What To Do When Windows Live Messenger Stops Working

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Windows Live Messenger

Windows Live Messenger is an instant messenger that is a part of the Microsoft Live Essentials developed by Microsoft. Sometimes it might stop working abruptly. The issue is a usual one as there is many other people, who get stuck thinking how to resolve the issue. The reason for Windows Live Messenger to stop working is many; hence, this article is focused on getting some of the appropriate solutions to fix the issue.

Some of the applications based on Windows stop working either at the beginning or during the application loading is due to some corruption in the registry. Windows Live support is available for all the issues with the Windows Live Messenger and the other applications.

A place where all the information – in the form of a database – about the operating system is stored with entries and keys is called the Windows Registry. The operating system may experience various issues when there is corruption in these keys and entries. Hence, it might be the same reason if Windows Live Messenger stops working in the PC. Here are some of the steps to fix this issue.

  • Click on the Start menu that is present to the lower left corner of the desktop.
  • Next click on the run option and then type in the space provided as regedit in order to open the registry editor window.
  • To the left pane, you would find HKEY_CURRENT_USER, click and expand it.
  • Look for the item Software, click on it and then expand the same.
  • Next look for the item Microsoft, click on the + sign next to it.
  • Look for MSNMessenger, click and expand the same.
  • Click on the option PerPassportSettings.
  • This is the most crucial step to perform; you would have to look for folder that has Hash Number and the UTL REG_key that has the email address. You simply need to look for it and delete all of them.

    Registry Editor

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  • Do make sure that the path is HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft\ MSNMessenger\ PerPassportSettings\
  • After this, you can close the Windows registry editor window and uninstall the instant messenger.
  • Next, execute the Registry cleaner and finally reinstall Live Messenger.

Before you make changes in the registry make sure to take a back up of the same, it would come handy in case you make any mistake while making these changes. You can always opt for help from Windows Live support, in case anything goes wrong.

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Procedure To Remove Ask Toolbar From Browsers

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How To Remove Ask Toolbar Tips

You installed a third party toolbar recently. When you open your browser, you see that an unexpected change has happened – a toolbar has taken up valuable space in your browser’s real estate. Moreover, your home page is not what it used to be and your default search engine has been altered. Now, there are many toolbars that make such unsolicited changes to your browsers. Ask toolbar is definitely one such toolbar. In this article we will discuss some of the ways on how to remove Ask toolbar or disable it.

How to remove Ask toolbar or to disable it

Disabling Ask toolbar from Internet Explorer

  • First, you need to launch Internet Explorer browser and then click on the option ‘Tools’.
    Then, you need to click on the option ‘Manage Add-ons’ from the sub menu.
  • Then, from the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, you need to locate ‘Ask toolbar’ and click to remove the check mark in the box for ‘Enabled’.
  • Thereafter, click on ‘Search Providers’ and choose another search engine (Google, Yahoo, Bing) and then make your preferred search engine your default search provider.
  • Then, you need to select the ‘Ask Search’ and click on the ‘Remove’ button for uninstalling it.
  • Thereafter, Reboot ‘Internet Explorer’ for the changes to take effect.

Disable ‘Ask toolbar’ from Firefox

  • First, you need to open ‘Mozilla Firefox’ and go to ‘Extensions’.
  • Then, you need to locate the ‘Ask Toolbar’ from the list of add-ons. You have two available options. You can either Remove the toolbar permanently or Disable temporarily. You can choose any of the ‘Options’.

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    Instructions For Removing Ask Toolbar

Disable Ask toolbar From Google chrome

  • First, you need to launch Google Chrome and then click on the icon on the top right corner.
  • Then, you need to select the option named ‘Settings’ from the sub menu.
  • Then, you need to click on the ‘Extensions’ from the left pane of the Windows, which is located above ‘Settings’.
  • You can remove the check mark from the option ‘Enabled’ by clicking on it. This will disable the toolbar. Click on the icon in the shape of recycle bin icon for removing it.
  • Now, for changing the default search engine settings, you can go to ‘Settings’ and then click on ‘Manage Search engines’ button beneath ‘Search’. Then, select your preferred search engine to make it your default search engine.
  • Then, you need to click on the ‘X’ button after selecting Ask Search from the list.

This way you can get rid of this annoying Ask toolbar from your browsers.

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Omni Tech Support, Windows 7 Tips & Tricks: Updating Drivers in Windows 7

Update the system drivers in your Windows 7 computer and keep it free from issues. Omnitech support team shows you how to do that in this video tutorial. Check it out.


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Steps To Configure Windows Live Mail With A Yahoo Account

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Windows Email Program

Windows Live Mail is an email application from the software giant Microsoft, which comes with the program Windows Live Essentials. According to Windows Live Support, you may use your Windows Live Mail program to access different internet email accounts. In this post, we will find out how to add Yahoo email account in Windows Live Mail.

Steps Involved

  • Open the Start menu and select the option All Programs.
  • From the menu for All Programs, locate and place the mouse over Windows Live Essentials.
  • Choose the option Windows Live Mail from the menu that opens to the right of the All Programs menu.
  • Once Windows Live Mail comes up, select the button Add e-mail account.
  • In the field for E-mail address, type your complete Yahoo email address.
  • In the field for Password, enter the corresponding password of your Yahoo email.
  • If you do not want others to access your email account through Windows Live Mail, remove the check mark from the option Remember Password. With this, you will have to enter the password for your Yahoo email each time you launch the program.
  • In the field for Display Name, give any name that you wish to be displayed on the recipient’s window.
  • Mark the option Manually configure server settings for e-mail account and choose the button Next.
  • For the Incoming POP Server, enter the server as pop.mail.yahoo.com and the port number as 995. Choose SSL for the incoming server.
  • For Outgoing Mail Server, type the server smtp.mail.yahoo.com and in the field for port number enter either 587 or 465. Choose SSL for the outgoing server and Yes for the option Requires authentication.
  • Choose option Clear text authentication in the option Log on using.

    Email Application

    Windows Live Email Configuration

  • Mark the option My outgoing server requires authentication and choose the button Next.
  • With the above steps, you will receive the message, You have successfully entered in the information required to set up your account.
  • Choose the option Set this account as the default mail account.
  • Select the button Finish.

Launch Windows Live Mail again. You will find that mails would be downloaded from the Yahoo servers to your account. If you have large number of emails in the Yahoo account, it could take several minutes for the download to finish. For further assistance on this email setup, you may contact Windows Live support or our technical support team for assistance.

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Get Windows 8 From Microsoft Store

How To Upgrade To Windows 8

Upgrade To Windows 8

With the support for Windows XP operating over since April, many computer users were left with an operating system that has no support from Microsoft. If you are one among them, then you will be wondering how to upgrade to Windows 8 or some other new Windows operating systems. It is easy, you just have to visit the online Windows Store and purchase a Windows 8 product key license, or visit the Microsoft Store that is near your locality and purchase one. The best thing about Windows 8 is that since it is built on the solid foundation of Windows 7 operating system, it is very less susceptible to security issues.

Apart from sharing some features with Windows 7, Windows 8 has many new features embedded with it. Most of the benchmarking sites have found that Windows 8 is faster and more secure than Windows 7 operating system. One of the main differences between Windows 7 and Windows 8 is that the Windows 7 uses an icon based desktop user interface, and Windows 8 has a tile based Metro user interface. Even though the user interface and Start screen were the main highlights of the operating system, many Windows XP users found it hard to navigate through the operating system because of the new design.

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Windows 8 Upgrade

Many Windows XP users said that they never knew how to navigate in the new computer that is installed with Windows 8 operating system due to the weird design Microsoft has integrated in it. Many users stopped looking for how to upgrade to Windows 8 operating system when they learnt about the absence of the Start menu. However, there is no need to worry as Microsoft is planning to release a new operating system in to the market with all the features of Windows 7 operating system- Windows 9.

It is heard that the Windows 9 operating system is going to be a free upgrade for people with Windows 8 operating system, so upgrading to Windows 8 is not a bad thing after all. The advantage you have here is that you get to experiment with the Windows 8 operating system and its features for a while and when Microsoft releases Windows 9, you can upgrade to Windows 9 effortlessly.

If you are looking to upgrade your operating system, then it is recommended that you get Windows 8 from the official Windows Store.

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