08 April 2008 11:57
I was hoping that Microsoft's own version of a registry cleaner for VISTA would not produce the "Windows can not open this file (msn##.downloadhost)" error like the other aftermarket registry cleaners out there that damage the Microsoft Download Manager that runs from MSN Internet Explorer. Beware of all registry cleaners used to clean VISTA. Until one is made FOR VISTA, STAY AWAY!! One, in particular, hosed up my Registry permissions such that I had to reload the factory image (Dell) and start all over. Can Microsoft produce a registry cleaner that will not damage their own File Download Manager?????
08 April 2008 14:07Moderator
Technically, you're off topic since there is no Registry Cleaner beta in Windows Live OneCare - http://onecare.live.com
However, you are referring, I'm sure to the Safety Scan, the free online version of OneCare that does include a registry scan. Their forums are here:
Personally, I avoid *all* registry cleaner like the plague unless I have a specific reason to use them to point out keys that I may wish to delete or repair. I never let the scanners repair automatically as they can do more harm than good. In my opinion, the value or registry cleaners is way overstated.
08 April 2008 16:08Thank you, Steve. Yes, I am a bit off topic. I believe you are correct that registry cleaners are overated, but somehow I've been conditioned that using them is a benefit. Most don't allow you much selectivity in their cleanings. I was hoping this thread would make it directly to Microsoft as this particular error has shown up through a few operating system iterations, now including Vista, which leads me to believe that the Microsoft Registry Scan is just an adaptation of other cleaners, or prior MS cleaners for earlier OPS, and not Vista. Perhaps that's what "BETA" could imply, I don't know... I'm more interested in a permanent fix for Download Manager other than trying to re-register a key that the cleaner misinterpreted as garbage and wiped out.
11 Februari 2009 16:10I have the same issue except I used a different registry cleaner. How does one restore MSNxx.downloadhost.dll? I cannot find any information on the Microsoft web support. Some indicate that you would have to restore the entirre OS, but that seems a bit overkill.
Since I am not a computer wizz, I need simple instructions. I have access to other systems that work so obviously the necessary DLL is on those systems. Could I copy a file to my stick and upload it to the bad computer? (Bad computer, Bad doggy!) LOL ;>)
11 Februari 2009 16:17ModeratorI suggest that you reinstall MSN Explorer or contact the maker of the registry cleaner that you used for help. You can also pursue this with MSN Support, assuming you are a subscriber - http://support.msn.com - or your ISP if you received MSN Premium in a partner deal with a broadband ISP such as Verizon or Qwest.
Note that you are off topic for this forum.
Microsoft MVP Windows Live / Windows Live OneCare & Live Mesh Forum Moderator
09 Nopember 2009 7:04There are some people would like to say the registry cleaner or registry oprimizer would do more harm than banefit.
But, as a long time registry optimizer uaser, I would like to say the registry utitiles actually do me a favor.
You do need to choose a best registry optimizer to help you, such as Ccleaner which is totally free and useful!