MSN Explorer – Security Enhancements


  • Security Enhancements to MSN Explorer will start to roll-out at the end of July 2013.
  • Changes will require (1) Password input/verification upon every access/sign-in; (2) Minimum operating system (XPSp3 or later); Minimum version of MSN Explorer (10.5 or later)


Dear MSN Member

Security enhancements are coming to your MSN Explorer sign-in experience which will require that:

  1. You must enter your password on every sign-in. Make sure you know your password.
  2. You are using the latest version of MSN Explorer which is version 10.50:
    • You must upgrade to the latest MSN Explorer version. The latest versions start with 10.50. Verify that you are running MSN 10.5 by doing the following:
      1. Launch MSN Explorer
      2. Click Help & Settings
      3. Click on About MSN
      4. If the version shown starts with 10.50, then you are running the latest version.
    • See the FAQ for instructions on upgrading if you are not on the current version.
  3. You must verify you are running a supported operating system version:
    • Click Start, and then click Run.
    • In the Open box, type winver.exe, and then click OK. The version number is displayed in the About Windows box.

If you are running Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8:

    • Your operating system is supported.

If you are running Windows XP, Windows XP Service Pack 1 or Windows XP Service Pack 2:

    • You must upgrade to Windows XP Service Pack 3. Follow the directions on this site.

If you are running Windows 98, Windows ME or Windows 2000:

    • These operating systems are no longer supported by MSN Explorer.
    • For information on alternatives and saving your information please refer to the FAQ.

The update will start rolling out at the end of July. We appreciate your patience as we work to keep your online experience as safe as possible. If you have questions on these changes you can refer to the FAQ or contact MSN Product Support at 1-800-386-5550.

Your MSN Explorer Team


  • MSN Explorer Sign-in Changes FAQ’s –
  • MSN Explorer Versions prior to 10.5 will no longer work
  • Windows XP Sp3, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 will be the only supported operating systems
  • Enhanced ant-phishing capabilities will be deployed by adding McAfee® SiteAdvisor® technology to MSN Explorer


July 15, 2013: Original Draft and Original Publish Date

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7 Responses to MSN Explorer – Security Enhancements

  1. Sherry says:

    This makes me wonder how much longer Microsoft will be supporting MSN Explorer.


    • Winston says:

      Hi Sherry,
      Since MSN Explorer is subscription based ranging from approx. $10-22 per month per subscriber (BYO Isp or Dial Up access) and MSN 10.5 just being upgraded/released it would seem unlikely (at least in the foreseeable future) that MSFT would forego that revenue source and deprecate support for MSN Explorer.


  2. Stephaine says:

    Appreciate the many great tips on this website.


  3. Cora says:

    Awesome post.


  4. Winston says:

    In reply to a request (now deleted) from a known troll who by a sheer flash of marginal intelligence commented about the MS MemberCenter link.
    The link works fine with Internet Explorer (9, 10, 11-Preview) and latest version of Sea Monkey (a Mozilla based browser similar to Firefox).
    Text size in a browser window is configurable via your browser options
    – In IE use the View option to the text size by choosing to modify the Zoom % or the Text Size
    – In Mozilla based browsers use the View option and adjust the Zoom %

    As far as the email:
    – Bottom line – > If using MSN Explorer you need to upgrade to the latest version (10.5)
    – If you need further assistance and are an MSN fee-based subscriber using MSN Explorer contact MSN Product Support at 1-800-386-5550


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  6. Willie T. says:

    You think MSN would have the decency to notify it’s subscribers of the changes.


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