Instructions consist of: clearing cache, I don't mind that; clearing cookies, I ABSOLUTELY DO MIND THAT, now I have to login everywhere again; registering a dll, dno whether it was or wasn't registered before, but I'm guessing it was; setting some trusted/privacy options; and allowing the applications over my firewall, but I have my firewall off for an hour anyway.
WINDOWS LIVE MAIL STILL DOESN'T WORK!
The root cause error that I believe to be causing the problem is a script error on the page: 'Web.UI.Editor.Strings' is not an object. You'd think a company like Microsoft would be well experienced in providing reliable, well tested code.
I think Microsoft most certainly need to buck their ideas up w/ re. to compatibility and support in the future, no-one will care about "new Windows" if a competitor offers something superior, especially if it's a straight choice of "upgrade to new windows product, or upgrade to new company-x product which does the same but works better" Relying on monopoly won't work forever, hopefully. I stopped working in Microsoft languages because I predict their downfall.
Still, I like Windows, that's the problem; it's a good system, let down by what can only be described as outright brashness by developers. I liked Windows 98. I liked error messages that told me what was wrong, and not asked me to send an anonymous message, which, by definition will never be replied to. I liked being in control of the security of my Internet Explorer - the last virus I got on Windows XP was from a hole in MICROSOF'TS WMV format. I liked the old hotmail, it was reliable, simple, and free from errors 99.99% of the time. I liked old versions of Microsoft Office/MSN Messenger, they were quick-to-load even on a slow computer. I liked Microsoft Paint.. wait, I still like Microsoft Paint, but even that: in old versions of paint, you'd copy and paste a big picture into a small container, and you'd be asked whether or not you wanted to resize the container. NOT ANYMORE, that's been deprecated in favour of what appears to be context with an element of random.
And what's with getting an application/code "signed by microsoft" it's like getting an enhanced disclosure signed by a convicted criminal.
So yeah, if you're listening Microsoft, sort it out, or I'll buy a Mac/Linux OS.