How to Downgrade from New Windows Live Messenger to MSN?

Windows Live Messenger has come to its latest version which is the 2011 version. Of course, Microsoft is trying to offer new features with this latest version of Windows Live Messenger. An example of the new features that this latest messenger application can offer is the capability of appearing online to only certain people as desired by the user and appearing offline to the rest of the contacts. However, besides some of the new features that prove to be quite useful, there are also quite a few alterations in the application and some of these alterations may simply be inconvenient enough for some users. For example, there is no longer the option to show user’s webcam. It is replaced by a button to start a video call instead. With some features being less convenient, some users may want to revert their Windows Live Messenger 2011 to the older 2009 version.

Windows Live Messenger How to Downgrade from New Windows Live Messenger to MSN?

Fortunately, there are indeed things that users of this messenger application can do. Here is proper way how to downgrade from new Messenger to an older version. These things usually include uninstalling the messenger application — this can be done with the help of ZapMessenger, downloading and installing the MSN Messenger application. However, before users will finally be able to use an older version of Windows Messenger, they will have to alter the version number that the executable file comes with.

zip How to Downgrade from New Windows Live Messenger to MSN?  ZapMessenger (106.5 KiB, 848 downloads)

So, as mentioned earlier, users will have to remove their currently installed messenger application. This is the first step that needs to be accomplished in the process. To do this, users can access the Control Panel of their Windows operating system. Then, they can go to Programs and Features where they will see a list of programs that are currently installed on their system. All they need to do then is simply to select the messenger application and click the uninstall button.

At this stage, what will be necessary is to have the installer files for an older version of the Windows Messenger otherwise the users will have to use the latest 2011 version of the messenger again. This is because Microsoft only officially supports the latest version as of now. Fortunately, there are links to the older versions of the Windows Messenger application.

Here you can download (mirror 2) it . These are both standalone installer files and they are about 135 MB in size. With either of the installers, users will no longer have to find individual files such as the crt.msi, dw20shared.msi, SegoeFont.msi, Contacts.msi, wlc.msi and Messenger.msi. The first link given above is for Build 14.0.8089.726 and the other one is for Build 14.0.8117.416. The latest build of the two is the Build 14.0.8117.416 but, unlike the other build, it does not have the option to show user’s webcam.

Old MSN 2009 How to Downgrade from New Windows Live Messenger to MSN?

When users have finished installing the build of their choice, they will most likely run across an error asking them to update their messenger application version. If they choose to update, they will get the 2011 version again — which they do not want in this case — and if they refuse to update, they will be unable to sign into the application. Yet, thanks to a tool called “Messenger Link Reviver” by Jonathan Kay, users are able to go against the update that Microsoft seems to be forcing to its Messenger users. This tool enables users to sign in normally and use the 2009 version of Windows Messenger without problems.

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