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J. P. Gilliver (John)
2018-07-24 16:51:45 UTC
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I have two Windows 7 machines - this one (Toshiba, apparently four cores
though I think two, 32 bit, 4G; and a big old Acer, single core -
actually ex-Vista, I think - but 17" screen, 64 bit, 3G; I keep it for
Skype and TeamViewer, and it does those well).

I've never got Skype working on here (the more modern machine). I've
tried Skype 7, 6, and I think even 5. It apparently installs and runs,
but says something like "Skype can't connect" (in a slightly different
way/window depending whether I'm trying 6 or 7, but the gist is the
same). I _am_ entering the right Skype ID and password.

For some reason - can't remember what prompted me - I downloaded and ran
Skype-8.25.0.5.exe. Although I don't think it went swimmingly, it did
install - and ran, and connected! I had all my contacts and so on, and
generally all was well: I even tried a connection to the test robot,
which worked fine.

Some time later, I noticed the fan was running more than usual, and sure
enough, Skype was using about 25% CPU - most of one core. I had
deliberately left it on (yes, I know, but I _don't_ have a tinfoil hat);
I don't mind it running in the background, and was happy to leave it on
in case anyone calls me. But 25% seemed a bit much (and I don't _think_
it was using that much initially). So I closed it down - properly, from
its own tray icon or taskbar (I forget which), not crashing it from Task
Manager. But now I can't start it again. Something seems to happen for a
minute or so, then stops. I _haven't_ tried a machine reboot; I will in
time.

On the old clunker (but with big screen), it's been running fine for I
think some years; of late I've been getting "update", and declining it.
After it worked - initially - on here, I decided to try to update it on
the old machine. (I think I remember now what prompted this lark to
start: I think Skype sent me an email. That's right; I tried updating
the Skype on here by telling it to, and it failed but gave me the link
to download the .exe mentioned above.) It seemed to do something, but I
had no Skype. If I tried, something took its single core to 100% for a
minute or so, and put the icon in the tray, then stopped (and the icon
disappeared).

So, alarmed that I might lose my only working Skype (I do need it, for
occasional help to my blind friend), I did a system restore - and
fortunately, it came back - version 7.38.0.101, which is working. But of
course is now telling me it'll "be discontinued soon."
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Wolf K
2018-07-24 20:34:03 UTC
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I have two Windows 7 machines - this one (Toshiba, apparently four cores
though I think two, 32 bit, 4G; and a big old Acer, single core -
actually ex-Vista, I think - but 17" screen, 64 bit, 3G; I keep it for
Skype and TeamViewer, and it does those well).
I've never got Skype working on here (the more modern machine). I've
tried Skype 7, 6, and I think even 5. It apparently installs and runs,
but says something like "Skype can't connect" (in a slightly different
way/window depending whether I'm trying 6 or 7, but the gist is the
same). I _am_ entering the right Skype ID and password.
For some reason - can't remember what prompted me - I downloaded and ran
Skype-8.25.0.5.exe. Although I don't think it went swimmingly, it did
install - and ran, and connected! I had all my contacts and so on, and
generally all was well: I even tried a connection to the test robot,
which worked fine.
[...]

My wife told me that Skype wants to update, and that her version of
Skype won't work correctly in future. It seems the future is now.

A few months ago, I came across a note somewhere that the newest Skype
will be paid for by ads. Thar's when I turned off auto-update on Skype.
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Paul
2018-07-24 21:48:42 UTC
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I have two Windows 7 machines - this one (Toshiba, apparently four cores
though I think two, 32 bit, 4G; and a big old Acer, single core -
actually ex-Vista, I think - but 17" screen, 64 bit, 3G; I keep it for
Skype and TeamViewer, and it does those well).
I've never got Skype working on here (the more modern machine). I've
tried Skype 7, 6, and I think even 5. It apparently installs and runs,
but says something like "Skype can't connect" (in a slightly different
way/window depending whether I'm trying 6 or 7, but the gist is the
same). I _am_ entering the right Skype ID and password.
For some reason - can't remember what prompted me - I downloaded and ran
Skype-8.25.0.5.exe. Although I don't think it went swimmingly, it did
install - and ran, and connected! I had all my contacts and so on, and
generally all was well: I even tried a connection to the test robot,
which worked fine.
Some time later, I noticed the fan was running more than usual, and sure
enough, Skype was using about 25% CPU - most of one core. I had
deliberately left it on (yes, I know, but I _don't_ have a tinfoil hat);
I don't mind it running in the background, and was happy to leave it on
in case anyone calls me. But 25% seemed a bit much (and I don't _think_
it was using that much initially). So I closed it down - properly, from
its own tray icon or taskbar (I forget which), not crashing it from Task
Manager. But now I can't start it again. Something seems to happen for a
minute or so, then stops. I _haven't_ tried a machine reboot; I will in
time.
On the old clunker (but with big screen), it's been running fine for I
think some years; of late I've been getting "update", and declining it.
After it worked - initially - on here, I decided to try to update it on
the old machine. (I think I remember now what prompted this lark to
start: I think Skype sent me an email. That's right; I tried updating
the Skype on here by telling it to, and it failed but gave me the link
to download the .exe mentioned above.) It seemed to do something, but I
had no Skype. If I tried, something took its single core to 100% for a
minute or so, and put the icon in the tray, then stopped (and the icon
disappeared).
So, alarmed that I might lose my only working Skype (I do need it, for
occasional help to my blind friend), I did a system restore - and
fortunately, it came back - version 7.38.0.101, which is working. But of
course is now telling me it'll "be discontinued soon."
https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA12041/what-platforms-is-skype-available-on

Windows 10 Skype 12.1815.209.0 for Windows 10
Windows Not10 Skype for Windows version 7.41.0.101
Skype for Windows Desktop version 8.25.0.5

Sounds like maybe you'd want to find 7.41.0.101.

https://go.skype.com/classic.skype

SkypeSetupFullXp.exe 57,491,928 bytes
SHA1: B324DE5E32EC3FBCC6350CD20EF1BDCC375D1531

HTH,
Paul
J. P. Gilliver (John)
2018-07-24 22:07:37 UTC
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Post by J. P. Gilliver (John)
So, alarmed that I might lose my only working Skype (I do need it,
for occasional help to my blind friend), I did a system restore - and
fortunately, it came back - version 7.38.0.101, which is working. But
of course is now telling me it'll "be discontinued soon."
https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA12041/what-platforms-is-skype-available-on
Windows 10 Skype 12.1815.209.0 for Windows 10
Windows Not10 Skype for Windows version 7.41.0.101
Skype for Windows Desktop version 8.25.0.5
Sounds like maybe you'd want to find 7.41.0.101.
https://go.skype.com/classic.skype
SkypeSetupFullXp.exe 57,491,928 bytes
SHA1: B324DE5E32EC3FBCC6350CD20EF1BDCC375D1531
Thanks, downloaded. I take it that'll work (if it's going to) on both 32
and 64 7, and that it's 7.41.0.101 . Though I'd assumed the "be
discontinued soon" refers to all versions of 7.
Post by Paul
HTH,
Paul
It might (-:.
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J. P. Gilliver (John)
2018-07-26 22:05:19 UTC
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Post by J. P. Gilliver (John)
So, alarmed that I might lose my only working Skype (I do need it,
for occasional help to my blind friend), I did a system restore -
and fortunately, it came back - version 7.38.0.101, which is working.
But of course is now telling me it'll "be discontinued soon."
https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA12041/what-platforms-is-skype-available-on
Windows 10 Skype 12.1815.209.0 for Windows 10
Windows Not10 Skype for Windows version 7.41.0.101
Skype for Windows Desktop version 8.25.0.5
Sounds like maybe you'd want to find 7.41.0.101.
https://go.skype.com/classic.skype
SkypeSetupFullXp.exe 57,491,928 bytes
SHA1: B324DE5E32EC3FBCC6350CD20EF1BDCC375D1531
Thanks, downloaded. I take it that'll work (if it's going to) on both
32 and 64 7, and that it's 7.41.0.101 . Though I'd assumed the "be
discontinued soon" refers to all versions of 7.
Post by Paul
HTH,
Paul
It might (-:.
FWIW, on here (the more modern "four core" machine, that had never
satisfactorily connected Skype until after the Skype 8 upgrade, then
wouldn't run Skype again after I stopped it for using 25% CPU at idle),
has reconnected to Skype after a reboot (done for other reasons -
Windows update in this case). Skype isn't using 25% now - 00% (in Task
Manager) in fact.
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J. P. Gilliver. UMRA: 1960/<1985 MB++G()AL-IS-Ch++(p)***@T+H+Sh0!:`)DNAf

You make it from scratch?
Yep.
Do you make your own scratch?
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