"FLYNNE" <FLYNNE@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news
> They may seem like a stupid question but do I need any software on my
> computer so that Windows Live Hotmail can operate - I can find no trace of
> such software.
For sure you will need to have Active Scripting enabled.
You could control that by setting Active Scripting to Prompt
and then giving each prompt a No or a Yes.
I don't know if there is a ActiveX control associated with the Hotmail
Inbox or not. However, if there is you could similarly control it by
setting Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins to Prompt and giving each
prompt for it a No or a Yes too.
Hmm... there is an ActiveX control needed for login. Unfortunately the
prompt isn't as helpful as it might be because it gives us no clues about
which ActiveX control you would be allowing. FWIW I was able to open
my Live Hotmail Inbox (eventually) and still disallow all prompts for ActiveX.
My guess is there may have been some Flash ads available that I disallowed...
I think I have confirmed that guess by using Manage Add-ons to disable
Flash and reshowing the Inbox. I got a notice in my Status bar that
the page wanted to use a disabled ActiveX control... Who knew?
I have never seen that before and with it there was a new icon in place
of the usually empty slot which when doubleclicked opens the Manage
Add-ons tool. Thanks for this bit of serendipity! ; )
FYI a broken Flash install is a common cause of your problem symptom.
> I mention this because PA Bear mentions a download.
Oh? Was it Flash? <eg>
> I have always assumed that Hotmail and any similar mail setup is entirely
> web based with all data saved on the web site.
> Any comments from any of you are most welcome.