Want to bring back Windows Live Messenger? Here's how

Microsoft recently killed off Windows Live Messenger in favor of Skype, leaving many of us without years' worth of chat logs or the familiarity that MSN brings. Skype, while good, doesn't have the same stability as MSN and adds a lot of unwanted clutter. Microsoft have blocked MSN from working for many users, but some new software from a Microsoft MVP allows you to bring back Messenger in a few simple steps. 

Messenger Reviver 2 is a free piece of software that installs, repairs and modifies Windows Live Messenger '08, '09, '11 and '12 to allow them to sign in, despite Microsoft's block. Currently, when you access Messenger you're prompted to "install the newer version in order to continue," but Reviver installs a patch that allows WLM to continue to be used.  

To bypass this message, download Messenger Reviver 2. The programme makes changes to your computer, so grant it the relevant levels of access. (A zipped version of the programme is also available to bypass security software blocking). The software runs on Windows XP through to Windows 8 and .NET framework version 2.0 or higher, though .NET 3.5 or 4 is recommended. 

Once downloaded, a window will pop-up that looks like this: 

Click "Start" and the programme will automatically modify Messenger and restart it. If Windows Live Essentials is not installed, Reviver will offer the option to install the software. If Essentials is installed, but Skype has removed it, Reviver offers the ability to reinstall it: 

If you no longer have Windows Live Messenger on your system don't worry, we've got you covered.

Download: Windows Live Messenger 2012 (offline installer)
View: More information can be found here | Images: MessengerGeek

Thanks to user Aokromes for the tip! 

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Sometimes I wondering who is behind this crazy logic that change what is work perfectly in MS products, just to create a new way to complicate. They have to have their reason, just escaping my comprehension.
Sorry about my english

Why Skype is worse then MSN?
1) It did not merge all the groups or lists.
I had 10 diferent lists, from VIP, to friends, to *******s, to clients, to family, to urgent, to cities etc. Now, I do not know who is who. Plus, one contact could be simultaneously bith in favorites and on a group. One could have a contact in Favorites, Brazil, Photographers. No, its only one. What a downgrade... are people stupid in skype and MS?

2) It did not merge the nickname on the contacts
I had it all covered... changed the contact name and had their real name or even a phone nr there for a quick contact. Gone.

3) Logs.
I have been using MSN for almost a decade. I have found friends, girlfriends, hell, some one night stands... and I could always remember where we stand, years after a conversation. All gone. I have trusted MSN logs a lot, instead of taking notes for phone numbers and emails etc, I just scrolled or searched withing the logs. Its great. That is why some other professionals used MSN in business, as an internal communication system. yep, gone...

Wonder why did MS bother to develop so many features, to just let it all collapse. Its free, so you have to take it... bah. Nothing is for free, they made a lot of money in those damned advertisings.

Now, I just want to install it, so I can sweep my logs and save some contacts. Its really bad to tell someone you chat for years. "sorry, who are you?"

Edited by MasterClasses, May 3 2013, 5:51pm :

After installing Reviver a popup warns: "you are now signed in to 2 places" - I'm not.
The next day the popup warned me that I was now signed in to 3 places -- I wasn't. Has anyone else experienced this?

I do not trust this behavior and decided to uninstall Reviver, but there is no uninstaller and it does not appear in Add/Remove Programs. The only recourse is to perform a System Restore to a date before Reviver was installed. Doing this returns WLM to its broken state.

Also, when I downloaded Messenger Reviver to test it, I found the downloader to be about as annoying as the crapware c|net foisted on us. The install process tries to sneak in multiple turdbars, along with Bing as your default search. I almost quit at that point, but pressed on anyway...

Forget Reviver. Install Pidgin.

Edited by BuddyLama, May 2 2013, 1:46pm :

The patch doesnt work , I get a code #80040154 that the service is down as of April 2013 and it has gone over to Skype.. Can you please tell me if there is an other way?

The sending of the files is peer to peer isn't it? So I presume it's to do with either the persons internet connection dropping, or yours...not the fault of skype. WLM was horrific for sending files, Skype deals with it much better.

I don't get how people can moan about getting such a good product for free.

Hallelujah. After three months on Skype it's just pushed me over the edge a few mins ago when I tried to send an image and the progress bar just kept animating for several minutes... for a 1.4MB file.

It's good to be back. I'll maybe try Skype again when they do a major release... v7 with a Metro interface perhaps.

I was a big fan of MSN, however I recently switched to Skype, I use it all day for business and it's far superior for conference calls, the text chat is great I have no issues with the change; I was a bit annoyed at first but that's 11 years of a MSN habit to kick, once I got over that it's actually been pretty good to change.

No it is not, but i respect your opinion, i just not agree. I have 18 years of IT, and try all IM software, to my purpose, messenger is the best.

I live in Brazil and my messenger-2009 still working, MS asking me to switch to Skype every time i log in and I just keeping saying NO. But soon i will be alone in there. LOL

I much prefer Windows live messenger to Skype, I think they should kill the Skype name off and port the good parts over to WLM and that way they please everyone ,It would be an awsome program then. They could do it the other way round instead if they wanted port the features of WLM to Skype If they don't one or the other they are making a mistake just like the start thing windows 8 (yes I know its been done to death)

Perhaps what would have been sensible when they bought Skype, would have been to take the Skype brand but then use the Windows Live Messenger platform.

Essentially to rebrand Live Messenger as the new Skype and take advantage of the market and mind share whilst using the superior technology.

Used this, works perfectly. WLM has far more IM functions than Skype does, untill such time as Skype can do full file transfer, via IM I won't be using it as a WLM replacement.

Please add support for this version Windows Live Messenger 2009 14.0.8089.726. I can get it to work using compatibility mode as 2k but I get a windows installer window error everytime I start it, which it's very annoying, but still works anyways.

DKAngel said,
damn and i thought andrea borman had written this OMG bring back windows 95 while we are at it too !

shhh .. you'll mustn't wake the troll

Thank goodness... Skype breaks all of Microsoft. Messaging on WP doesn't allow you to send attachments, Skype has no photosharing, free sms, etc either. Just too many UI problems too (why does it always have to focus on someone logging in and off if I have multiple chats open...).

scaramonga said,
why would anyone want to?

for 1 ; the instant email notification
its better for chatting,
I never use video calls, I rather be doing work on the comp and typing to a person when it suits me
I like having multiple people in 1 chat window

Skype has them too, but not custom ones. Which can be a good or bad thing, depending which side of the screen you sit!

I remember back when I used WLM, and everyone is like... you gotta try Skype man, it's the coolest.
But I stuck with WLM, with around 100 contacts, and 1 by 1 they all left. Not to Skype though, to Facebook of course. I ended up just not using WLM anymore since I jhd no one on it, been about 2 years now. But started using Skype just over half a year ago, just to have Facebook contacts on it, even though I did try WLM first, but after going so long without it, I no longer liked it, but I really like Skype. Much better than WLM.

Personally, I think the best messenger was ICQ, back befor AOL bought it. Back then, what, almost 20 years ago, it was more advanced than anything is today. Too bad AOL f'd it up like everything else they touch. Like Netscape, best browser by a very long shot. Wouldn't even be an internet like it is today if it weren't for Netscape and Marc Andreesen.

Edited by LUTZIFER, Apr 28 2013, 12:09am :

WLM best feature was hitting "prt scr" and pasting it in the chat. Very very useful for me and my clients, family and lovers.

Izlude said,
WLM best feature was hitting "prt scr" and pasting it in the chat. Very very useful for me and my clients, family and lovers.

You can do that with Skype too. I do it all the time.

I currently switched to Trillian. I still use WLM, but I found Trillian to be working nicely as a substitute for Skype, ICQ, Google Talk and IRC too

Cøi said,
I currently switched to Trillian. I still use WLM, but I found Trillian to be working nicely as a substitute for Skype, ICQ, Google Talk and IRC too

Trillian is king. I've been using it for over 10 years. I do wish they made a Modern app though...

ICQ its still working, not as full featured like 2003b days since lite began to be predominant but now it have good features integration for mobile, gtalk and facebook.

I just wish Skype would adopt some of the WLM functionality, mainly the better organised contacts... who does Microsoft think they are by leaving the white-space in, Google?

You're looking at it the from the wrong perspective, remember the facebook mentality 'if you aren`t paying for a product you are the product', etc. Skype is decentralised, saves MS a LOT of money by having far less servers and is much more profitable than WLM, that's all they care about.

I just meant the functionality applied to Skype . What's the point in having all the contacts in one scroll-able column, when there's plenty of room for several rows .

n_K said,
You're looking at it the from the wrong perspective, remember the facebook mentality 'if you aren`t paying for a product you are the product', etc. Skype is decentralised, saves MS a LOT of money by having far less servers and is much more profitable than WLM, that's all they care about.

Skype WAS decentralized but they centralized it citing security concerns but I think it's probably also so that they can wiretap it.

mrp04 said,

Skype WAS decentralized but they centralized it citing security concerns but I think it's probably also so that they can wiretap it.

I've heard people say this but I don't believe it because the classic IP finding hack still works flawlessly, which wouldn't work if it was centralised, nor would the out-of-sync messages.

The supernodes were centralized, calls are still P2P. People need to stop assuming they know what they're talking about when they spread disinformation like this.