Cannot post in Microsoft communities online

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by joaneee, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. joaneee

    joaneee Guest

    Just in the past few days, I have been unable to reply to posts, or make new
    posts, in any Microsoft Communities online, on either of my computers. I
    have IE7 and Vista Home Premium. When I click on Reply, or New, the url in
    the tab heading very briefly changes to something that includes
    "". Too brief for me to be sure
    about all that. Then, it simply returns to the web community page. I do
    not have popups blocked for the community sites, btw. Any ideas? It's
    making me crazy.
    joaneee, Mar 11, 2008
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  2. PA Bear [MS MVP], Mar 12, 2008
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  3. joaneee

    joaneee Guest

    Well, yes, I know that, PA Bear (that's how I posted this query) - and I do
    thank you for replying. But the newsreader thing is awkward, in my opinion.
    Anyway, I repeat my question. Why would I not be able to post in the online
    community? Other people obviously can. And another thing...when I have
    posted in the online way, I get an email notification of replies in the
    thread. Not so, in the newsgroup.
    joaneee, Mar 12, 2008
  4. [You think an NNTP newsreader is awkward compared to the web-interface? Try
    it for a week or two then go back to the web-interface. I think you'll have
    changed your mind.]

    What anti-virus application or security suite is installed? What
    anti-spyware applications (other than Defender)? What third-party firewall
    (if any)? Any of these might be interfering.
    How to troubleshoot Internet Explorer 7 issues in Windows Vista:

    How to optimize or reset Internet Explorer 7:

    Internet Explorer stops responding, stops working, or restarts (Guided Help)
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Mar 12, 2008
  5. joaneee

    Gordon Guest

    Well you must be unique then, in actually preferring the horrible web
    interface to a slick, functional news reader.
    Gordon, Mar 12, 2008
  6. Gordon wrote:
    [We're all Luddites at heart.]
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Mar 12, 2008
  7. joaneee

    joaneee Guest

    OK, OK. So I am unique. Thanks, Gordon and Pa. But my question is still
    not close to answered. Re Antivirus and firewall, I have McAfee, and have
    had it for the past year (since I have owned these computers), and it
    apparently was not interfering before. No other antispyware or firewall or
    virus stuff. I have already read or heard most derogatory comments that can
    be made about one's choice of McAfee/Norton/you-name-it, so I don't need to
    hear about those things, but if you are aware of specific information about
    McAfee that would cause it in the past week to stop allowing these posts,
    I'd be glad to know it.
    joaneee, Mar 12, 2008
  8. joaneee

    Joaneee Guest

    Have found a solution - or a workaround. It turns out that if I sign out of
    Microsoft Communities, then sign in again, it all works. FWIW.

    Joaneee, Mar 23, 2008
  9. joaneee

    Marko Guest

    I also can no longer do a reply here in IE7 (for a few days now).
    Signing out and signing back in does NOT work for me. I had to go to another
    Using Outlook 7, I don't like having to open an addional program for a
    newsgroup tool and so I'm back to IE7.
    No MacAffee here, I'm using Kaspersky and have made no changes to my
    security settings anywhere in recent weeks.

    How do find what's suddenly keeping me from replying to Newsgroups in IE7?

    Marko, Mar 31, 2008
  10. joaneee

    Leonard Grey Guest

    Outlook 7 means Outlook 2007?

    Outlook has a 'real' newsreader which you will find more convenient and
    reliable than the fussy web interface.

    Leonard Grey
    Errare humanum est
    Leonard Grey, Mar 31, 2008
  11. Again, the problem most likely is on Microsoft's end, not yours.

    Click on the following link to open this newsgroup in your default
    newsreader (e.g., Outlook Express; Windows Mail):

    Accessing the MS newsgroups in Outlook Express [or Windows Mail] Newsreader

    Setting up Outlook Express/Windows Mail to access Microsoft newsgroups
    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
    MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Desktop Experience - since 2002

    PA Bear [MS MVP], Mar 31, 2008
  12. joaneee

    Marko Guest

    Installing the News button in Outlook 2007 provides a button for opening
    another program: WINDOWS MAIL. Outlook itself does NOT have a newsreader.

    Marko, Mar 31, 2008
  13. joaneee

    Marko Guest

    Thanks for the quick replies.
    PAB, your firs link :
    news:// will
    NOT open on my regular machine again. Which gets me back to my other
    thread/problem and I'll check back in that thread to see what help might be

    On topic here, I too would still like to find out why I'm suddenly not able
    to reply to newsgroups in IE7 and since I'm not alone would hope that
    someone will be able to find out whats going on.

    Marko, Mar 31, 2008
  14. joaneee

    Gordon Guest

    So? What's the problem with (shock horror!) opening ANOTHER program?
    That's what computers are for, opening programs. Or didn't anyone tell you?
    Gordon, Mar 31, 2008

  15. Then the most likely explanation is Cookies.
    Using Fiddler2 is the most complete way to find out which Cookies
    are being sent. Alternatively, since the TIF Viewer only shows you which
    *new* Cookies were accessed but not which old ones were sent with requests,
    you can use a cmd window to enter (at least in XP):

    cd /d %USERPROFILE%\Cookies

    Then you would delete the ones which appeared only in the bottom of that list
    but not in the TIF Viewer.

    Or, if that seems too complicated just delete all your Cookies and retry. ; )

    Good luck

    Robert Aldwinckle

    Robert Aldwinckle, Mar 31, 2008
  16. joaneee

    Leonard Grey Guest

    Windows Mail is part of the Windows Vista operating system. It's not a
    separate program. And once you get used to using a real newsreader,
    you'll kick yourself for not doing it sooner.

    Leonard Grey
    Errare humanum est
    Leonard Grey, Mar 31, 2008
  17. joaneee

    Marko Guest

    I've used the newsreader for years when I was still using OE.
    I rarely use a newsreader and don't like that I have to start up Windows
    Mail for the odd time that I do (Wether its a Vista add on component or
    stand alone thingy is not the issue).
    Of interest: This aft I was suddenly able to do replies once again on the
    machine that didn't let me do replies for the last week or so. Must be a hit
    and miss problem.
    Great, wasting time while getting nowhere fast at digital speed. :)

    Marko, Mar 31, 2008
  18. joaneee

    Marko Guest

    Thanks for that great wisdom.

    Marko, Apr 1, 2008
  19. joaneee

    Leonard Grey Guest

    If you'd rather do it 'your way' that's fine.

    Leonard Grey
    Errare humanum est
    Leonard Grey, Apr 1, 2008
  20. Marko is referring to the thread w/subject "Some Outlook 07 [sic] email
    links not working" =>
    ~PA Bear
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Apr 1, 2008
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