Not a problem whenever you reply back to this message we can continue working on it.
This first thing I would suggest just to do a test and see if the firewall is in the way is to turn off the firewall
To Turn off the firewall in windows 7
Open Windows Firewall by clicking the Start button , and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type firewall, and then click Windows Firewall.
Click Turn Windows Firewall on or off. If you're prompted for an administrator password XXXXX confirmation, type the password XXXXX provide confirmation.
Click Turn off Windows Firewall (not recommended) under each network location that you want to stop trying to protect, and then click OK.
Once you have the firewall turned off try skype again and see if you are still having an issue with the port problem
One thing to try is also try a higher port on the off chance the port 1024 is being used by another one of your programs.
Let me know if turning off your firewall fixes the issue if it does we can turn it back on and make an exception in it for skype so it always lets skype calls through
On thing to do is In Skype under Tools > Options > Connections untick the option Use ports 80 and 443 for incoming connections.
that makes sure it defaults to use the port you typed in try that
Also unfortunately skype doesn't have a contact number but you can open a customer ticket with them
Go to the Skype Support website. There you can fill out a contact request form. Specify the general nature of the problem and the specific problem category from the drop down menu provided.
Ok If you have an anti virus software that blocks ports that would be one thing I would check
I would definitely try turning the firewall off just to check.
But if that didn't work I would use Revo Uninstaller Pro
Download and install this
Open the program you will see a list of all installed software
Right click on skype
It will go through 3 steps
1) Analyze and backup registry
2) remove skype
3) It will ask you to pick an option chose advance and then hit scan it will scan for all traces of skype
Once it finds all the traces select all and then delete all
Reboot your computer
Then download a fresh copy of skype and see if it works with the default settings.
Also one thing is to make sure the account you are using with skype is an administrative account just to make sure you have full rights.
If it still doesn't work after that I will opt out and allow another expert to chime in if you like
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Sorry, I've been working all evening. The original problem is that I installed skype on my new computer in August (HP All in one TouchSmart). It worked fine until two weeks ago. Then it stopped working. I knew there had been an automatic update to version 5 and thought something might have happened with that. I uninstalled it and reinstalled it and nothing worked. I checked the connection situation and it said that I had an invalid port. I tried to figure out what to do with it from their online help which was ponderous and not helpful so I contacted you. I have tried every solution that you and others have sent me and nothing works. I've pulled up skype on a laptop and used my husband's skype address to do the checking. After each fix you suggest, we call my skype address and we are told that there was no answer. It does not ring on my end. When I hit call on my skype, nothing happens. That's it.