaneous:

    Free tool for all purpose cleaning:

     http://www.ccleaner.com/

    The above program is free, small and very fast in cleaning unused files and traces of online activities.

    CCleaner recommend settings:

      Cleaner Windows tab: all uncheck under Advanced.

      Cleaner Applications tab: all checked. Uncheck Windows Defender.

      Options Settings tab: only second box and Normal file deletion.

      Options Advanced tab: first 3 boxes.

    Don't forget to Scan for Issues and fix all of them.

    Remember to SAVE CHANGES (I don,t), so you can recover if something goes wrong.

     

    New Registry and Temporary files Clean-up Tool for Windows XP:

    There is a free tool to use with Windows XP. This tool is included in Defender, so if you install WLOC 2.0 and no Defender, use this for clean-up. Use the Clean-up (broom) first.

    http://safety.live.com/site/en-US/default.htm

     

    Checking that Vista has Defender disabled:

    Go to Control Panel > System > Security Center (at lower left) > Malware Protection > under Spyware and Other Malware Protection, click "Show me the antispyware programs on this computer" > the pop-up window should show Defender off and WLOC on.

     

    XP's No-Reformat, Nondestructive Total-Rebuild Option:

    If before installing WLOC you want to have XP in perfect condition, Fred Langa shows you how to completely rebuild, repair, or refresh an existing XP installation without losing data, and without having to reinstall user software, reformat, or otherwise destructively alter the setup. The instructions are here: 

    http://www.informationweek.com/windows/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=189400897

     

       Instructions on Windows Live ID Creation are here:

    http://forums.microsoft.com/WindowsOneCare/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=1215046&SiteID=2&mode=1

     

     

    Efraín Morales


    lunedì 2 aprile 2007 04:48