I have just re-installed Windows 7, 2 days ago. And so of course I had to re-install all of my software and Windows Live Essentials 2009. After you install WL Messenger 2009 for the first time it opens up right away after the install finishes. And so the first thing I do is un-tick that box that says start Messenger when Windows starts in the settings.
And all of a sudden I got a notice telling me a new version of Windows Live Messenger is available and that I would have to upgrade to the latest version. Which is Windows Live Essentials 2011,which I hate.
I have never had this before and when I looked on the web,it said that Microsoft are pushing the mandatory update to WLE 2011 version for all Windows Vista,Windows 7 and Windows 8 users.
But WLE 2011 is not for everyone and I myself do not like WLE 2011 at all. There are many reasons why I don't like WLE 2011 but the main ones are- I hate the Ribbon in WL Mail 2011 and WL Photo Gallery 2011. And WL Messenger 2011 is slow and crashes a lot,is not very user friendly and the webcam feature often does not work.
All of these reasons and more to many to mention is why I stay with WLE 2009 version,the same version for Windows XP. That also works on Windows Vista,windows 7 and Windows 8. Also Windows Live Mail and Photo Gallery 2009 does not have the Ribbon and the Messenger 2009 works fine on my netbooks.
And I use WLE 2009 on my Windows XP and it also works fine on my Windows Vista,windows 7 and Windows 8. So I don't see why I should have to upgrade to WLE 2011,which is so different from the other versions.
And it seems that I am not the only one who is unhappy with WLE 2011. See here at Microsoft Answers forums here-http://answers.micro...74-52505bbbf290
But now it seems that Microsoft are trying to push Windows Vista,Windows 7 and Windows 8 users to upgrade to WLE 2011 version. But here is a simple way to avoid the upgrade to WLE 2011 version and carry on using WLE 2009 version.
First if you have WLE 2011 you must uninstall it and all of the other WLE 2011 first. Because Windows will not let you install WLE 2009 if there is a newer version of WLE on your computer.It also helps to use CCleaner to get rid of the old registry entries. And if there is still a Windows Live file in your Programs folder on C/Drive delete it.
Now download Windows Live Essentials 2009,the latest version is Build 14.0.8117.416,that is on Windows XP.
Install WLE 2009 and then after the installation,Messenger will open right away.
Now you need to change the setting in option to set Messenger not to run on Windows start up.
So you need to un-tick run Messenger on Windows start up. Then log out of Windows,then log back in again.
Now you need to change the compatibility settings on WLM 2009, and set it to run in compatibility mode for Windows XP service Pack 3 or Windows XP Service Pack 2.
To do this,go to Programs folder on C/Drive and open your Windows Live program folder.Look for the Messenger exe file. Or you can also find it in your start menu.
Now right click with your mouse and select properties. Now where it says compatibility select change settings for all uses. Then select"run in compatibility mode for Windows XP Service Pack 3 or Windows XP service Pack 2."
Save settings then exit.
Now when you start WL Messenger 2009 again you will now be able to log in and use WLM 2009 as you have done before on Windows 7,as well as on Windows Vista and Windows 8. And you will no longer get any annoying reminders to upgrade.
Note-if you have WLM 2009 installed along with WLE 2009,you will get the notice to upgrade to 2011. And you will not be able to log in until you change the program compatibility settings.
However,if you do not have WL Messenger 2009 installed and you just have the other WLE 2009 installed,such as,WL Mail 2009,WL Photo Gallery 2009,WL Writer 2009 or other WLE 2009. But not Messenger 2009,then you will not get the reminder to upgrade to 2011 version.
The mandatory update or notice to upgrade is only on WL Messenger 2009,not the other WLE 2009.
But if you change the program compatibility settings on WLM 2009, to run in compatibility mode for Windows XP.Then you will have no problems running and will be able to carry on using WLM 2009 and the other WLE 2009. And will avoid the horrible WLE 2011.
If you are running Windows XP,Windows Vista without any service packs or Windows Vista with Service Pack 1,you will not be given the update notice. But if you have Windows Vista Service Pack 2,Windows 7 or Windows 8,you will be given the reminder to upgrade. UNLESS you set WLM 2009 to run in Windows XP compatibility mode.
It is always better to set programs made for Windows XP and older versions of Windows to run in compatibility mode for that version of Windows. as you will get better results. And you will also now have the WL Messenger icon in the taskbar notification area. Unlike before when it was in the middle of the taskbar.
And as I always set Messenger 2009 to run in Windows XP compatibility mode,I did not get the update reminder on my other laptops. Only on the netbook where i had just re-installed Windows 7. But now the problem is resolved and I now have WLE 2009 and WL Mesenger 2009 back on that netbok again. And working. Andrea Borman.