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Windows 7 breaks OWA.  KB911829 Patch makes it worse

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I am testing Windows 7 prior to deployment and ran into the red "X" issue in OWA, preventing editing or composing messages.  I followed up on that and found lots of articles referencing KB911829 as the fix.  I applied that patch to my Exchange server and now my Windows 7 OWA access is totally distorted with no functionality.  There is a "Loading..." reference but it never completes.  There is a menu down the left and at the top but clicking any icon just reloads the same page.  I found several references to distorted OWA screen in IE7, some dating back to Exchange 2k.  None of those solutions seem applicable.  This is Exchange 2003 Standard Edition with service pack 2 installed, IE8 on Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit.  Thanks in advance.
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by:Alan Hardisty
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I have just logged onto a customers OWA sitting on an SBS 2003 server and I am using Windows 7 64-Bit Ultimate and there are no problems with red crosses.
This sounds more like a server problem with OWA that a Windows 7 problem.
Have you tried the 5-Step fix outlined in this article:
http://mustech.net/2007/02/20/windows-vista-webmail-owa-fix-for-internet-explorer-7-five-step-fix 
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I agree that it is a server-side issue.  The problem ia that the hotfix for the Red X problem has created a new prolblem.

The 5-step program is not applicable.  I'm not running IE7 and I cannot click on any buttons in the OWA window.

Can you suggest something else I might try?

Thanks.
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by:Alan Hardisty
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Can you please re-apply Exchange 2003 Service Pack 2 (this often resolves issues and won't cause any harm):
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=535BEF85-3096-45F8-AA43-60F1F58B3C40&displaylang=en 
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by:LeeDerbyshire
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Did you try the IE8 compatibility mode button?
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It turns out that the distortion is not just on Windows 7 stations.  It is on all stations, Windows XP included.  

I cannot see the Hotfix in the Add/Remove Programs listing to remove it.

I have re-applied SP2 but it had no effect.

Thanks.
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