OLEXP: "Unable to Poll" Message Appears in Outlook Express with Hotmail Account

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When you perform a send and receive or set up a new Hotmail account in Outlook Express, you may receive the following error message:
Unable to poll for new messages on your HTTP server.
Account: 'Hotmail'
Server: 'http://services.msn.com/svcs/hotmail/httpmail.asp'
Protocol: HTTPMail
Server Response: 'End tag 'D:response' does not match the start tag 'D:prop'.
Port: 0
Secure(SSL): No
Error Number: 0xC00CE56D


This behavior can occur because Internet Explorer manages cookies on a site-by-site basis.


To resolve this behavior, modify Internet Explorer's Privacy settings to include Hotmail.com in the list of domains that always allow cookies. Follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, point to Programs, and then click Internet Explorer.
  2. On the Tools menu, click Internet Options.
  3. Click the Privacy tab, and then click Edit.
  4. In the Address or Web site box, type www.hotmail.com, and then click Allow.
  5. Click OK.


Article ID: 314427 - Last Review: February 27, 2014 - Revision: 1.2
  • Microsoft Outlook Express 6.0
  • Microsoft Outlook Express 6.0
  • Microsoft Outlook Express 6.0
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