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Old 03. Aug 2011, 05:04 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Yes it is very, very, VERY annoying. I tried repeatedly to use the "send feedback" link to moan about it but it kept telling me I had no internet connection - even though I had a browser window open at the same time.
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Old 24. Aug 2011, 06:11 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Skype is getting more and more annoying. A new version 5.5.0.114 is out, which is a bugfix release. Since last time, they are providing an online installer. Add to that, now when you click on download, they ask you to sign in, or create an account. What the heck, man. Why do I sign in to download Skype?

Last time, I had managed to get hold of the MSI version, but this time, I can't locate it. Seems like they have pulled the MSI version back. If someone knows how to get it, please do tell me.

I tried installing Skype via the full setup for the latest version, yet again... but I run into the same problems as I did before.

I think I might need to try deleting Skype registry too, to see if it will help in installation.
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Old 28. Aug 2011, 03:33 PM   #23 (permalink)
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I am sick of this new install method of Skype. It seems that others are sick too. I visited the Skype forum today, and its full of complaints about the new changes. I found some threads, where people posted about the same problem that I am getting, but there was no solution offered.

I came across this thread on their forum. Have a look :

http://community.skype.com/t5/Window...ows/td-p/52260

They ask you to reset the Internet Explorer to be the default browser, or else, you will have problems installing Skype. With MS taking over Skype, I know where that is coming from.

Also, there are other ridiculous things like cleaning temp files, running defrag, and other computer maintenance, disabling antivirus and firewall... what's all this. To check all this, just to install a program? Ridiculous.

Skype was able to install without any trouble before. These changes occurred only after MS took over.

I uninstalled Skype today using Revo Uninstaller in Moderate mode. I deleted all the leftover registries that it found.

After that, I tried to run the online installer, it still failed with the same error of having problems downloading from the download server.

Then, I went over to Skype forum, and got the above thread. I somehow managed to change IE as the default browser. I had trouble there, because I have IE6, and unlike other browsers which make changing a default browser very easy, its not the case with IE. Even after telling it to ask to make it the default browser, it just won't give me the option. It did so, only after I restarted the PC. Typical MS !

Now, after that, I tried the offline installer, it showed some sign of responding. It showed me a screen about installing Google toolbar, something which I did not get before. But, after that, same problem. Now, I am using the offline installer, which is supposed to install on its own, then why does it gives the download error? I even made IE the default browser, cleaned the temporary files, what else should I do?

And after that first try, the installer simply won't work again.

I then tried the online installer. This time, it did start the online downloading of Skype. But, after the downloading was complete, it again shows me the same download error. Well, I just downloaded the file, what more am I supposed to do?

I then noticed that Skype.msi gets there in the Application Data folder for All Users. I saved it.

I then ran it, and Skype was installed. But, even so, its strange that the Windows installer just configured the installer, and Skype was installed just like that. It did not show any process of Skype installation.

Well whatever, Skype has been finally installed on my PC... but I am really annoyed, and feel like pulling out my hair. I will surely be looking for some other program for voice communication.

I intend to put this rant on Skype forum too.

And yes, Skype home thing is pretty annoying. Its annoying other users too. See their forum.
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Old 28. Aug 2011, 05:16 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Both I and my son (who lives in N.Ireland) had no problems installing Skype in the normal way. The only error I encountered was that it said that it could not install Skype toolbar and would just install Skype normally. (Fine by me ). Apart from the home problem as mentioned before it is working fine.
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I have experienced a few issues with the online installer in the past but for 5.5.0.113 everything went fine. I can tell you I'm liking the UI less and less. I really am not looking forward to the Skype/M$ merge. It was a big buzzkill for me. If and when Google Voice becomes compatible for Mac, I'm making my girlfriend install it and I'll be done with Skype altogether.
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