As I have said before in other posts pertaining to the AOL 9.7 update...Sometimes it takes a few days for all the options and features of AOL to update and load. You should be able to pull up your buddy list until that time...by clicking on COMMUNITY...at the very top of your AOL taskbar and click on AIM...that should do it. If it doesn't...wait a few days for all the features to finish loading...and if it's not there...then I would go to Windows...Start...Settings...Control Panel...Add and Remove Programs...take out the AOL 9.7...and either reload it or load the AOL 9.6. I don't have any issues with my AOL 9.6...and I NEVER update to the latest version until months after it's been released. (Usually all the bugs are worked out by that time.)
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