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Once your account is Verified, then use Outlook.com only and it will work.
Did that yesterday but did it again just in case:
  • Tested two of the accounts
  • Looked good
  • Happened on the third login
BTW, I tried calling Microsoft and they refer you to online support but that is not that helpful, gotta say. Is there a human at Microsoft I can talk to? Already tried:

  • 877-696-7786
  • 800-936-5700

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Windows 7 is no longer supported by Microsoft. They will only suggest you upgrade to Windows 10 or 11.
 

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Upgrade to 10 is free so if your hardware can't take 11, why not go for it?
 

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Okay, but here's the million dollar question, and I really don't know the answer to this...if it's an Outook/hotmail issue, how will upgrading the OS fix it? Since hotmail is on the net how will upgrading help? Unless it does somehow. 🤷‍♂️ Like I said, I don't know the answer to this.

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We don't know the answer, that is why we are deflecting the question to Microsoft.
I am just letting you know that Microsoft won't help you because your OS is no longer supported by MS and they won't start to help you until you upgrade to Windows 10. That may or may not solve the problem, but if you Upgrade to Windows 10, you can get through to MS support easier.
Here are some other suggestions Fixes or workarounds for recent issues on Outlook.com
 

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We don't know the answer, that is why we are deflecting the question to Microsoft.
I am just letting you know that Microsoft won't help you because your OS is no longer supported by MS and they won't start to help you until you upgrade to Windows 10. That may or may not solve the problem, but if you Upgrade to Windows 10, you can get through to MS support easier.
Here are some other suggestions Fixes or workarounds for recent issues on Outlook.com
Yep, was a Support Engineer for 15 years so know that dance. :) Some one calling in on unsupported software was always the easiest call to get, ha.

I tried that main workaround with the same error. Unfortunately it only works for a short while and then you have to do it again. The one thing that is missing in that workaround...the explanation as to why it's happening and why it started happening just a few days ago. I don't have automatic updates so it's something that they pushed out to Outlook/hotmail without telling people and now it screwed things up.

Theory time:
  • I'm not the only person that's having this problem
  • Some high profile person, ie a**hole, will have this issue and they will be pissed
  • They will pull some strings
  • It will get fixed

I guess I'll just hobble along until it gets fixed.

Thanks for the help everyone! (y)
 

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If you believe it is due to a Windows Update, you can go to the Windows Updates and check Update History. Find the date closes to when the problem started, then Uninstall that Update. Or you can do a System Restore to the time before that update. And you can block that update from being downloaded.

And as mentioned on this forum and every other Forum ad nauseum , if you had an Image file created with Macirum Reflect or your favorite imaging software, of your computer when it was running well, you could have restored your computer with that image in a few minute instead of days or weeks and be back in business.
 

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If you believe it is due to a Windows Update, you can go to the Windows Updates and check Update History. Find the date closes to when the problem started, then Uninstall that Update. Or you can do a System Restore to the time before that update. And you can block that update from being downloaded.

And as mentioned on this forum and every other Forum ad nauseum , if you had an Image file created with Macirum Reflect or your favorite imaging software, of your computer when it was running well, you could have restored your computer with that image in a few minute instead of days or weeks and be back in business.
Eureka!

Think you might be onto something with the System Restore! Wasn't even thinking! This has fixed many of my problems in the past.

Thank you my friend! Crossing fingers.

Will keep you posted. (y)
 

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Eureka!

Think you might be onto something with the System Restore! Wasn't even thinking! This has fixed many of my problems in the past.

Thank you my friend! Crossing fingers.

Will keep you posted. (y)
Hey Spunk,

Bad news, didn't work. BUT...I stumbled across a work around. Seems like when the error occurs if I log out and log back into the same account everything works (still testing it but so far seems to be working). Very bizarre, almost like the second log in re-establishes connection. It is not ideal. I really am considering getting everything from those accounts that are irreplaceable, pics etc and switching to gmail. I no longer have any faith in Microsoft or Outlook.

Thanks for all of the help Spunk and Corday.

May the Force be with you! ✨
Live long and prosper! 💫
 

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Okay, last and final update:

  • My little work around didn't work...
  • My work laptop has Windows 10
  • I tested it just to rule out if it was an OS issue...same thing
  • I will be getting everything I need from those accounts and switching to gmail after having these accounts for over 20 years
  • It will be a nightmare, switching accounts in amazon, ebay, paypal etc but f**k them for tying Outlook/hotmail to the OS
  • Email should NEVER, EVER, EVER be reliant on your OS
  • THAT IS THE WHOLE POINT OF EMAIL!!!!
  • F**k Microsoft for doing that and F**k Bill Gates for letting them (And that's coming from a guy that's been a PC guy his whole life, for over 30 years)

Not a happy camper. :mad: (I've only used this emoticon like three times in my life, ha)
 

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Before you give up, I know you tried this before, but not since you did a System Restore, try another browser besides Chrome, Also clear all Browsing Data.
If all fails, I would seriously consider upgrading to Windows 10.
 

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Before you give up, I know you tried this before, but not since you did a System Restore, try another browser besides Chrome, Also clear all Browsing Data.
If all fails, I would seriously consider upgrading to Windows 10.
Okay:
  • I did that, followed your steps
  • I used IE, even though it is insufferably slow
  • Cleared all browsing data
  • I log in and out of my three accounts in rapid succession
  • It looked like it was working
  • Logged back in...happened again
  • As mentioned, I tested this on Win 10 on my work laptop...same issue

Unless you have a guaranteed fix/patch from Microsoft, I'm done. This a deal breaker. I do not text and I do not use social media but do rely heavily on email. Will be swapping all of my accounts to gmail. My next laptop will be a Mac.
 

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Not sure if you tried this, but start a Command Prompt as Admin. Type
SFC /scannow and press Enter. This should replace any missing system files in Windows 7.

Other then that the Fix/Patch from Microsoft is to Upgrade to Windows 10.
 

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Not sure if you tried this, but start a Command Prompt as Admin. Type
SFC /scannow and press Enter. This should replace any missing system files in Windows 7.

Other then that the Fix/Patch from Microsoft is to Upgrade to Windows 10.
Never did this before but figured it out. Came up clean:

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- What Fix/Patch from Microsoft are you talking about?

- I tested this on my work laptop that has Win 10 with the same result. You might know something I don't but what would be the point of upgrading to Windows 10 if we've already established it's not OS specific?
 
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