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Windows 7 and MSN Explorer 8

by hunghung1 / August 5, 2010 11:43 AM PDT

I live in Hong Kong. I used MSN Explorer (for free) on my old laptop. It broke and I just bought a new one with Windows 7. I want to install MSN Explorer, but MSN Customer Support said it is now available only if I have MSN Premium subscription.

There is a free MSN Explorer 8 availalbe on the web for download (e.g., but its description says "Operating Systems
Windows Xp,Windows Vista".

Will Explorer 8 be safe to use with Windows 7?

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It looks like
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 5, 2010 11:06 PM PDT

You'll have to try it and see. You have MSN's answer but now you get to try it on your own.

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Can't install MSN Explorer 8
by hunghung1 / August 10, 2010 6:38 PM PDT
In reply to: It looks like

I tried to install MSN Explorer 8 from the link I gave. However, after some steps, I get a screen with the message "You need to have "4042" KB of free disk space on $ to install this program. After you have freed up the necessary disk space, click Continue to install. Click Cancal to exit the installtion."

It seems W7 and MSN Explorer 8 aren't compatible. What do you think?

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That's not how I read it
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 10, 2010 8:38 PM PDT

That error message, (not sure what the $ means, but), says you need to free up hard disk space.

Without knowing more all I could suggest is 'do that'.


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I laptop must have space
by hunghung1 / August 10, 2010 8:57 PM PDT

This is a new laptop with 500GB hard disk.

Is there a thing called $ disk? I don't even know what it is, let alone cleaning it.

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Could be a buggy installer.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 10, 2010 10:46 PM PDT

As there is no open source here your choices are limited. MSN already gave you one option. The only other option is to try Windows 7 compatability modes discussed widely. Here's a starter set of links for your research. Remember I won't be installing MSN so you have to seek out those that are trying this.

For your research ->

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IE8 for Win7
by Kyler_IE_Outreach / August 12, 2010 7:17 AM PDT

Internet Explorer 8 already comes standard with Windows 7, which could be a reason why you are unable to install, you already have it. The only MSN IE8 that I'm aware of is MSN "optimized" for IE8, which means it comes pre-loaded with add-ons and web-sliced from MSN. You can find most or all of these at

Hope this helps.

IE Outreach Team

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Not the same
by hunghung1 / August 12, 2010 8:12 AM PDT
In reply to: IE8 for Win7
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Just as note about that web site
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 12, 2010 8:14 PM PDT
In reply to: Not the same

The site you provided a link to seems to have a bad reputation with WOT, my Web of Trust security add-on in Firefox.

They need to sort that out. When I visited the site WOT displayed a large Warning! pop-up and I decided not to proceed further.


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