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Occasionally there is an issue with the LiveId cookie that needs to get cleared out.

Comments (6)

  1. Pedro Ferreira says:

    Is this related to the current error on MSDN?

    “Sorry, we were unable to service your request.”

    It’s only happening when I’m logged in. Tried clearing the cookies with no effect.

    [Chris responds: There is an outtage this morning.  We are analyzing the issue now.]

  2. Cheo says:

    i can’t visit download section, same error as Pedro, it’s saturday so it will be fixed by Monday?

    thanks! i’m going to send you some suggestions on the newly added content mockup.

    [Chris responds: It should be up by Monday.  We are working on fixing the server that is having trouble as well as escalating the build out of a new server running the latest bits.]

  3. eric says:

    i seem to get this error every time i try to log in… hafta clear my cookies every time :(

    [Chris responds: This definitely should not be the case.  Once you see the “all clear” message for today’s outage, try one more time (today’s issue is tracked here: http://blogs.msdn.com/msdnsubscriptions/archive/2008/10/04/subscriptions-downloads-and-personalization-is-currently-down-last-updated-2008-10-04-11-45am-pst.aspx).  If you still have issues, then private message me (you’ll have to sign in) with your contact details and we’ll get you some help.]

  4. I had this because my login page is Qwest.live.com. Go to a live.com or hotmail.com site and LOG OUT. Then go to msdn.microsoft.com and log back in. After this, you’ll be able to access the downloads.

    Worked for me, anyway. I even tried unstalling ie7 and re-installing, and was about to just switch over to FireFox when I found out that this worked.

    [Chris responds: Please sign into the blog and contact me via mail privately with your contact details – as you should not have to do these extra steps.  I’ll have you collect some browser trace logs and I will forward them to our authentication team for analysis.]

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