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02/09/05: Problem installing MSN
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I am trying to dwnld msn chat... get this instead....!!!!!
Server Error in '/' Application.
Description: An application error occurred on the server. The
current custom error settings for this application prevent the
details of the application error from being viewed
What did I do now?
It was not you who broke MSN. Microsoft found, or was told
about, some bad security problems and they are frantically
trying to patch everything. Even if you do manage to install
MSN, expect problems for a day or so, and probably a forced
When the MSN or other Windows update comes through, save
and shut all programs down quickly. The MSN update is rather
rude and does not give you a choice, and when done, it
reboots the machine without warning. It seems somebody
at Microsoft is a bit hysterical about patching those holes.
If you have Windows XP, you will need nine (9) patches plus
one for MSN chat.
Expect the net to be a tad slower than usual in the next
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