error with MSDN forum login RRS feed

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  • Hi Everyone:

    I originally posted this problem on the VB.NEt forums, and I was told to post it here.  I am using 2008.  In the past, I used to come to these forums, by going to Help>MSDN Forums, from the program (VS 2008).  Then it would give me a windows that said I was not signed in and to click on a link (Continue) to sign in and then I would get to these forums.  However, in the last couple of days, when I click on the Continue link, it tells me:

    Windows Live ID

    We're unable to complete your request

    Windows Live ID is experiencing technical difficulties. Please try again later.

    At first I thought that something was really wrong with the forums. So, this morning, I decided to come here directly from internet explorer, and it worked. Does anyone know how I can fix this problem so that I can get to these forums directly from or VS? Thank you for your help.


    Saturday, September 1, 2012 11:32 PM


  • I think the connect web site might be the place to report the problem.

    However, you may be able to change the URL it uses. Bearing in mind my VS2008 is installed on W7 x64 and I have some other versions of VS installed, there is a registry key "AskAQuestionUrl" at [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\MSDN\8.0\Help] which I found by searching the registry for "LinkId=35106" (without quotes, of course) which is contained in the URL that Help->MSDN Forums goes to. Don't go for the one in the MRU list. The value seems to appear in several places, so check which ones would apply sensibly.

    Edit: usual warning: be careful editing the registry. It could destroy your OS/programs/day.



    Sunday, September 2, 2012 6:35 PM

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