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Can't sign in to msn live mesngr when msn explorer running, white cross, red backgrnd

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  1. Blotto99

    Blotto99 Thread Starter

    Oct 28, 2004
    I just did a clean install of XP, when I'd finished with all the updates finally, and signed in with MSN explorer, where usually the Messenger Icon has a number on it indicating how many buddies are online, it now has a red circle with a white cross. If I click the icon, it takes me directly to a page which reads, 'First you need to build a list of buddies', and nothing I can click on that page will convince it that I already have a list of contacts. If I try to sign in to Windows Live Messenger without MSN explorer running, it will sign in to Messenger and bring up my contact list, but if MSN Explorer is running, it won't do anything at all. It's frustrating, because, as there's no error message, I have nothing to use to look up the problem.
    I've tried the following: I uninstalled and reinstalled Live Messenger and the Sign in Assistant and the .NET framework. I did another clean install and the problem is exactly the same. I tried uninstalling Live Messenger and using an earlier version, 4.7 I think , and that didn't help. I've been through all the basic fixes, such as enabling scripting, reducing security levels, checking for a new page on each visit to a site. I only have Onecare running as firewall, and it is configured to allow Messenger, which it should be automatically anyway. I can sign in with whatever that program is called that MSN suggests you try to see if your connection is okay, and the connection is fine.
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