6/23 Trying to authorize with Windows firewalls down completely (adding exception did not work) allows ADE to finally stop showing the error connection message and takes it to the authorizing mode with the bar flashing green. Unfortunately, with 4.0, I waited an hour and the authorization still didn't go through. Uninstalled, restarted, installed 2.0 and right now, half an hour later, it is still "authorizing." Will try 3.0 later. Also, I have done everything in admin mode.
Is the problem with the recent Windows security updates? With the ADE server? While authorized, I kept getting the ADE could not connect to the fulfillment server and now I can't authorize.
So I have tried installing ADE 4.03 on the same wireless home internet connection on a different laptop, Windows 8, and it successfully authorized. No fiddling with firewalls or anything. This rules out this being an ADE overall server issue or a home internet issue. That is not my computer though, so I'd really like help in figuring out how to make ADE work on this Windows 7 one.
Recap: ADE keeps giving the Connection Error message UNLESS it is being authorized with all firewalls down (firewall exception does not work) in which case, it never goes past the authorizing screen with the flashing green bar. Have tried in admin mode 2.0, 4.02, and 4.03. Was previously using 2.0.
More recap: Recently only installed the Windows updates released this month; could try uninstalling them to see if that would help, but I'd like to figure out how to make ADE run without having to do without important Windows updates and potentially leaving the computer with other issues