I have performed a fresh Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit installation yesterday. The installation was a charm (as always). I successfully installed all the drivers and software that I needed without breaking a sweat. However, the last two applications are still missing: Internet Explorer 9 (don't ask me why I need it - we can't all share the same luck in this world :) and Windows Live Essentials 2011 Photo Gallery.
I went to the Microsoft's download site to get the web installers, but the download of those files fails each time. I get a "Page not found" message. It's pretty amazing really. So, I went to my father's who has different network and uses the services from a different ISP. The download links work normally. I completely lost my nerves and called my ISP to ask if they blacklisted downloads from Microsoft Download Center. It was quite impossible to even imagine such scenario, but I was desperate. Of course, they haven't blocked anything.
One more thing: I am always offered to download Windows Live Essentials through Windows Update. But it hasn't shown up since the system is set up. My copy of Windows is legit and activated.
Could anyone please try to explain to me why is my system avoiding the software from Microsoft? Thanks.
P.S. Internet access is working just fine in general. It's just that one damn site, and only if I want to download something. Cheers.