Windows Live Messenger on Windows XP x64

What can you do after a two-week vacation craze and a set of devastating fires? Chat. Chatchatchat.

Imagine how I felt then, when I couldn’t log in to Messenger… >.<

WindowsLiveMessengerLogoI lost about 2 hours trying to find a way to run the latest Messenger version on my Windows XP 64bit installation since the old version I had (8.5) stopped working for no apparent reason. It seems that Microsoft stopped its support of 8.5 clients (I was prompt to update and then couldn’t log in).

After searching on Google I managed to find an MSI with the latest Windows Live version and installed it but I still could not log in and got a weird error. After some more searching I found out that you also have to install another MSI provided by Microsoft called Contacts-ship-neutral. After installing that everything works as a charm!

To sum up, here is what you need in order to run Windows Messenger Live (14.0.80889.726) on Windows XP 64bit:

1. Download and install the latest Microsoft Windows Live Messenger version in MSI form (.msi)

2. Download and install from Microsoft

I hope I’ll save you some needless irritation.

(Just to save you some time, here is a link to download those files…)

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  1. LEO’s avatar

    Thank you buddy,

    in 2013, and still working like a charm on XP64.


  2. LEO’s avatar

    Thank you buddy,

    in 2013, and still working like a charm on XP64


  3. Arbab’s avatar

    thanks buddy!


  4. ostrov’s avatar

    Thank you,
    very interesting article


  5. Windows 7 Themes’s avatar

    Good to see this working, thanks for pointing out :)


  6. Gio’s avatar

    Thanks man, that really works!!!


  7. Yair’s avatar

    Thank you so much !!! all simple and in 1 place. swiftly installed the 2 msi’s and messenger is back !!!
    So many thanks !


  8. rodia’s avatar

    Alternatively you can use Google Talk and dispense with all that nonsense! ;D


  9. manemoi’s avatar

    …or maybe you can wait for a day to pass… After that, your messenger will no longer ask for update and will let you use your old(??) 8.5 version with no hassles…

    I guess someone in MS made a rollback! ;)



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