AOL for Windows 10.1 (2.1.97.1) Beta 2

2.0 out of 5 stars 2.0 (313 votes)

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Windows 7/Vista/XP / Subscription / 26,385 downloads

America Online (AOL) is a leading Internet Service Provider (ISP) that provides users with access to both the Internet and special AOL content. It offers several individual channels of content and features that cover topics such as news and entertainment. Members can obtain up to seven email addresses per account, as well as 10MB of personal home page space. Buddy Lists and instant messaging features are also included. With an AOL account, you can utilize a vast array of chat rooms, message boards, and online stores. Other features include online screening software, user profiles, and easy access to the Internet with AOL's own browser. The installation utility simplifies setup by locating local dial-up numbers, finding your modem, and configuring your software. AOL provides hundreds of widespread dial-up numbers, many of which offer speeds of 56 kbps.

  • Homepage

    AOL

  • Latest Changes

    - Intermittent "unable to access message content" error message when reading a message

    - Message status not working for aol.com, aim.com and all Tunome addresses

    - When marking a message as Spam, the message does not appear in the Spam Folder until you sign out and sign back in

    - Unable to mark message in Spam folder as "This is not Spam" or move to another folder

  • Other Versions

    AOL for Mac OS X

Reviews of AOL for Windows

  1. 5 out of 5 stars
    bainbridge02

    Reviewing 10.1 (2.1.97.1) Beta 2 (Aug 19, 2011)

    Browser speed is excellent and everything works great. Thanks.

  2. 4 out of 5 stars
    bestguy4u46

    Reviewing 10.1 (2.1.97.1) Beta 2 (Aug 16, 2011)

    It's been improved this version. Good work.

  3. 1 out of 5 stars
    AOL Critic

    Reviewing 10.1 (2.1.97.1) Beta 2 (Dec 25, 2009)

    I used to love AOL. Its VOIP service was second to none. It provided various automated messages to give callers -- including informer the caller than you are aware of their call and will call within a minute. Then, we could save the voice messages online, archive calls, and block nuisance callers. It was a great service. I loved its chat rooms through which I made many friends from around the country and world, some of whom became business partners. Many were very well educated, bright, accomplished, and thoroughly delightful people. I had absolutely no complaints about the service beyond AOL"s customer service being outsourced to Indian. I have had some of the most interesting political discussions in real time on current events in these chatrooms, believe it or not.

    Today, AOL is a different story. The news articles which greet users are geared towards the lowest common denominator to reach the maximum number of hits to drum up advertising revenue. Most of the articles are not news and gear towards the gossipy, irrelevant side. Some even amount to bait and switch. That's the least of AOL's problems.

    Yes, I have experienced all the system crashes other people have written about here. The chatrooms are virtually empty now. (Wonder why? Where did all the subscribers go?) The only good part is the "favorites" section which allows me to quickly link onto news bulletins I follow.

    Other than that -- the system is slow and malfunctions due to the higih memory it uses. Then, it MANDATES updates. If the system is working fine before, why should I have to update it. AOL doesn't even ask permission to update -- it informs you that it is going to update right now or you will not be able to sign on again. Sometimes the system will freeze and throw you off ...to force an update. Once you try to sign on again, you will get this error. Going around it is to no avail. Trying a clean erase and then reinstall and AOL will still demand the update.

    Why should I be forced into allowing AOL to download more crap onto my computer -- especially when I don't even know what it is ..and the system was working fine before the updates..and then crashes afterwards.

    Even worse, AOL breaks off my Internet connection entirely. The only way to fix the problem is to do run system restore 2, maybe 3 times -- taking upwards of an hour to do this each time, losing that much time in productivity. Try using AOL again...and it will again allow me an hour of tme to use its browser, then throw me offline, and then cut off myInternet connection and force me to do another system restore. It's just hopeless.

    RIght now...I have done a clean sweep of AOL. I want to get online to AOL so i can retrieve my favorites and access them through my Internet browser...but when I Reinstall AOL..it demands I Allow downloads...I finally condeded to the downloads..and AOL tells me the system needs to reboot in order for the upgrades to take effect. The problem is that each time i reboot, i get the same error message. Presumably AOL has crashed..and I will never be able to access AOL again until I get a new computer.

    I don't know who these positive posters are, but I assume they are AOL employees or shareholders. The system is horrendously bad right now. I have been a patient, understanding, loyal AOL subscriber...and I have frankly reached my limit as well. Too many hassles. No benefit derided from it.

  4. 1 out of 5 stars
    ZenoLabs

    Reviewing 10.1 (2.1.97.1) Beta 2 (Dec 10, 2009)

    Don't waste your time with this crap.

  5. 5 out of 5 stars
    Timoleon

    Reviewing 10.1 (2.1.97.1) Beta 2 (Dec 9, 2009)

    A triumph of the human spirit!

  6. 1 out of 5 stars
    louisville09

    Reviewing 10.1 (2.1.97.1) Beta 2 (Dec 8, 2009)

    Software installation reports Unsupported Operating System on Windows 7. Will not install.

  7. 3 out of 5 stars
    lestrange

    Reviewing 9.5 Final (0.4337.148.1) (Oct 29, 2009)

    Turning off Topspeed in AOL 9.5. It's not hard. Go to program files\common files\AOL. Select Topspeed and send the whole miserable subdirectory to the landfill. Without Topspeed, the browser isn't bad--and the tabs are better than the little window button at the bottom of the page for opening a new window.

  8. 4 out of 5 stars
    DoHickey

    Reviewing 9.5 Final (0.4337.148.1) (Oct 15, 2009)

    The way you feel about the company is not a review of the software. A review is about the functionality of the program.
    With that being said, I have no problems with this release. All other 9.5 betas that I tried had lots of little problems that made the experience like having a stick poked in my eye.
    As long as some people prefer an all in one solution to the on line experience, AOL will be around even if it is the free for broadband service.

  9. 5 out of 5 stars
    TomA102210

    Reviewing 9.5 Final (0.4337.148.1) (Oct 15, 2009)

    nvic said:

    Reviewing 9.5 Final (0.4337.148.1) (Oct 15, 2009)

    Ugh. I can't believe they still make this. Not sure how much worse they can make it.
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    Too bad your post is empty rhetoric, saying nothing at all of any substantive nature. And yes, they (meaning AOL) still makes "this" and "they" will continue to make this. The GM of this software is first class. Sure, there are still a few bugs, but show me a software that doesn't have a bug or two. I'll rate it a 4 and a half, but because the rating system doesn't accept halves, I'll make it a 5.
    Next time try saying something about your experience with this GM build. That is if you even tried it.

  10. 2 out of 5 stars
    nvic

    Reviewing 9.5 Final (0.4337.148.1) (Oct 15, 2009)

    Ugh. I can't believe they still make this. Not sure how much worse they can make it.

  11. 3 out of 5 stars
    methuselah

    Reviewing 9.5 Refresh Beta 17ab (0.4337.125.1) (Sep 27, 2009)

    beta17 isn't bad, for what it is. I have it working on Windows7 RTM satisfactorily, although it's the first AOL software I've used in a long time.
    Folks like me, who can't stand moving ads, generally dislike this software, and use either Thunderbird or Firefox and webmail with something like adblock plus and noscript.

  12. 4 out of 5 stars
    embers

    Reviewing 9.5 Refresh Beta 17ab (0.4337.125.1) (Sep 25, 2009)

    Okay. For those the software satisfies, I imagine it is great. I am just the wrong demographic for that. I don't like it, that doesn't mean you won't.

    I am giving it four stars.

  13. 1 out of 5 stars
    FailedCRC

    Reviewing 9.5 Refresh Beta 17ab (0.4337.125.1) (Sep 24, 2009)

    As their subscriber base is consistently declining, hopefully they will not be around much longer at all.

  14. 5 out of 5 stars
    TomA102210

    Reviewing 9.5 Refresh Beta 15 (0.4337.101.2) (Aug 28, 2009)

    VictorAnderson and other bashers said:

    Reviewing 9.5 Refresh Beta 13 (0.4337.89.1) (Aug 5, 2009)

    Oh look - it's another AOL app - or wait its a giant bunch of banner ads surronding a tiny app.

    This is one of those things that they should just let die. The whole business model is a complete failure...just give up already.

    The only usefull thing I've ever got from AOL was one of those little tin's that they were shipping those worthless CD's in. Thanks AOL for the new dope-tray - but you can keep yer software. At least I have a new pot tray and a coaster for my beer (the cd).'
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    My dear Vicky and other non fans of AOL. AOL will be around long after you are gone. You've received the attention you crave, now move on. AOL is a very good product.

  15. 5 out of 5 stars
    craigun

    Reviewing 9.5 Refresh Beta 15 (0.4337.101.2) (Aug 27, 2009)

    I agree with Soozy. Don't rate software you have NOT used. I find AOL is working hard to bring a quality item to the masses for free.

  16. 4 out of 5 stars
    Soozy

    Reviewing 9.5 Refresh Beta 14 (0.4337.93.1) (Aug 12, 2009)

    I thought these reviews were for reviewing the posted software, not bashing AOL.
    If you don't like AOL, then don't use it!!!!!

  17. 1 out of 5 stars
    some guy

    Reviewing 9.5 Refresh Beta 13 (0.4337.89.1) (Aug 6, 2009)

    die already! your time has passed

  18. 1 out of 5 stars
    Sven123456789

    Reviewing 9.5 Refresh Beta 13 (0.4337.89.1) (Aug 5, 2009)

    Newbs out there still use this?

  19. 1 out of 5 stars
    VictorAnderson

    Reviewing 9.5 Refresh Beta 13 (0.4337.89.1) (Aug 5, 2009)

    Oh look - it's another AOL app - or wait its a giant bunch of banner ads surronding a tiny app.

    This is one of those things that they should just let die. The whole business model is a complete failure...just give up already.

    The only usefull thing I've ever got from AOL was one of those little tin's that they were shipping those worthless CD's in. Thanks AOL for the new dope-tray - but you can keep yer software. At least I have a new pot tray and a coaster for my beer (the cd).

  20. 2 out of 5 stars
    nvic

    Reviewing 9.5 Refresh Beta 13 (0.4337.89.1) (Aug 5, 2009)

    It really isn't needed anymore...not only that, but it brought two fast systems (P4 3Ghz, 640MB RAM, and Pentium D, 2GB RAM) i tested it on to a crawl. Topspeed can be removed if you know where to look for the uninstaller (It's buried.)

    As with another reviewer, this thing does make a mess. Failed installs are a pain in the butt to remove. (There's a reason i wrote an AOL removal tool to clean up all the various files/folders. There's also the countless reg entries left behind from DLL Registration...)

  21. 4 out of 5 stars
    TomA102210

    Reviewing 9.5 Refresh Beta 12 (0.4337.80.1) (Jul 24, 2009)

    Sven123456789 said:

    Reviewing 9.5 Refresh Beta 12 (0.4337.80.1) (Jul 23, 2009)

    AOL still exists?
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    Yes, and AOL will probably outlive you.

    This version is a nice imporvement from Beta 11 and has fixed a number of problems. Though not ready for prime time yet (it is after all a beta build) it is getting there.

  22. 1 out of 5 stars
    Sven123456789

    Reviewing 9.5 Refresh Beta 12 (0.4337.80.1) (Jul 23, 2009)

    AOL still exists?

  23. 1 out of 5 stars
    DoHickey

    Reviewing 9.5 Refresh Beta 11b (0.4337.74.1) (Jul 15, 2009)

    Oh good Lord,,,, here we go again.
    Why can't they fix this thing? It's too bloated with ads.
    All the 9.0 versions have a disgusting ad at the bottom of the read email window. The bad thing is, if you have been idle for a little while & try to read your email. The ads take a very long time to load & you can't read your email till the ad loads. Disgusting behavior.
    I am an AOL fan, I've used it many many years from the first AOL 3.0 but I'm getting tired of the huge memory and processor drain it causes.

    I'm using a fast cable connection & AOL drags along like as if I was using dial up. I can only imagine what it's like using it on dial up. Wow.

  24. 2 out of 5 stars
    DoHickey

    Reviewing 9.5 Refresh Beta 11 (0.4337.74.1) (Jul 10, 2009)

    Well what can I say about this beta?
    I had trouble installing it.
    The download was corrupt & I had to do all kinds of clean up.
    After a few more tries it finally installed..
    I'm having all kinds of little odd things going on.

    The big monkey on AOL's back is that freaking top speed.
    You can't uninstall or get rid of it.
    On a cable connection I don't really need top speed at all.
    We should have the option of un-installing this dinosaur.

    AOL closes with no warning from time to time & re-starts.
    After it restarts some of my options have to be configured again.
    Like showing tips at start up & fast start & so on.
    Fast start is another pain in the arse. Having AOL load at start up is fine if all you do is AOL. But it loads all kinds of crap in the memory & if you aren't using AOL at the time & doing other things, it's a memory hog.
    I just don't like the way the 9.5 is going. The 9.1 is fine and at least it works most of the time.

  25. 4 out of 5 stars
    TomA102210

    Reviewing 9.5 Refresh Beta 10 (0.4337.72.3) (Jul 2, 2009)

    tannman1 said:

    Reviewing 9.5 Refresh Beta 10 (0.4337.72.3) (Jul 2, 2009)

    "One would think that a company with a poor reputation and in danger of death would do their best to raise the the quality of their software. But as usual it is clunky, slow and real good at screwing up a users PC. If you need to use AOL then simply use IE or FF and save yourself a headache. AOL is a relic who may be on the out sooner then later."
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    "One" might want to consider that this particular version of AOL software is still in beta just as "one" might want also to consider that the "clunky, slow, and real good at screwing up..." might have something to do with "one(s)" computer as well. Did "One" think of those things? Probably not. This particular version of AOL 9.5 had a quicker download and install than previous versions. Though it still has some bugs in it, unllike "One", these bugs have been reported on. For me, the software is responsive, and yes, I would expect to find a problem or two here and there. I rate this version a 4 because of improvements. Perhaps "One" wants to promote IE or FF?

  26. 2 out of 5 stars
    tannman1

    Reviewing 9.5 Refresh Beta 10 (0.4337.72.3) (Jul 2, 2009)

    One would think that a company with a poor reputation and in danger of death would do their best to raise the the quality of their software. But as usual it is clunky, slow and real good at screwing up a users PC. If you need to use AOL then simply use IE or FF and save yourself a headache. AOL is a relic who may be on the out sooner then later.

  27. 5 out of 5 stars
    TomA102210

    Reviewing 9.5 Refresh Beta 9 (0.4337.68.1) (Jun 23, 2009)

    LakotaElf said:

    Reviewing 9.5 Refresh Beta 7 (0.4337.60.1) (May 27, 2009)

    "This software is frightening and when I put it in, I thought, what will it do to my computer as AOL is notorious for making not so good things with lots of adware to it. So I took it out, did not like it, did not trust it and put in Trillian Astra to take care of all my messenger needs. It is excellent and I have never had a problem with Trillian Astra..... You all should try it."
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    Though AOL 9.5 beta does have Instant Messaging, that is only one small part of what it has. What is so frightening about a program that you make vague comments that it is "nororious..."? I suspect you came here to promote Trillian rather than give AOL 9.5 a try. Try the Beta 9 now. OK?

  28. 1 out of 5 stars
    alohanela

    Reviewing 9.5 Refresh Beta 8 (0.4337.64.1) (Jun 12, 2009)

    "America Online (AOL) is a leading Internet Service Provider (ISP)"

    Really? Perhaps if we substitute "is" with "was".....

  29. 2 out of 5 stars
    LakotaElf

    Reviewing 9.5 Refresh Beta 7 (0.4337.60.1) (May 27, 2009)

    This software is frightening and when I put it in, I thought, what will it do to my computer as AOL is notorious for making not so good things with lots of adware to it. So I took it out, did not like it, did not trust it and put in Trillian Astra to take care of all my messenger needs. It is excellent and I have never had a problem with Trillian Astra..... You all should try it.

  30. 1 out of 5 stars
    cmanning

    Reviewing 9.5 Refresh Beta 5 (0.4337.43.1) (Apr 28, 2009)

    Slow as molasses. Does a great job locking up the computer.

  31. 3 out of 5 stars
    DoHickey

    Reviewing 9.5 Refresh Beta 3 (0.4337.36.1) (Apr 8, 2009)

    AOL 9.5 refresh Beta 4 is available on the AOL beta Central site. The issues I Had with the software have been corrected. It's working as it should now.
    If you use AOL on broadband, try the beta 4 & tell them what you think in AOL feedback on the AOL beta site. I rate the new beta 4 a full 5 stars. But this posting is still under the beta 3 section of Beta News, so my rating stands as a 3 for that beta.

  32. 2 out of 5 stars
    DoHickey

    Reviewing 9.5 Refresh Beta 2 (0.4337.35.3) (Mar 23, 2009)

    I've reported a problem I've been having with all builds of the AOL 9.5 without it being addressed by the beta team.
    I had entered PCH.com for contests to win big money. They send me emails with links to pages with information specific to my entries.
    These links will not open with any of the AOL 9.5 builds. I only get the AOL search page with unrelated information on it. I've also had problems even opening links from AOL greetings using the 9.5 builds.
    If AOL is serious about this version of the software, they should address the problems that users report to them. I try each build & if it's not fixed, I uninstall it and revert back to the 9.0VR or the 9.1 even if they are a little more memory hungry.

  33. 4 out of 5 stars
    TomA102210

    Reviewing 9.5 Refresh Beta 2 (0.4337.35.3) (Mar 23, 2009)

    DoHickey said:

    Reviewing 9.5 Refresh Beta 2 (0.4337.35.3) (Mar 23, 2009)

    "I've reported a problem I've been having with all builds of the AOL 9.5 without it being addressed by the beta team.
    I had entered PCH.com for contests to win big money. They send me emails with links to pages with information specific to my entries.
    These links will not open with any of the AOL 9.5 builds. I only get the AOL search page with unrelated information on it. I've also had problems even opening links from AOL greetings using the 9.5 builds.
    If AOL is serious about this version of the software, they should address the problems that users report to them. I try each build & if it's not fixed, I uninstall it and revert back to the 9.0VR or the 9.1 even if they are a little more memory hungry."
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    As a general rule, AOL does not respond to message board posts on their beta forum, nor do they, when a bug report is submitted, respond to those either. If enough individuals report a particular bug or problem, they will go to work on it. Perhaps you are only one individual or one of a very few and therefore AOL does not see the need to address the issue. So, did you submit a bug report on the problem?

  34. 2 out of 5 stars
    DoHickey

    Reviewing 9.5 (0.4337.24.1) (Feb 14, 2009)

    The only thing visibly different about this version and 9.1 is the tabbed browsing.
    The final release has bugs, Clicking on the settings icon on the toolbar brings up a welcome to AOL web page to sign in & it won't let you sign in. Videos from the AOL welcome screen won't always play anything but the advertisements. If you get links in emails, this version brings up the AOL search page when you click on the links. I used the AOL 9.1 with the same email and it worked perfectly.

    It's not like they haven't released a version of AOL before that wasn't bug free, but this is really flawed. Some of the beta testers say that you should do a fresh install & not upgrade from another version, and you won't have problems. Well folks I tried that & I still had the same problems. The final release posted on the AOL downloads web page is buggy and should be removed and fixed. Replace the 9.5 download on that page with the 9.1 that was removed.
    At least the 9.1 works better for now. Please fix this flawed program & re-release it.

    I know that some people wish AOL would go away & that's your opinion, not your problem. Some people out here in computer land still like AOL and find that it is easy to use. Plus not everyone has access to a DSL, Cable service or feel safe using Netzero, Juno and others. Give us an AOL that isn't full of bugs and we will use it.

  35. 5 out of 5 stars
    Soozy

    Reviewing 9.5 (0.4337.24.1) (Feb 13, 2009)

    The listed version # is incorrect.
    The actual version # is 4337.29 and this GMed yesterday.
    Great version of AOL with tabbed browsing.
    And I so wish that BetaNews would pull the bashing posts and actual stick to those that actual rate the software.

  36. 1 out of 5 stars
    Skyfrog

    Reviewing 9.5 (0.4337.24.1) (Feb 13, 2009)

    It's a little early for April Fool's isn't it, is this real? LMAO, I didn't know this still existed. The company yes but not their crappy internet service. Now where did I put the drivers for my 33.6 modem, and I better check for updates for my Windows 3.1 network stack. Then again maybe I'll just wait for a new version from Prodigy or Compuserve.

  37. 4 out of 5 stars
    DoHickey

    Reviewing 9.5 Beta 5 (0.4337.20.1) (Jan 30, 2009)

    When it isn't frozen up solid it's alright if you like and use AOL wait for it to finish beta.
    Because of what AOL is trying to improve on this version I gove it a 4

  38. 4 out of 5 stars
    DoHickey

    Reviewing 9.5 Beta 4 (4337.17) (Jan 25, 2009)

    RE: the mandatory upgrade notice box from 9.0 to 9.1
    I have found that if you upgrade from 9.0 to the 9.1 and use it for about 5 minutes. You can uninstall the 9.1 only and go back to your 9.0 version & you won't get the upgrade notification anymore.

    I've not used the McAfee again after I had to do a system recovery from the first time I used it.
    AOL 9.0 & 9.1 do just fine with Norton, AVG, Avast, But has a problem with Comodo.
    As far as those who hate AOL, well get over it & go on. Some people find it easy and they like it.
    Go toot your anti AOL horn someplace else. This isn't an opinion poll, it's for giving a review of software offered here.

    With that being said, This version is alright, It has some bugs, read the known issues on the AOL beta site before installing it. If you do that you won't be so surprised when you notice a bug. The AOL email in the 9.0 versions (not the 10.0) are still the best for weeding out spam & basic functionality.

  39. 3 out of 5 stars
    fatray

    Reviewing 9.5 Beta 4 (4337.17) (Jan 25, 2009)

    AOL is still in business because all new PC's have AOL installed on them. You can't go anywhere without seeing AOL's free disc's at a checkout counter.
    IMHO AOL has the best online chatting community period. I went to my mothers house and she was chatting with about 20 people all chatting about Quilting. It was the Quilting chat channel. My moms still doing the 56k thing too. I'm the only one in my large family not using AOL.
    I think I'm gonna try it out, it's free for a month or something isn't it?

  40. 1 out of 5 stars
    VictorAnderson

    Reviewing 9.5 Beta 4 (4337.17) (Jan 23, 2009)

    How are these bozo's still in business? Does anyone actually USE this crap anymore? OMG it works great for 56k dialups? hahahaha. Hey 1995 called and what's their internet service back.....damn!
    DIE AOL... DIE!

  41. 5 out of 5 stars
    craigun

    Reviewing 9.5 Beta 4 (4337.17) (Jan 23, 2009)

    Much better with tabbed browsing

  42. 1 out of 5 stars
    preymantid

    Reviewing 9.1 Beta 8 (Oct 13, 2008)

    AOL 9.1 is total CRAP! I have just uninstalled it due to all the same complaints everyone else is mentioning. How can they have such bad software? I just wish I could get my parents to get rid of it, but they will not change!

  43. 3 out of 5 stars
    Fallonjd

    Reviewing 9.1 Beta 8 (Mar 31, 2008)

    I have just uninstalled AOL 9.1 for the last time.
    It constantly crashes and you recieve a canned aol message that if you see this error message repeatedly restart your AOL software. Repeatedly to me was several times a night. Then Windows started recovering from serious errors. I tried installing 10.0 thinking perhaps that versions solved the problems of it's predecesor. Not so I ecperienced the same problems. AOL tech support is useless. The advised me to turn off my Mc Afee System Guard, which solved my inability to sign on to the software, but left my PC unprotected. I perforemd a clean uninstall of all AOL software and went back to 9.0 which never gave me a problem. Now I am getting notices that the upgrade to 9.1 is "Mandatory" I think it is time to find a new provider

  44. 3 out of 5 stars
    DoHickey

    Reviewing 9.1 Beta 8 (Nov 9, 2007)

    AOL 9.1 is now the available upgrade on the AOL server. I upgraded my AOL 9.0 security edition to the new 9.1 version & had some problems.
    But first I need to address the paying for AOL comment. If you have a broadband connection you do not have to pay AOL anything and you can use the software as long as you have an AOL screen name or AIM account.
    With that being said, here is my review of the AOL 9.1 software.

    The download took a while even on cable internet.
    AOL install went smooth & I did like the install options that let me do a custom install.
    Being able to surf without signing on the AOL service is a nice option, but on broadband it's not something I would really do.
    Opening the email window now shows all my email folders without using the manage email selection.
    Running AOL 9.1 after the install wasn't bad, it seemed to be rather quick to respond. Then I restarted my computer & signed back onto AOL & left it sitting while I had dinner.
    When I returned to the computer & brought it back from being idle, it was a different experience.
    My screen took a long time to recover from being idle. My hard drive kept acting like it was loading things. After my machine stopped doing all that stuff, it wasn't as quick as the first run of AOL 9.1 was.
    When I minimize this version to use my other browser or check mail in outlook express. I click to maximize AOL again and it isn't a pretty sight. Sometimes when maximizing, the AOL toolbar doesn't populate with all the text and icons & I have to restart the application.
    So, I returned to the AOL 9.0 security edition after a few hours of dealing with the upgrade.
    The uninstall went smooth without any trouble.
    I don't recommend upgrading to this version of AOL unless you have a dual core processor and 2 gig of ram or more.
    My machine has 1 gig ram and a 2.41 ghz processor.
    I rate AOL 9.1 with a 3 because of the options it gives on install, nothing more.

  45. 3 out of 5 stars
    Sven123456789

    Reviewing 9.1 Beta 8 (Oct 15, 2007)

    I didn't try this, so i can't bash the software itself, but we all know the deal with aol software. Like other users with a laugh- leading ISP? I can only judge by the 100 some odd people in my address book. And only 2 have a AOL.com address. So i guess you can call it a stretch to say they are still a leading provide. Did a google search to find more stats, but nothing came up. Funny the day they annouce a big layoff they still release a product. And it might be the lowest rated product i ever saw here at Betanews. 2.0, thats pretty bad.

  46. 1 out of 5 stars
    pctech5189

    Reviewing 9.1 Beta 8 (Oct 15, 2007)

    lol leading isp??? maybe 10 yrs ago lol i cant beleive people would waste there money on aol n its expensive too its not cheap. Ive seen wat aol does to computers its ruins it n puts ton of garbage in comps.

  47. 1 out of 5 stars
    smarterthanyou

    Reviewing 9.1 Beta 8 (Oct 15, 2007)

    This has to be the funniest description about AOL I've ever heard. A "leading" internet service provider? How many people still waste their time (and possibly money) with AOL?

  48. 1 out of 5 stars
    RastaWorld

    Reviewing 9.1 Beta 7 (Oct 11, 2007)

    Trash, plain and simple. I am an MCSE and have worked on MANY computers where AOL software caused nothing but OS and system issues.

    It is ashame when people that do not 'know' about other services fall victim to AOL and then must pay a Tech to basiclly tell them to get rid of AOL, and your system will be fine. 100% of my field test have proven correct when AOL was installed and used, that was always the case.

  49. 1 out of 5 stars
    kindbud1

    Reviewing 9.1 Beta 7 (Oct 11, 2007)

    garbage

  50. 1 out of 5 stars
    brusco

    Reviewing 9.1 Beta 7 (Oct 11, 2007)

    Absolute garbage. AOL used to be top dog for all things internet in the US now the word AOL is synonymous with rot and failure.

    Want another reason not to use this crap?
    check this out......
    youtube.com/watch?v=xmpDSBAh6RY

  51. 1 out of 5 stars
    Sven123456789

    Reviewing 9.1 Beta 7 (Oct 10, 2007)

    lol. People still use AOL? Funny.

  52. 1 out of 5 stars
    molumen

    Reviewing 9.1 Beta 7 (Oct 10, 2007)

    Ugly interface, bloated software...

  53. 1 out of 5 stars
    autumnsun

    Reviewing 9.1 Beta 7 (Oct 10, 2007)

    AOL is and has always been crapware! They constantly installed programs without the users knowledge or consent. Their own programs are big, bloated, and CPU/memory intensive.

    Avoid this program and any others like the plague!

  54. 4 out of 5 stars
    Nikkie

    Reviewing 9.1 Beta (Oct 4, 2007)

    O' cut the crap.Many programs install things without you knowing.

    Lets all just admit the reason it gets a low score is cause its called AMERICA ONLINE..now if it was anything else, we would all love it..and if it was opensource, it could suck all it wants :)

    as for a review, i dont use it anymore but i have family who does and i would go with version 8.

    p.s in response to the video below...this guy here has a point..

    ''Betascott (78 days ago)
    Beta would love to hear from others that can reproduce this bug. So far we can not reproduce this. Also we want to know of anyone that has other examples of Flash sites causing this kind of issue. http://beta.aol.com or email BetaScott''

  55. 1 out of 5 stars
    Reverb

    Reviewing 9.1 Beta (Jul 11, 2007)

    Straight garbage. Does not uninstall cleanly, leaves services that have to be manually disabled and DLL files that are part of this suite. There is nothing this browser has to offer over IE with GOOGLE and YAHOO toolbars installed. AOL has always been spam central is known for its deceptive business practices:

    http://www.betanews.com/...ing_Accounts/1184196626

    Garbage from a garbage company.

  56. 5 out of 5 stars
    yanike

    Reviewing 9.1 Beta (Jul 11, 2007)

    The AOL client excellent!

    Download the new beta and browse with it not signed in. It's fast and very stable.

    As far as it goes for the AOL Service when signed in is complete CRAP!!!!

    AOL Service screws this browser up.

    The reason I rated it all 5s is because the client is built correctly. It's the AOL Service when you sign in that screws it up.

    here's a video I made beta testing and sent in to AOL for fixing.

    In this video, you will see how great the browser works before signing into AOL. As soon as you sign in, is when the client goes to CRAP!

    http://uncutvideo.aol.co...3234d4b659264c9?index=0

    Video speaks for itself doesn't it.

  57. 5 out of 5 stars
    TomA102210

    Reviewing 9.1 Beta (Jul 11, 2007)

    "AOL you need to STOP sending your bush-monkey henchmen in here artificially bumping up these ratings with all 5's. That is utterly RIDICULOUS! All 5's??"
    --------------------------------------------------
    LOL, I give AOL 5's because I like it. I'm glad I don't have to worry about individuals like you who never state a valid reason for not liking a piece of software like AOL.

  58. 1 out of 5 stars
    VictorAnderson

    Reviewing 9.1 Beta (Jul 11, 2007)

    Another disaster from AOL.
    Wonder if they'll ever get a clue, or just continue to loose people until the company finally fades away into the darkness......

  59. 2 out of 5 stars
    ModderXManiac

    Reviewing 9.1 Beta (Jul 10, 2007)

    Eh, I have to agree with c4p0ne, AOL suite has always sucked horribly; the only product that I've found to actually be decent was the stand-alone explorer they made for awhile.

    Also, this whole net-install crap has to change.

  60. 1 out of 5 stars
    c4p0ne

    Reviewing 9.1 Beta (Jul 10, 2007)

    This is the sh*ttiest piece of sh*t ever created. From v1.0 all the way up to 9. Just a straight clear end-to-end line of bloated crap. AOL you need to STOP sending your bush-monkey henchmen in here artificially bumping up these ratings with all 5's. That is utterly RIDICULOUS! All 5's?? WTF is this the outer limits!? NOT EVEN eternally computer illiterate AOL users believe that!!

    This software ranks right up there (but not quite) with Symantec garbage. Every time I have to go to a client house or place of business and deal with this AOL garbage it just brings my day down. Then you go and take a RESPECTED name like Kaspersky and toss their superior product into your garbage! WTF are you trying to do AOL, destroy the Kaspersky name? Jeez.

  61. 5 out of 5 stars
    yanike

    Reviewing 9.0 VR (Vista Ready) Beta 5 Build (4327.55) (Nov 23, 2006)

    This browser ROCKS!!!

    Browser speed is phenomenal and everything works great :) Finally, the client is back in shape.

    Excellent Job, AOL!

    Also, it's best to only have one client on your PC. Multiple clients can cause problems with speed and web page loading. That's what happened to me. I erased all the AOL products and reinstalled AOL VR again and everything works perfectly.

    BetaNews needs to update the screen shot. That's a shot of 8.0 not 9.0.

  62. 5 out of 5 stars
    burles07

    Reviewing 9.0 VR (Vista Ready) Beta 5 Build (4327.55) (Oct 28, 2006)

    i am using aol 9.0 vr beta 6 and it works great. it is accually faster than the aol 9.0 se gm version in my opinion and there are less bugs. the only bug i have experienced is that the system information disappears after install. this should be fixed hopefully in a future beta. i recommend this to anyone who has an aol full client. it is the best version available =)

  63. 5 out of 5 stars
    TomA102210

    Reviewing Security Edition VC Beta 3 (4327.37) (Sep 15, 2006)

    Too many bugs? It's beta, ya know? As a beta tester you report the bugs, post messages on the boards and get feedback. Apparently you don't know what beta is. Heck, even GM software has bugs. Maybe not as many but you get my point, I'm sure.

  64. 5 out of 5 stars
    shadowdawgy

    Reviewing 9.0 Security Edition (Aug 2, 2005)

    The Best Online Service Ive Used.. Been Testing Since 6.0

  65. 5 out of 5 stars
    Mike162005

    Reviewing 9.0 Security Edition (Aug 2, 2005)

    AOL Security Edition is the best AOL client I've ran.

    And one of my first AOL Beta test. =)

  66. 4 out of 5 stars
    Nikkie

    Reviewing 8.0 (May 7, 2005)

    This is the only aol version worth using (aol 5 is ok too). The other versions are bloated and somehow 9 messed everything up on my windows installation ...it installed far too much crap and i dont like how many registries it installs .

    i had to clean 200 after i uninstalled it from the hardrive etc...

    btw , i agree with the user below . stop bashing aol cause its the ''kool'' thing to do . grow up already .

  67. 3 out of 5 stars
    Kylde

    Reviewing 8.0 (Oct 17, 2002)

    Why don't you AOL-knockers get your facts right before wasting everyone's bandwidth? A: it's not adware, it CARRIES ads, adware apps gain their revenue via the ads, AOL already has the revenue from it's fees. It's an I*S*P, not an I*A*P, the *S* part is the ads, chats etc. B: AdAware disagrees with you, not 1 adware or spyware component is installed by AOL 8. AOL knocking is so passe

  68. 4 out of 5 stars
    Tux_Racer

    Reviewing 7.0 (Oct 18, 2001)

    Nice work, I'm sad to see they are /still/ embeding Internet Explorer in the browser. Maybe on Mozilla's 1.0 release party they will do that.

  69. 1 out of 5 stars
    yourgod17

    Reviewing 7.0 (Oct 17, 2001)

    I have used AOL. I was an AOL customer for several months. I have used AOL 4, 5, and 6 and can say that the only difference between them was the amount of ads in them, and the amount of ads increased as the version number increased. I think it's safe to assume AOL 7 is AOL 6 with more ads and a different version number on it. So are opinions are useful to people considering using AOL

  70. 1 out of 5 stars
    mrbee

    Reviewing 7.0 (Oct 17, 2001)

    I love how some of the exciting new features include MORE ways to bombard users with "special offers", ie annoying advertising. AOL has so many damn ads they should (and probably could) start offering the service for free. People say the chat rooms are good - well, I guess if you are a horny 10 yr old boy with Attention deficit disorder, theres something to love. Really, AOL still hasn't managed to provide one feature that could possibly make it a hit with users who know what they're doing and can tell when they're being screwed: the ability to behave like a NORMAL internet service provider, sans advertising and their crappy, bloated software. Even MSN has the ability to avoid the horrible MSN Explorer software and dial up with DUN.

  71. 5 out of 5 stars
    djdanska

    Reviewing 7.0 (Oct 16, 2001)

    Ok, i know i should normally hate aol but you just cannot beat aol in terms of chat rooms. everybody i know uses it. Although i have a cable modem with xp, it is an improvement. the xp 6.0 aol just did not like to connect but the new version loads faster, and just responds better. Granted it is more of a cosmetic change but i still must say i still pay my $9.95 or whatever i pay for it. Just note i would Never pay $21.95 or anything close to it.

  72. 5 out of 5 stars
    lekim

    Reviewing 7.0 (Oct 16, 2001)

    i use it. only for the e-mail though. i get a lot of e-mail in aol's proprietory format with attachments which are not available if they are sent to outlook. i also route the less important e-mail to aol.

    anyways, i like how microsoft skipped version numbers for their msn explorer to catch up with aol and release it on the same day.

Discuss AOL for Windows

  1. Apr 1, 2009 - 12:30 AM
    methuselah

    Did they re-institute the 10 meg home pages again, or is the description incorrect? Last I heard they removed all member pages.