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Skype Wont Open


I have a dell inspiron 600m laptop with windows 7 - up until a few days ago, i had no trouble accessing skype. The other day, i tried my skype desktop icon, but cannot get it to open - i get a 'user account control' pop-up window which asks me if "i want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer". When i click 'yes', nothing happens.

I have checked my task manager and skype appears in the processes column, but does not show that it is working. My wife's toshiba laptop with windows 7 accesses skype on the same account and has no problem whatsoever - we have used skype this way for a few years with no problem until this past week. Any suggestions?


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