Ever since I got my Systemax desktop and compelled to use that quirky WinME my compu-life has become enormously complicated and frustrating. Even after a full week on the phone with an MS/Redmond geek, all MS could do was send me a brand new CD for the full-boot-up version of WinME, in lieu of the bargain-basement upgrade-only version I bought from Atomic for only $60 (Anybody interested...?).
True, the new CD did eventually solve many of my big problems, after infinite tweaking/reloading sessions, but there is one problem remaining for which I have no clue and no hope of obtaining assistance from MS via the 'Net:
EVERY time I try to access any MS Site, other than the Windows Update Page from which I have downloaded EVERY possible update/upgrade and driver with the exception of IE6 (which I can download after an hour or so but cannot ever install past 68% of the program! It took 11 hours to download and install the IE5.5 Service Pack 2 on my 1GHz machine... some "speedy" processor!), I get the following irritating error message:
The page cannot be displayed
The page you are looking for is currently unavailable. The Web site might be experiencing technical difficulties, or you may need to adjust your browser settings.
Please try the following:
Click the Refresh button, or try again later.
If you typed the page address in the Address bar, make sure that it is spelled correctly.
To check your connection settings, click the Tools menu, and then click Internet Options. On the Connections tab, click Settings. The settings should match those provided by your local area network (LAN) administrator or Internet service provider (ISP).
If your Network Administrator has enabled it, Microsoft Windows can examine your network and automatically discover network connection settings.
If you would like Windows to try and discover them,
click Detect Network Settings
Some sites require 128-bit connection security. Click the Help menu and then click About Internet Explorer to determine what strength security you have installed.
If you are trying to reach a secure site, make sure your Security settings can support it. Click the Tools menu, and then click Internet Options. On the Advanced tab, scroll to the Security section and check settings for SSL 2.0, SSL 3.0, TLS 1.0, PCT 1.0.
Click the Back button to try another link.
Cannot find server or DNS Error
Thus, I am prevented from going to the tech-bulletin pages and other locations where I might be able to read or talk/type my way out of difficulty. What causes this blockage of access? Something about "credentials"? More importantly, HOW do I overcome these deficiencies, especially when after repeated scans of both this Systemax desktop as well as my Compaq 1200 lapdog by the MS Update Page no cited deficiencies are ever disclosed? Does anyone out there think this lock-out is related to the above-mentioned problem of slow/no-installation of IE6 and the IE5.5 SP2?