The experiment with my mom trying to connect with windows live messenger was a dismal failure.
I set up a new hotmail account just for connecting from her computer to mine, allowed Messenger to save the username and password, tested and retested it, all worked while I was there.
Today we tested it out, what should have happened was she would just have to click on start > click on the live messenger icon then click sign on button.
Only problem is, from the time I left Saturday to the time we tested it today the saved username and password disappeared. Being how my mom’s hands and eyes are not to good she had trouble typing in the long username and password I had assigned to the account, and she kept getting an incorrect user name or password error. So we had to abandon that till I can get back down there again and see what went wrong.
In the meantime it looks I need to get back to the specifications and the how-to’s for each version of windows, seeing how no 2 work exactly the same. I have started collecting the information to create a tools specify for checking registy,Running services or lack of, and firewall rules. I found the location in the registry where the firewall rules are written.
I need to write a program that will connect people like my mom with her difficulties. Or others that are just computer challenged.
Thanks again everyone for your suggestions.
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