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MSN Signing in problem

Is thier a windows Xp host file

I cant seem to get into MSN i keep getting error about my host file and to clear it. Using the msn repair tool i dnt fink it can clear it. How do i get to the winxp host file
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MSN Signing in problem

WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts

Normally it will be empty anway so I'm not sure why you are being instructed to clear it - and MSN does not use it anyway.
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cheeers
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i still cnt seem to sign into msn. I tried reinstalling it but no luck. My hosts file is empty.

Any ideas
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what exactly is the error?? - we need more info.

FYI, your local XP host file is used as the first stage of any DNS lookups but would not normally have any entries as you would usually use only the PN DNS servers. The only good reason to use it would be if you had more than 1 machine on your local network.
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i keep geting that sorry we cannot sign in you and try again later. or try this troubleshooting thing. When i try trouble shooting i get message saying your host file contains msn related entries and would need clearing. It then gives option to clear it self but just wouldnt clear and keep going round and round.
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Don't know if this will help but have a look at this thread Geakstogo
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Nah ive tried all that already
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The only good reason to use it would be if you had more than 1 machine on your local network.

I dissagree!
I use "hosts" file to block all sorts of nasty domains, ads etc (I have over 3000 enteries directed to local host)!
Just another tool in the realm of online security, and works a treat!


Can't help with the OP's MSN probs though. Never use it these days!

*EDIT* Does MSN have its own HOSTS file? dunno, but it may be worth searching your system using "*hosts*" in the search field.
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I found one result but its 0kb and i tried opening it with notepad and its just blank
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MSN Signing in problem

a few people have had this problem as well and its been fixed by:

open a command prompt (start -> run -> type in CMD)

type in ipconfig -flushdns

this seems to always do the trick!

Also - there have been and continues to be loads of problems with msn the now, unable to sign in, people appearing offline when they are on, unable to send messages etc

hope it helps
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I dissagree!
I use "hosts" file to block all sorts of nasty domains, ads etc (I have over 3000 enteries directed to local host)!
Just another tool in the realm of online security, and works a treat!


Hmm interesting. I would have thought that a firewall would be a better way to blacklist sites, say on the router so that any machine on the network would have the benefit of the same config. Still this is another weapon in the arsenal!
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TRied Flushdns and still no luck