On the 31st May 2006, Microsoft released Windows Live OneCare, an all-in-one piece of software to tune-up your PC bundled with an Anti-Virus, Anti-Malware and Firewall.
Since 2009, OneCare was shutdown, along with the servers required to install and properly use the product. This brought it to a halt until now.
YouTuber MJD picked up a copy of the software from a thrift store and attempted to install it which you can view here. This however, didn't go as planned due to the servers being down, preventing the installation.
After requesting a copy of the disc, I was able to recreate an installer, bringing back OneCare from the dead.
OneCare Rewritten allows users who still have their discs to install OneCare for nostalgic purposes to re-experience a blast from the past.
XP Support is currently under-way and in early beta. It CAN be installed.
Users with 2.0 discs cannot install on SP3 unless you have both discs.
Users with 2.5 discs can install natively on XP SP3.
Owners of installation media can now install OneCare without any issues.
Windows Live OneCare Firewall is functional and tested to be working.
Windows Live OneCare Antivirus is functional and working. This however runs outdated signatures.
Windows Live OneCare Anti-Malware is functional and working. This however runs outdated signatures.
All Tune-Up utilities in OneCare Rewritten are functional, with the exception of Backup.
64-Bit support is available for Windows Vista as of OneCare Rewritten V0.1.2. XP has no implementation thus far.
Unfortunately this portion of OneCare cannot be brought back from the dead. It utilised online Microsoft Services. A patch in future may be created to redirect to OneDrive, etc.
This feature is planned but at an uncertain state. Printer Sharing in OneCare requires online Microsoft Services.
This feature is planned but at an uncertain state. OneCare Circles requires online Microsoft Services.
Support for installing on Windows XP is planned. The packages do exist and is in-progress. This however requires deep modifications to the OneCare ReWritten installer.
Originally, it was. However, further looking into Microsofts terms prohibts any re-use or reproduction of their material, punishable by law. I don't wish to be sued by Microsoft and so replaced the materials in the installer with some photo's of my servers, keeps it 'techy'.
While the OneCare Rewritten installer itself is free, the actual product, Microsoft Windows Live OneCare is a paid product. The OneCare Rewritten project is nothing more than a rebuilt installer for OneCare to continuue installation regardless of Microsoft Servers being available.
This means if you do not own functional installation medium, this software will NOT install OneCare.