Friday, May 18, 2007
Too Dumb for OneCare?
I have been using Windows Live OneCare for quite a while now, and overall, I am quite happy with it. I now have 3 machines subscribed to OneCare, and several others running in trial mode. It isn't a bad deal actually: For a relatively modest annual fee, one can install OneCare on up to 3 machines. Cool.
Here is the catch though: I would now like to register some of my other trials as a regular subscription. So first of all, I have no idea how to get a second subscription, so I can have more than 3 machines. I also can't seem to be able to figure out how we could buy subscriptions as a company and then get our employee's computers protected. I do not want to buy them a subscription each, and then register it with their Windows Live accounts. I want the company to own, maintain, and renew the subscriptions. Maybe I am just missing something...
But here is the thing that really drives me nuts: When you run the trial (especially towards the end of the trial period and beyond), OneCare keeps nagging you to "click here and activate the subscription". This is exactly what I would like to do, but when you try to follow the steps, you eventually get to a point where you have to type in your product activation code. But the point is that I do not have one, and have yet to purchase one! But that option is not available. For my other 3 subscriptions, I actually ended up buying the boxed product, so now I had a key. Still no dice! I had to uninstall the trial, reboot, reinstall the real deal, reboot, and then I could finally get through the activation. And to add insult to injury: I don't think the product is actually on the CD you buy. Instead, the CD just seems to have a loader that goes to the web and downloads it...
Posted @ 5:42 AM by Egger, Markus (email@example.com)