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How to run Windows Live Messenger on Windows XP x64 and Server 2003

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Sorry, Windows Live programs cannot be installed on Windows Server, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, or Windows operating systems earlier than Windows XP Service Pack 2.

Being a new user of Windows XP x64 that message puts me off quite a bit, apparently Microsoft wants you to install the old and ugly MSN Messenger instead of Live Messenger if you happen to run the state of the art version of Windows XP. However, as you will see, Windows Live Messenger can be used in full, but Microsoft in its infinite wisdom just made the installer incompatible!

Live Messenger 8.0 seems to be the latest version on the Microsoft Download Center where support for Windows XP x64 is specifically mentioned. In version 8.1 only Server 2003 is mentioned. If you download v8.5 you will receive the message above during installation… Notice also that the size of the file is reduced considerably because this is just an installer that then downloads the features you choose to install.

On the official download page for Windows Live Messenger you can read this under requirements:

Windows 2003 Server and Windows XP x64 are not supported.

What is so ironic is that Windows Live Messenger is fully compatible with XP x64, as a matter of fact I’m using it right now. So what you have to do is download the file I mentioned that the unsupported installer downloads. Take note though that you will not get any prompts during the install, it is silent, since you are supposed to make those choices in the unsupported installer… What this means is that you are saved the trouble of unticking the boxes about installing MS toolbars and changing your browsers home page to the dreaded MSN sites.

Also worth mentioning is that Windows XP x64 shares its codebase with Windows Server 2003 x64 and even uses the same service packs!) So this should apply to Server 2003 as well, just like drivers for either OS work fine with each other.

You can download the bare MSI file of Windows Live Messenger v8.5.1302.1018 here. While you are at it check out A-Patch that allows you to disable many annoying features of MSN like advertising – it’s beyond me why MS advertises in their own client. And when you have come to your senses you can may as well download a decent chatting client instead ;).

Oh, and here is the command to uninstall the Windows Messenger (not the same as MSN Messenger OR Live Messenger) that is bundled by default with the OS. Just copy and paste the following into Start > Run and Windows Messenger will be gone: RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove

Written by Per Hansson

February 4th, 2008 at 11:55 am

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  1. thank you so much for your help, i can finaly run msn live on my windows after tryin to download all sorts for weeks, your trouble is wel appreciate it….. :)


    16 Mar 08 at 12:14 pm

  2. Thanks a lot this has been very annoying to say the least that in order to use my 4gig of ram or more i need to stick with old ugly msn well no more! Thanks and also thanks for the how to remove the msn bundled with windows now it wont autostart any more!


    19 Mar 08 at 12:14 pm

  3. Wow Thank you very much for this, I was already trying to get 8.5 installed on Server 2008 but failed, The way you tell here worked without any problems.


    22 Mar 08 at 4:09 pm

  4. Tackar tusenfalt!!!


    31 Mar 08 at 8:10 am

  5. You are the man!
    Any chance you can do the same for Windows Live Gallery?
    :) :) :)


    31 Mar 08 at 10:27 am

  6. Well, looks like I figured out how to get Windows Live running on Server 2003/2008/XP64.
    1) Download your Windows Live software of choice onto a legal computer (XP, etc)
    2) Go into explorer and remove the option to hide protected operating system files
    3) browse to C:\Program Files\Common Files\WindowsLiveInstaller\MsiSources
    4) copy the MSI files to the 2003/2008/xp64 computer and run them.
    5) Presto!


    31 Mar 08 at 3:17 pm

  7. I unistalled the messenger that is preinstalled on xp 64 using the RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove command and installed 8.5 from the microsoft website site and it worked no probs thanks for the tip.why would microsoft say that it isnt compatible with xp64 when it plainly is ???


    3 Apr 08 at 6:15 am

  8. thanks soo much! kac sifir. :)


    10 Apr 08 at 4:10 pm

  9. Hi guys, i am using windows xp x64,

    i reformated hard drive today, now i try to reinstall windows live messenger with no luck at all. i have tried the method “Henda” mentioned and unfortunately did not work.

    to comment 6,
    “1) Download your Windows Live software of choice onto a legal computer (XP, etc)
    2) Go into explorer and remove the option to hide protected operating system files
    3) browse to C:\Program Files\Common Files\WindowsLiveInstaller\MsiSources
    4) copy the MSI files to the 2003/2008/xp64 computer and run them.
    5) Presto! ”
    when i download my desired messenger, it goes to this location C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files and to be honest i am not even sure what msi files are.
    if any1 has any ideas how i can reinstall windows live i would be eternally greatful =)


    16 Apr 08 at 1:44 pm

  10. Hey I’m also running windows xp 64-bit! The way I did it was found the 7.5 version. Installed that and then the first time you sign in it says UPDATE REQUIRED or something like that. You can’t sign in unless you update it. So you Click the button to download/install the updated version and BAM it works. 8.1 not compatible with xp 64-bit…riiiiiiight… that’s what I’m running right now.


    17 Apr 08 at 3:40 pm


    That’s the website from where you can download an installer for Windows Live Messenger that works with Windows XP.
    Hoped it helped.


    28 Apr 08 at 6:26 am

  12. Thanks a lot! It worked like a charm :)


    6 May 08 at 4:36 am

  13. Nothing worked for me except for number 11 (Anonymous) Thanks for that link.


    8 May 08 at 10:03 pm

  14. And here I thought I was the only one that had this problem! But anyways thanks for sharing! :D


    9 May 08 at 12:37 am

  15. Works on Windows 2008 Server as well. Cool

  16. Hey and thanks alot for writing this howto! Pretty stupid that the WLive installer wont allow it but the .msi will! So dumb! :)

    The Third

    19 May 08 at 10:15 am

  17. very definative solution works great for my XP x64 and Server 2003


    28 May 08 at 5:25 pm

  18. Noggerator

    31 May 08 at 5:03 pm

  19. Hey there

    I normall , well , never check for and download content I see as “Tips” online, but this one is a true ray of light. Why can’t microsoft not have such straightforward instructions and whalaa – it works AT LAST!!!!


    3 Jul 08 at 3:40 pm

  20. I did down load/install as the article suggested. but after reboot the windowXP, I can’t start the live-messenger program. There are two buttons, one is added to “start menu”, another is at “program” menu.
    I clicked 4 times, and the process of msnmsgr.exe starts 4 of them. but I can’t get livemessage window start.
    Then I start the IE to try, still when IE running, live message can’t initialized.
    realy waste of time.!!!!


    6 Jul 08 at 5:15 pm

  21. Great Noggerator! It works very well in W2008 Server


    6 Jul 08 at 5:26 pm

  22. Buy this man a beer.
    works perfect on XP 64 bit. many thanks


    12 Jul 08 at 12:14 pm

  23. Muchas gracias, por la explicacion yo ya estaba desesperado buscandoo la solucion a la “infinita sabiduria de microsoft”

    Thnx alot man, i was unpacient–>( I even know if this word really exist) looking for a fix for the “microsoft´s infinitive wisdom “


    12 Jul 08 at 11:37 pm

  24. Thanks man works like a charm!


    14 Jul 08 at 1:29 am

  25. How about something that works on server 2008 x64?


    15 Jul 08 at 5:36 pm

    i thought i was the onli one with thiss problem
    itt worked
    i wass worried i couldnt go back on my emaill
    im alwayss on msnn,
    thankk you:)


    20 Jul 08 at 10:13 am

  27. Thank you very much!


    23 Jul 08 at 12:34 pm

  28. Am i just being dumb? I have read through your article over and over but cannot find the name of the file you are refering to when you say “So what you have to do is download the file I mentioned that the unsupported installer downloads.” Which file did you mention?



    29 Jul 08 at 5:09 pm

  29. Works fine on Windows 2003 Server Enterprise Edition R2 – SP2
    But… i can´t connect to my inbox with Messenger Live, and i can´t show my picture, in mather fact i can´t see regular pictures that came with messenger, simply they are not there, also i´m not able to change the option “show picture”.
    Anyone with ideas or same problem?


    H(x)m3m do S@c0

    4 Aug 08 at 7:37 pm

  30. “So what you have to do is download the file I mentioned that the unsupported installer downloads.” Which file did you mention?


    10 Aug 08 at 3:14 am

  31. It Works !!!
    Thank you tons!


    10 Aug 08 at 3:30 am

  32. If you want WLM 9, you can find the installer here:
    it’s just the .msi file and works fine with x64


    11 Aug 08 at 3:18 pm

  33. Thanks a lot,works a treat no probs,used a patch as well and now it looks 10 times better without all the crap :)
    All my mates wanna know how my live looks so good now and how i am running live on xp64 lol

    Thanks again for you work and letting us all know how to do it :)


    14 Aug 08 at 1:08 am

  34. Hey # 33, thanx for taking the time to upload to the net that file, it was the only thing in all this advices that worked perfectly in my WinXp x64. Have a nice day!!!


    21 Aug 08 at 4:59 pm

  35. Thanks noggerator, great link.


    30 Aug 08 at 4:43 pm

  36. Thanks quasim, also a great link!


    30 Aug 08 at 4:47 pm

  37. Thank you very much, I really needed WLM on my x64 XP :D


    7 Sep 08 at 10:40 am

  38. thanks :)

    little timmy

    7 Sep 08 at 10:24 pm

  39. THANKS!!!
    This was a big help…. I was getting so frustrated with it.
    The command to uninstall windows messenger was an added bonus!!


    20 Sep 08 at 1:19 pm

  40. u can also install msn 9 beta on xp64bit i have it installed


    24 Sep 08 at 10:11 am

  41. I tried using this but got this error message below. Please help since it doesn’t go further with the installation…

    ..The ordinal 730 could not be located in the dynamic binary SHELL32.dll.

    Victor Legaye

    25 Sep 08 at 6:28 am

  42. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!

    Tamas Sari

    26 Sep 08 at 5:07 am

  43. Hi!

    I got around this microsoft-imposed annoyance somewhat other way. I’ve googeled a messenger 8.0, which is (miraculously) compatible with xp 64bit, then after trying to sign in, a messege pops up, that i need to update (without update it won’t let you sign in.) I’ve let update himself, and it runs smoothly. And screw Microsoft bec. they are not capable to run THEIR program on THEIR operating system.

    have a nice day :)


    2 Oct 08 at 9:43 am

  44. Thank you so much..I’ve been trying to figure out how to get Windows Live on my xp 64 for so dang long!


    9 Oct 08 at 9:18 pm

  45. You think the program would be free if they didnt advertise?


    11 Oct 08 at 12:41 am

  46. Thanks number 11, that link worked perfectly


    15 Oct 08 at 5:20 am

  47. Problem. But first thank you for the great tips.

    I got it installed in my win2003 enterprise server box but I ran into another problem. I couldnt log in. The MSN Messenger test showed a problem in the key ports. I turned off my firewall but it didnt solve the problem. Any ideas?? Thanks very much in advance. JL

    Jeffrey Law

    22 Oct 08 at 8:23 am

  48. Thanx man!

    Installation worked great!

    Something weird happens to me, though…(i´m a nOOb)

    Whenever I try to start Live Messenger, the INSTALLER starts up first, as if to install the program all over again… This also happens when I enable the “autostart at Windows login”-function. The installer, instead of Messenger itself, starts up as windows starts…

    Only after I manually cancel the installation does Live Messenger itself start up…

    What´s going on??? :O


    23 Oct 08 at 4:32 am

  49. Nothing worked for me except for number 11 (Anonymous) Thanks for that link. I love that anonymous guy !


    23 Oct 08 at 1:53 pm

  50. I followed your instructions to the letter and had complete success. It’s a pity Microsoft failed to mention that they were selling an operating system to people with no intention of giving it the same support as its 32bit brother. What they showed was nothing less than total and very public contempt towards their customer base. You have no idea how i feel having followed those steps, and that feeling doesn’t include being happy.


    27 Oct 08 at 4:00 pm

  51. muchisimas gracias amigo, he podido instalar el messenger en windows xp professional sin ningun inconveniente.


    29 Oct 08 at 12:20 am

  52. This is all great, but there is a new version Windows Live 2009 Beta, which was released ~month ago. This time both installers are disabled – the small one and the big one… Any ideas how to bypass this ?


    30 Oct 08 at 5:06 pm

  53. Here you are mate, glad to help another Microsoft victim!E3785B1281BBDA1!868.entry


    30 Oct 08 at 6:27 pm

  54. The link didn’t post too well so copy and paste it


    30 Oct 08 at 6:28 pm

  55. Thanks, I installed it, but there is another problem:
    “Signing into Windows Live Messenger Beta failed because the service is temporary unavailable. Please try again later.
    Error code: 8000ffff”

    I have network, it works, but I fail to sign in for some reason…


    31 Oct 08 at 6:48 am

  56. Thanks for this guide for both installing in on x64 and for this A-Patch tool.

    But – I have a minor problem with a-Patch.

    When I install Messenger and run A-Patch, I select not to see any advertisement. When I run Messenger, it runs without those tabs on the left side that lead to various sites (e.g. Safety and security tips, Nike Women, Wii etc.) When I restart Windows, I see all of them again, although rest of the A-Patch settings is applied. I can’t find a particular box which is associated with those tabs, but I’ve ticked all of those boxes related to advertisement.

    Any help, guys?


    4 Nov 08 at 11:28 am

  57. thanks a lot :)


    24 Nov 08 at 11:45 am

  58. How can I get rid of the annoying “Today” pop-up window? I am running v8.1.0178 (i think) on W2K3 x86.


    27 Nov 08 at 9:13 am

  59. Thanks alot! I had used live messenger before on win xp x64 when it was “supported” I suppose, I was like wtf when I tried this time, thanks again!


    16 Dec 08 at 2:44 pm

  60. Gracias!!!

    Casi tuve que volver a la version 32bits porque no podía encontrar nada de MSN

    Aaron Martinez

    26 Dec 08 at 11:51 pm

  61. Thanks man! im tryng it now!



    3 Jan 09 at 2:22 pm

  62. thank you :)


    4 Jan 09 at 10:57 am

  63. Thank you so very much for this!!! It was really useful!!


    13 Jan 09 at 7:14 pm

  64. The new messenger – Windows Live Messenger Beta 2 does not have any restrictions, I just installed it without any problems.


    13 Jan 09 at 7:31 pm

  65. WLM 9 RC BETA on Server 2003 and XP x64 now working!!

    Here is the torrent newly uploaded.

    All I done was download the offline installer on an XP x86 computer, and install then locate the msi files in the common files folder in program files.

    Then copied them over to my Server 2003 system and installed the MSI files separately…

    I now have a working version of WLM 9 on Server 2003, i suppose it will work on XP x64 also!! :-)

    Who says it wont work!! HAHA


    16 Jan 09 at 6:12 pm

  66. thank you so much, it works great,, ty ty ty



    21 Jan 09 at 12:37 pm

  67. I feel of unequal that Microsoft behave to customer who BUY and USING of Windows XP x64 Professional,
    if any one do sue to court about this thing it’s gona be great, because Microsoft avoid to operate this Messenger in other x64 version but not XP ones.


    30 Jan 09 at 10:12 am

  68. I would never pay for xp x64! I feel sorry for anyone who has paid for it and microsoft should refund every penny of the profits gained from that pathetic attempt at an operating system

    Opensource is the future…. screw large commercial corporations!


    30 Jan 09 at 11:40 am

  69. Dude Thanks! Great Blog too


    1 Feb 09 at 5:55 pm

  70. hey I upgraded my live messenger 3 days ago..and it isnt working! :'( I’m soo lost! I use XP and my messenger isnt working anymore however i tried..un-installed n re-installed like crazy..but no use…please help!


    6 Feb 09 at 8:05 am

  71. the zip file is corrupted.. any new links for this? Ave got XPx64 nd can’t get WLM to install..


    8 Feb 09 at 11:54 am

  72. Try downloading it again or use my torrent for the latest WLM


    9 Feb 09 at 4:54 am

  73. umm itried the petri download thingy but it didnt worked it says i’l have to install the latest version but when i try to install msn 9.0 it says cannot install it becuase of the operating system?? ?HELP please im sick of ebuddy and meebo


    9 Feb 09 at 7:30 pm

  74. Successfully installed (and running) 8.5 with A-patch on Windows Server 2003 x64. Thanks for the info!!


    10 Feb 09 at 11:37 am

  75. Thank you very much!!! This was really useful to me. Everything is going ok now!!

    Hate the old messenger!


    19 Feb 09 at 1:39 pm

  76. Thanks a lot!


    20 Feb 09 at 7:25 am

  77. Do you have something like this to install Windows Live Messenger 2009?


    20 Feb 09 at 7:28 am

  78. Hey, i have Win XP Pro x64 and i tried to install the 8.5 and all i get is “you allready have a newer version” and cant install.. mkay i tried installing the wlm 9 and the same error again. i checked trough the control panel add/remove program and theres no wlm there. neither in the program file’s folder… odd? :|


    1 Mar 09 at 5:56 pm

  79. Happends same thing to me, Pinkkide.
    I don’t know what to do…


    4 Mar 09 at 11:44 am

  80. I have Windows 2003 R2 and I installed Windows Live Msger 2009. When I run it, it says that I can’t log in, I installed the contacts.msi, but no results from it. Any help?


    4 Mar 09 at 12:14 pm

  81. Thanx a lot man! It is only with Live that the microsoft webcam works on an X64 xp OS.. Really dumb.. Took me 6 hrs to figure that out and you solved the problem of installing live onto my comp.. Thnx a ton…


    6 Mar 09 at 5:43 pm

  82. god i love you (no i’m not gay or stm)
    i have allready used that twice in 2009 and i really dunno what i should do without my windows live, but i guess i would kill myself. Which means you’re a lifesaver :D (thanks to google aswell)


    9 Mar 09 at 3:38 pm

  83. Thanks a lot dude!!!


    19 Mar 09 at 11:13 am

  84. Hi
    I want your help guys.
    I can’t find this file WindowsLiveInstaller\MsiSources in C:\Program Files\Common Files what did MR.Rezen say. I went into explorer and removed the option to hide protected operating system files to copy windows live messenger9.


    22 Mar 09 at 8:38 pm

  85. thanks

    I want the Arabic version of Windows Live Messenger on Windows XP x64 and Server 2003

    where can I find it?
    I had x32 version but impossible to install.

    please help me..


    ???? ???? 8.5 ?? ????????? ???? ??? ???? ????? 64 ??


    27 Mar 09 at 2:28 pm

  86. If anyone is having trouble trying to get Windows Live messenger to work with XP 64bit… then the soulution is simple…

    Download v8.1 from this link:


    29 Mar 09 at 6:32 am

  87. Hi
    I want your help guys.
    I can’t install windows live messenger 9 to windows XP x64 if anyone have instruction to install it give to me.


    29 Mar 09 at 5:46 pm

  88. Thanks a lot! I have 8.0 or 8.1 now, lol. I was wondering, will I be able to use a webcam now? I have XP x64 too and I’d very much like to chat with my girlfriend using a webcam.


    2 Apr 09 at 10:46 pm

  89. ruslan

    10 Apr 09 at 1:36 pm

  90. Hah! nice one.
    I was thinking “omfg why is this not working for my xp pro x64″.

    Then I saw the sentence “silent installer” , damnit! :p


    17 Apr 09 at 10:59 am

  91. My AVG says A-Patch 1.40 RC2 for Windows Live Messenger 8.5 is a virus hum!


    22 Apr 09 at 5:46 pm

  92. your avg is wrong… or you picked up a-patch from a dodgy source… is the place to get it

    its me

    23 Apr 09 at 11:25 am

  93. well downloaded it one more time from and still scans as virus


    23 Apr 09 at 8:38 pm

  94. I did what Mr.ruslan said.
    I downloaded and installed but still there is a code error: 80040154 when I try to sign in
    and I tried some solutions but no benefit, vary example: I wrote in commant prompt %windir%\system32\regsvr32 %windir%\system32\msxml3.dll
    and then I installed msxml3.msi.


    26 Apr 09 at 7:38 pm

  95. Guys, I downloaded and installed the msi via the link posted by ruslan. It install WLM9 but to my dismay did not want to sign in, and nor was there any trace of this in Add/Remove programs – so I couldnt remove. Just before I was going to do the dreaded flatten & rebuild I came across this site

    It appears that along with the WML installation MSI you also need the Contact.msi – without this WLM9 will not sign in. I installed this have confirmed all is working and I’m happy camper. Hope this helps.

    gerson2k - 64bit newbie

    26 Apr 09 at 8:41 pm

  96. @ Mustafa: try this!8B3F39C76A8B853F!13936.entry

    @ clay: its clean, dont worry. your avg will just be passing a false positive as the apatch program is a patcher/crack type program. this is to make people think that the av program is doing its job

    its me

    27 Apr 09 at 6:39 am

  97. For those of you that are a little confused about the WLM version included in this article.

    This concerns the downloadable file mentioned, and linked to, in this sentence;

    “You can download the bare MSI file of Windows Live Messenger v8.5.1302.1018 here.”

    This file is a .CAB file, and hence will not install on it’s own.

    To install, rename the downloadable file mentioned above from “WLMessenger85″ to this;
    “”….this allows you to use a archiver program to unpack/unzip the file.

    Use your favourite archiver program (WinRAR, IN MY CASE) and unpack the file to a temporary folder. You should see a single file named “Install_WLMessenger.msi” in the folder you have just unpacked to. Run this file to install Windows Live Messenger 8.5

    To summarize:
    1). Download the file from this link mentioned in the article (FIRST SECTION OF THIS PAGE/ARTICLE); “You can download the bare MSI file of Windows Live Messenger v8.5.1302.1018 here.”

    2). Rename the file, once it is downloaded, to this:

    3). Open the file “” with an archiver that can read CAB files, (I WOULD SUGGEST WinRAR.) and unpack it to a folder of your choice.(IN MY CASE, A FOLDER NAMED: “E:\XP64 Data Storage”).

    4). Change to the folder you have unpacked the CAB file to and run it (IN MY CASE: “E:\XP64 Data Storage”. THERE SHOULD BE A SINGLE FILE NAMED: “Install_WLMessenger.msi”). This file will set up the Window Live Messenger program.

    Be prepared to wait a little while because WLM checks for sharing folders and such on it’s first connection attempt.

    Don’t feel bad if you’ve tried this post/article before and didn’t get it. I’ve been involved with PC’s since 1987, and it took me a little while to work out what was going on.
    Hope it helps ya’s out. Cheers from Down Under


    2 May 09 at 1:21 am

  98. hi

    Thanks Ms.gerson2k
    know work very well with me.

    best regards.


    5 May 09 at 5:45 pm

  99. i just down loaded sp2 for windows xp pro 64 bit. and just installed it no problem didnt have to do anything woot!. wonder if i can install itunes


    14 May 09 at 6:09 am

  100. Guys thanx soooooooooo much d solutions d helped me so much


    22 May 09 at 3:09 am

  101. Thank you very much!!!


    25 May 09 at 10:49 pm

  102. Hi, I have managed to get the WLM 9 on my xp 64 but was wondering how to get the “Music Mix” option under activities as it doesn’t seem to be there. Any ideas?? I am in the UK and so should be accesible :(


    30 May 09 at 2:48 pm

  103. cheers for this buddy.

    Thoguh I find it amazing that microsoft do not support their own OS natively … tossers


    12 Jun 09 at 10:57 am

  104. I installed WLM 2009 build 14.0.8964.206 on WinXP x64. It loads up but I can’t connect and get the error message:

    “Signing into Windows Live Messenger failed because the service is temporarily unavilable. Please try again later”

    Also I’m unable to uninstall WLM. It doesn’t show up in Control Panel – Add or Remove Programs.

    However, I am able to sign in using Pidgin, which I installed after getting nowhere with WLM.


    12 Jun 09 at 3:55 pm

  105. @Nick,

    I’m surprised you didn’t see my thread dated 29th Apr 09.

    I had the exact same issue as you (and others) and resolved.

    gerson2k - 64bit newbie

    12 Jun 09 at 4:00 pm

  106. @gerson2k, you da man. Don’t know hoe I missed your post but thankas a lot buddy.


    12 Jun 09 at 4:21 pm

  107. Thank you a lot! Is it possible to make updates, for example to windows live messenger 9?
    And thank you for the handy tip of removing Windows Messenger, since the beginning of XP I always wanted to do that. Cheers.


    14 Jun 09 at 6:49 pm

  108. i have windows xp professional x64
    this didnt do any good for me. could you tell me how to download msn messenger 8.5 on windows xp professional x64. my email is
    if anyone else who reads my comment, could you tell me and send me the link or how to do it. the like is above. if i have to do something to my firewall or other system settings, my computer is in korean and i dont under stand how to get the that destination so plz give me step to step instructions
    thnk you


    21 Jun 09 at 8:13 pm

  109. It didn’t work for me, I get error code: 80040154

    My Self

    4 Jul 09 at 4:07 pm

  110. @ My Self

    What didn’t work? Which version did you try to install?
    Please read the whole thread – all ther answers are in there, particulary my reponses with regards to installing Windows Live Messenger 9.

    gerson2k - 64bit newbie

    4 Jul 09 at 4:11 pm

  111. Adam D.

    6 Jul 09 at 10:29 pm

  112. Thank you for your help. I greatly appreciate it. =)


    19 Jul 09 at 7:38 am

  113. You can always use this little installer, automatically downloads the latest cabs from Microsoft’s site, extracts and installs them on both Windows XP x64 and Windows Server 2003.

    Jayden Silmore

    6 Aug 09 at 3:42 pm

  114. Jayden Silmore

    6 Aug 09 at 3:43 pm

  115. has msn stop all older versions now signing in? i was using 8.1 tryed all the new ones i could find for xp x64 and every one says you muust update to sign in but no update for x64 wtf???


    25 Aug 09 at 7:03 pm

  116. For the latest version 2009 (14.0.8089) you can grab it from inside the file at:

    Just extract the file and install, works under windows xp x64

    Joshua Richardson

    25 Aug 09 at 9:00 pm

  117. What giles said seems to have started happening since yesterday. I was happily using 8.1(Never knew you could use 8.5), and upon logging in today, msn is trying to force me to download the new version to proceed. I agreed – but the new version wasn’t compatible. Ok, like I care, the newer versions are a lot worse than 8.5 anyway. However, the problem is that logging in will not function if you refuse to download the new version, and accepting leads to another failure and cancelation. How on earth are you supposed to work around this?


    25 Aug 09 at 9:28 pm

  118. Hi all!!! I’ve reached here like everybody. Trying to install MSN Messenger in XP 64 bits. As Giles said, now MS only accepts last version.

    But unfortunately I couldn’t do what Joshua said. (Thnx anyway). I downloaded the file. It runs (or apparently it does), but no message at all prompting anything. After the install screen goes, I tried to run MSN, but an error message it’s displayed: “This application has failed to start because the application configuration is incorrect. Reinstalling may fix this problem.”

    Thnx in advance for any help, link, file, or whatever.


    26 Aug 09 at 12:04 am

  119. Yeah also tryed what joshua said. No luck :(.


    26 Aug 09 at 12:14 am

  120. (This is for installing latest version, 14.0.8089.726 on windows 2003 server)
    I have been reading through replies on the web, and I am shocked how people threw themselves into binary editors, resource hackers etc.. No need to any of them. Go play “petals around the rose” first.
    1- Get the offline installer. I don’t care how you get it.
    2- Install 7-zip (I dunno if others work).
    3- Extract installer to somewhere in your computer.
    4- On the extracted folder, go to “.rsrc\PACKAGE\” folder. Select All, right click, select “Extract Here”. To be sure, install all msi packages, leaving “Messenger.msi” last.
    I didn’t install all of the packages there, since some of them aren’t needed for me.
    I don’t accept any responsibility if your computer blows up.

    Ünsal Ersöz

    26 Aug 09 at 1:14 am

  121. For some reason this blog refuse to post “backslash-zero”

    The folder I wanted to mention is .rsrc\ 0 \PACKAGE\.

    Ünsal Ersöz

    26 Aug 09 at 1:16 am

  122. RazoR

    26 Aug 09 at 3:11 am

  123. @ Ünsal

    It doesn’t seem to work. I downloaded the latest (version 14.0.8089.726) installer ‘wlsetup-all.exe’ (134 MB) from, but when I extract it using latest 7zip, all I get is a file called ‘authorization.xml’.


    26 Aug 09 at 3:20 am

  124. Andrea

    26 Aug 09 at 3:43 am

  125. I downloaded ” ”. The messenger just keeps on saying “server is down” or something along those lines. I have xp 64-bit. Anyone have any idea how to fix this?


    26 Aug 09 at 4:43 am

  126. I have tried to get the cab file to work, and it does install, but when I try to sign in it still doesnt let me, throwing up error 80040154 . I have tried the following on the ms help page:

    but this still doesnt appear to work. Anyone got any ideas?


    26 Aug 09 at 4:56 am

  127. I Tried DLing and Installing with

    And now i can’t uninstall it…. anybody any ideas?
    It doesnt show up add/remove programs.


    26 Aug 09 at 5:21 am

  128. Ok, just got the latest installed after a 0040154 error. It’s a little long but for anyone else with problems…

    1: Uninstall all WLM content. Use from!E3785B1281BBDA1!1118.entry
    Just unzip and run it and wait for the successful message.

    2: Grab a FULL WLM 2009 installer (wlsetup-all.exe). There’s one here: Although it’s out of date, but don’t worry about that if you can’t find a current one. Extract but don’t run.

    3: Patch this with Windows Live Setup patcher to install on X64:
    Run it, and choose the wlsetup-all.exe file extracted in step 2.

    4: Run wlsetup-all.exe, and install only Windows Live Messenger. If you found a current version, that should be that (ignore future steps). Otherwise, the one linked above will then prompt you to install a newer version. Hit yes, OK, allow it to download, it’ll say you can’t install, hit OK and exit messenger.

    5: If you need to upgrade, download a current Messenger.msi file, one’s linked above.
    Run it and let the Messenger.msi file extract, then run Messenger.msi. It’ll install over the old version, and prompt you to restart. Do so.

    After a couple hours I now have a working 2009 WLM, onyl issue is a black box in the taskbar when it launches. Why the hell MS can’t give a decent install I dunno…


    26 Aug 09 at 5:32 am

  129. OK, here is the complete, unexpurgated way to actually get WLM 9 working on Windows 2003 Server, as of 26 August 2009. My machine & OS is x64, but also verified for x86 (32-bit).

    For download links find your own. An extremely useful start is site It’ll show you the sort of error messages you’re getting, provide links for downloads, and also gives you the msiexec.exe command-lines to uninstall everything, since as everyone says the WLM is not in Add/Remove Programs.

    1. Install Messenger.msi. This is silent, but works. At the end of this you have a WLM, but, as others have noted, any attempt to login will give you an error 80040154.

    2. Install Contacts.msi. Silent too. Now you no longer get the error 80040154, and can sign in.

    3. Install wlc.msi. Silent. It’s to do with connecting WLM to a phone. I have no interest in that, I did this because one site said to do so. You may find this step unnecessary.

    4. Great, you can connect! Usual connection speed. However, for me, I then found that as soon as I clicked to send a message to any contact, WLM would “freeze” for 1 minute or so. If I was lucky it would eventually open the convo window, if I was unlucky it would gave signed me out(!). Once contact made to a given contact all was well, but this delay would happen every single time after I had logged out & logged back in. Unusable. Digging through WLM’s Tools|Options, I went to the “Sign In” page. There I found that “Show me all the other places I’m signed in at when I sign in” was checked by default. I’m not signed in anywhere else, and this claims to be at log on anyway. However, I found that I had to uncheck that and then all delays went away, so I’m guessing it was trying to do something with it when I tried to contact someone anyway. Go figure!


    26 Aug 09 at 5:40 am

  130. someone should remove this post because it does not work

    jonathan avildsen

    26 Aug 09 at 6:38 am

  131. Had the errors aswell, googled on the “new windows live x64″ and got right at this website :)

    Got it working now, thanks!

    Roy O.

    26 Aug 09 at 6:39 am

  132. I got Windows XP x64 and JB’s answer worked for me ;)

    Roy O.

    26 Aug 09 at 6:40 am

  133. Hey, guys !!! This post should be considered SACRED !!! It saved my lanhouse from a very, very bad day.

    Thanks for all of you. If you need me, here I am ;)

    Bye !!!


    26 Aug 09 at 7:07 am

  134. >>someone should remove this post because it does not work
    >> jonathan avildsen

    Dunno which post that referred to, but my post above does work, coz I did it!

    You can also try Christopher’s post above mine (we crossed), but for me I had tried the “Windows Live Setup patcher” and although it patched correctly and allowed installer to run, it then just hung when it was supposed to download the stuff from MS.

    The vital bit either way is that you need to install Contacts.msi as well as Messenger.msi, wherever you get them from.


    26 Aug 09 at 7:46 am

  135. i tried everything you guys wrote here but still my msn when i log in, he tries to do it for a while and then gets me back to login, when he doesn t give me an error, any ideas?


    26 Aug 09 at 8:39 am

  136. damn,JB’s answer worked for me too,tnx man

    Terry Alonso

    26 Aug 09 at 9:58 am

  137. #

    “For the latest version 2009 (14.0.8089) you can grab it from inside the file at:

    Just extract the file and install, works under windows xp x64″

    This one didn´t work with me. It says something that “network error occured while attempting to read from the file” HELP!


    26 Aug 09 at 10:11 am

  138. Windows Live Communications Platform has encountered a problem and needs to close.
    ok this what s happening now after i did everything again, ideas?


    26 Aug 09 at 10:25 am

  139. Solution 2, steps 1-5 here worked for me on WinXP 64-bit

    Nicholas Mahbouby

    26 Aug 09 at 10:32 am

  140. The ZIP file is corrupted or otherwise can’t open! I used winrar to open it and it contained 1 file only “WLMessenger8.5″! No extension! Unusable!


    26 Aug 09 at 11:24 am

  141. guys, I foind an EASIER way to download and sintall WLM.

    Fist step: Download any WLM installation, works even with the latest!

    Second step: download the patcher

    Once you have both, run the patcher, locate the isntallation file, and select it. it will automatically patch the isntallation so it bypasses check. Installing right now….


    26 Aug 09 at 12:07 pm

  142. I´ve been using this solutions suggested in this blog since 6 month ago but today I am having problems to login:
    “You cannot sign in to Windows Live Messenger because you are using an old version of Windows Live Messenger.”
    Do you know if Microsoft added more restrictions? Or is a temporal error?


    26 Aug 09 at 12:12 pm

  143. there was an update today I believe and it broke all MSN’s. need to update, follow my steps!


    26 Aug 09 at 12:27 pm

  144. To DamDSx: ¿What are your steps?


    26 Aug 09 at 12:31 pm

  145. Try this cracked one. After scanning and install i found nothing negative or missing.


    26 Aug 09 at 1:12 pm

  146. Sorry Paula. Message got sensored by the admin.

    SDownload the latest version of WLM, then get the windows live patcher, google it.



    26 Aug 09 at 1:48 pm

  147. Paula, the same occured to me today. My MSN started throwing the message “A newer version is available …” and I cant use it anymore. I have windows 2003 and have tried out many things, including what is in this site… if someone know how to solve please tell, thanks!


    26 Aug 09 at 1:53 pm

  148. Ignore the google it part. that is the link to the patch

    Download WLM isntaller, run patcher, locate the isntaller and click on open. it will aptch it and bypass OS check.

    Works like a charm

    http:// oss. netfarm. it/wlm .php


    26 Aug 09 at 1:56 pm

  149. I repeat:

    Downloadf WLM from windows.

    open patch, locate isntaller, patch it.

    Run installation, let it download. VOILA! MSN on XP64.


    26 Aug 09 at 1:58 pm

  150. Hi All,

    Please follow JB’s instructions (26 Aug 09 at 5:40 am
    ) for installation of WLM9.

    I’ve been using WLM9 since April on XP64 without any issue.

    gerson2k - 64bit newbie

    26 Aug 09 at 2:01 pm

  151. THANK.YOU. Like everyone else, I got the popup just this morning saying a newer version was available, but it wouldn’t install. I ran your patch and everything is working now!


    26 Aug 09 at 5:54 pm

  152. THANK YOU!!
    I can’t imagine my life without msn ;)
    I’m working on XP professionnal 64Bits for my 3D business and I used your advise. So thanks a lot, you saved my works!

    Thx again!


    26 Aug 09 at 7:38 pm

  153. It is quick and easy!

    1) Run the command line to uninstall MSN 4.7 in every Windows.

    RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove

    2) Restart will be ask

    3) Now install live Messenger !

    4) It work for me it will 4 you !


    26 Aug 09 at 8:44 pm

  154. Solution 2 worked!
    I am in!


    28 Aug 09 at 6:09 am

  155. I am running XP x64 edition, and version 8.1 used to ask me to update to a newer version, but today when I tried it, it didn’t ask me, and Messenger loaded just fine. Maybe MS realized that forcing users to upgrade to a version that doesn’t run on their system is a bad idea.

    Tony M

    31 Aug 09 at 11:07 am

  156. OMG!!! your a legend…I searched and searched and searched everywhere to download this and nothing worked…thank you so much for your help….


    2 Sep 09 at 9:22 am

  157. OH MY GOD
    ive read every single comment on this page and ive done every soloution on this page. ive downloaded everything.finally, i got it. what ozzrat said was right. download the link, download winrar, extract the file, extract the folder, then install the windows live messenger.
    wow. im finally on! didnt think id be possible


    25 Sep 09 at 5:49 pm

  158. how do I stop live messenger from coming up when I turn on my computer


    2 Oct 09 at 4:14 pm

  159. Ok, I think this helped me once before! I can’t remember how long ago, but it worked once, I got the messenger onto my Win2k3 machine. But it appears the MSI is not supported on windows 2003. Messege says requires new windows version.

    Need the .exe version. Can you suggest messenger’s with lower version that work for win2k3?

    9 Oct 09 at 8:55 am

  160. Who cares about msn messenger.
    Try Trillian Astra:

    It’s better than any Live Messenger…


    7 Nov 09 at 8:22 am

  161. Man ….this is awesome…. I had all kind of troubles logging in with the new WLM 9 for xp x86…all kind of errors, visited all kind of tech support forums and blogs…and nothing.
    Finally I uninstalled and erase (the register with ccleaner as well) every single trace of the “new” messenger and reinstalled that standalone. Works perfect

    Thank you very much


    10 Nov 09 at 2:39 pm

  162. es muy chevere la nueva version de windows live messeger puedo chater con mis amigos sin interversiones es muy divertido pruevenlo para q vean q no les mientoooooo….


    genesis karina

    13 Dec 09 at 11:28 am

  163. Hey, for some reason when I try to log in, it almost logs in, but then brings me back to the login screen. Help?


    5 Jan 10 at 12:24 pm

  164. I know this is old now and everyone in the their brother has a way to get WLM to work on
    server XX x64 or whatever. But what I’m trying to do has not worked at all. I’ve tried everything listed on here. I have a Windows 2008 x64 Server that is a Terminal Server hosting 40 users. I can install WLM and it launches fine on a few users, but the majority of them get a Windows Live Communications Platform has stopped working error. Has anyone been successful at installing WLM (any version) on a x64 Terminal Server? I had to switch to Trillian, and I like it, but the bosses do not like it.


    11 Jan 10 at 11:49 pm

  165. Uau!!

    Worked perfectly

    Thank you so much!!


    18 Jan 10 at 5:46 am

  166. DamDSx

    The best answer, simple and direct. THX a lot


    18 Feb 10 at 1:25 am

  167. Just installed WLM 2009 on my XP 64bit machine as per instructions outlined on this website & wish to say thanks to those who figured out how to do it.
    It works perfect as long as you follow instructions outlined here.


    20 Jun 10 at 9:30 pm

  168. awesome! thanks a million dude!!!


    14 Jul 10 at 9:39 pm

  169. i appreciate that ….helpful Article …….


    21 Sep 10 at 2:58 am

  170. Thanks! Based on these instructions I have just made xp x64 work with Windows Live Messenger 9.0.1407.1107.
    I downloaded the WLM 9 msi here:


    10 Oct 10 at 12:51 pm


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