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Unable to load workflow actions from the server - problem!

Posted By:      Posted Date: August 31, 2010    Points: 0   Category :SharePoint
Hi, I have problem on Sharepoint 2010 RTM (new installation). I use workflows from the begining and I had no problem since yesterday. I tried to make custom workflow and the SP designer has frozen when saving it. Since than I get message "unable to load workflow actions from server. Please contact your server administrator." every time I want to customize or make new workflow. Need fast solution, Please help. Regards, Luka

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