Use Messenger Reviver 2 to bring back Messenger and beat Skype
Attention all Windows 8.1 users
Windows 8.1 breaks both Windows Live Messenger 2011 and 2012 by modifying how a part of Windows works. If you see this problem, you will receive a 80090004 error when you sign in. However, Windows Live Messenger 2009 still works, so please use that instead. If you have 2011 or 2012 installed already, you will need to uninstall Windows Essentials from Programs and Features and then install Live Messenger 2009 from Reviver.
Attempts to correct the error has so far failed. But please note that this error is a problem with Messenger and Windows 8.1 due to Microsoft changes, not Reviver.
Messenger Reviver 2 automatically installs, repairs and/or modifies Windows Live Messenger 2012, 2011, 2009, and 2008 as well as Windows Messenger to continue signing in despite being blocked by Microsoft.
Reviver 2 supports modifying all language versions and can automatically install either 2009 or 2011/2012 versions in 47 different languages.
You will receive one of the following messages if you’re being forced to upgrade to Skype:
A newer version is available. You must install the newer version in order to continue. Would you like to do this now?
A newer version has been downloaded and is available. You must install this newer version in order to continue. Would you like to do this now?
To bypass the forced upgrade, download my Messenger Reviver 2 utility and run the application. As this requires changes to Messenger you may receive a message asking you to allow Reviver to make changes to your computer.
Reviver will automatically attempt to detect if Messenger is still installed, which versions are eligible for modification and if you need to run a repair or new installation to bring Messenger back (if Skype has removed it).
Also available: zipped version if you’re being blocked by security software
Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 (at present Windows 8.1 works on Windows Live Messenger 2009 only)
.NET Framework 2.0 or higher (included with Windows Vista or newer), .NET 3.5 or 4.0 recommended
To revive Messenger, click Start and the process will automatically modify Messenger and restart it.
If Windows Live Essentials is not installed, you will presented with options to either install Messenger 2009 or 2012 in the language of your choosing. Reviver will attempt to guess which language you prefer based on your prior Windows and Essentials language settings.
Additionally if Essentials is still installed, but Skype has removed it, you will be offered to just repair your Essentials install.
As Messenger Reviver 2 will probably be my last exclusive Messenger project, I have added a few small Easter eggs into the application for fun.
Animated MSN butterfly
When you open Reviver, you’ll find an animated MSN butterfly in the main window. This is the original butterfly that flew around from MSN Messenger 5.0. Based on highly advanced software engineering, the butterfly will fly around, flaps its wings or just sit quietly. If you click the butterfly when it’s not busy, it will react accordingly.
If you click the About button, you’ll find the original Messenger signing in spinning animation in the top-left hand corner.
The MSN sound
Back in 1996, MSN had a sound they used for their advertising which accompanied the various letters of M-S-N. I was fairly fond of it, and I’ve included it in Reviver. Single-click the above mentioned spinner to initiate the sound and watch the letters light up.
There’s one more small addition, but I’ll let you find that one yourself
If you need help…
Please leave a comment here, visit the live chat, or contact me directly.
Using Windows 8.1? You need to use Messenger 2009. See the top notice.
Messenger server problems
Occasionally the Messenger servers have been experiencing problems signing in. You may need to sign in at www.outlook.com and then try again. It may also take multiple tries to sign in. (This also affects you if you’re using Skype.) This should be resolved now as the issue hasn’t been seen recently.
|Sept 09 2013||18.104.22.168||
|May 13 2013||22.214.171.124||
|May 07 2013||126.96.36.199||
|May 04 2013||188.8.131.52||
|Apr 25 2013||184.108.40.206||
|Apr 25 2013||220.127.116.11||
|Apr 24 2013||18.104.22.168||
|Apr 23 2013||22.214.171.124||