I've just moved my Compaq Presario 8000T Desktop from Comcast cable/modem direct ethernet connection to my fiance's house - now I am connected via Lynksis router to AOL DSL direct with proper cable into my machine. I'm running Windows XP Professional, and I'm pretty sure Internet Explorer 6.
Here's the problem: we've connected my computer to his router - he's a pro at setting these things up. We can access EVERY web site known, except those belonging to Microsoft. I use Hotmail routed to Outlook - can't access it. Cannot go to msn.com (my home page I use), cannot go to microsoft.com, hotmail.com. no problems with Yahoo, Google, HPshopping, sears, Cingular, etc. No problems except with Microsoft sites.
My fiance has a Compaq AMD processor laptop with Windows XP Professional - we can connect perfectly through same router - but wireless - to any website we want. His machine can get to all MS sites, so we know it is within my machine that there is a problem.
Here's what we've done - set up connectivity with my desktop to the router. Realized we could not get to any Microsoft sites. No firewalls were set up or active during this time. I downloaded SVP2 (I was a holdout until just a few days ago). Still cannot get to any Microsoft websites (but yet I can download updates .... I clicked on the balloon "you have updates waiting" so it really didn't seem to go to website to download). once SVP2 was loaded, I tried disabling MS Firewall - still not able to connect to any Microsoft websites.
We are BAFFLED to say the least. Again, he's using Linksys Router, AOL DSL. I just want to be able to read e-mail at home!!
Thanks for any advice.