Windows Live Favorites Now More Useful

Windows Live Favorites Now More Useful

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Microsoft announced Windows Live back in November. Since then I've used several of the new services, including my favorite - Windows Live Local (previously MSN Virtual Earth in an earlier incarnation). One service to which I just couldn't see any benefit yet (I know, it's still beta) was Windows Live Favorites.

Years ago Netscape 4 had a feature I loved - roaming profiles. You could set up a directory for WebDAV access or a proprietary module for Apache - if I recall correctly - and your profile would be downloaded when the browser suite opened and uploaded again when the browser was closed. No matter where I went so long as I enabled the feature my bookmarks, certificates, and various other settings came with me. Firefox didn't support it out of the box and newer Netscape versions built on the new Gecko rendering engine didn't either. Oh well, at this point with all the developer features I was using IE almost exclusively. I did miss, however, this roaming capability at least with my favorites.

Windows Live Favorites almost filled this gap. You could import your favorites but you had to go to the page to use them. I didn't find much value in that since it's always an extra click or two. Then today I found that they now have an add-in to the MSN Search Toolbar, which I use on all my machines already.

Once you sign-in with your Microsoft Passport you can use the Internet Explorer sidebar ("Explorer Bar") that looks similar to your actual Favorites explorer bar.

Windows Live Favorites Add-in

Finally I don't have to incessantly try to manage my favorites across all my machines both at work and at home.

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  • This is an excellent article w/some excellent information, but just yesterday, 01-21-2006, I visited this Site, it told me I needed to d/load & install it's software for my personal use. I proceeded, but!!! After getting all the way to the end, my Anti-Virus popped up, stating the following: This Active X Controlled Program Contains Malicious Code... Prompted me to make several options, so I did, including, "let it run this once"... My Anti-Virus started "extracting" everything I had d/loaded not only once, but twice! Can ya tell me what's up w/that? I really loved that Site & would use it for my own personal "nosiness" if nothing else, to look at my own house! LOL Please point me in the right direction, & btw, I'm reluctantly, (it's satisfactory, very, but...), using Mozilla Firefox Browser, (IE6 will not work for some unknown reason to me, it won't display HTML for some reason, that everyone I know professionally has even scratched their head about!), I wish I had IE6 back too, BUT, also using McAfee Anti-Virus Software, that automatically updates, etc., & it's the McAfee Online ViruScan. Any help in the right direction would be appreciated as I would really like to d/load this Software pertaining to the response from me here, "Windows Live Earth". Thanks so much for your time & a spot to perhaps get an answer to my questions. :o)
    Respectfully Submitted,
    Patt Parrish
  • Patt, on the Windows Live Favorites site I linked to there is a link to their blog. You might ask this question of them since I'm not a member of their team - only a user like you.

    Sometimes some virus scanners do detect false positives (don't always assume that's the case, though!). This could be one of those cases.

    Regarding your problems with IE, that is rather unfortunately. You should try opening a console window and running "regsvr32 mshtml.dll" and "regsvr32 shdocvw.dll" and see if that helps. If not, you might consider visiting our newsgroups at and finding a newsgroup that fits your problem. Hopefully someone there can help you fix the problem. See, IE is not just a browser but a rendering engine so even if you use Firefox other applications may be affected as well if they use MSHTML or the WebBrowser control and those are indeed registered incorrectly (or some other problem exists).
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