Use Messenger Reviver 2 to bring back Messenger and beat Skype

Messenger Reviver 2

Download Messenger Reviver 2

Nov 13, 2014 – Windows Live Messenger 2009 users
If you have previously revived Windows Live Messenger 2009, you will receive error code 85ae0010 when you next sign in.  To fix the problem, download and use the latest version of Messenger Reviver 2.

E-mail message count and notifications broken
As of April 15, 2014, it seems the e-mail message count and mail notifications have been broken globally.  This is a server problem and cannot be fixed by Reviver.  It is unknown at this time if the problem will be fixed.  For more information, see the E-mail message count and notifications broken post.

How to use Messenger on Windows 8.1
The out-of-box installation of Windows 8.1 breaks both Windows Live Messenger 2011 and 2012 by modifying how the encryption component of Windows works.  If you see this problem, you will receive a 80090004 error when you sign in.  This issue was fixed in Windows Update KB2903939, which will need to be installed to use Messenger 2011/2012 on Windows 8.1.

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?

Update Forced

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).

Download Messenger Reviver 2

Also available: zipped version if you’re being blocked by security software

Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 Technical Preview
.NET Framework 2.0 or higher (included with Windows Vista or newer), .NET 3.5 or 4.0 recommended

Messenger Reviver 2

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.

revivernewinstall Reviver Repair

Advanced options If you wish to do a manual re-install or repair, you can select these options by clicking the Advanced button and choosing the function you would like.

Easter Eggs
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
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.

Messenger spinner
signinani 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, the forum, or contact me directly.
Using Windows 8.1?  For the time being, you will need to make sure your Windows installation is up-to-date and that KB2903939 is installed.  See the top notice.

Messenger server problems
Occasionally the Messenger servers have been experiencing problems signing in.  You may need to sign in at 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.

Version history

Nov 13 2014
  • Fixes both Windows Live Messenger 2008 and Windows Live Messenger 2009 (solves error code 85ae0010 sign in issue)
Apr 16 2014
  • Support for new Messenger 2012 16.4.3528.0331
Feb 19 2014
  • Support for new Messenger 2012 16.4.3522.0110
Sept 09 2013
  • Messenger 2011/2012 has been blocked from being installed on Windows 8.1 due to a compatibility problem with Windows 8.1 I’ve yet been able to fix.
    (This version has been withdrawn as Microsoft has fixed the error in update KB2903939)
May 13 2013
  • Support for new Messenger 2012 16.4.3508.0205
May 07 2013
  • Changes to the detection of Messenger to allow weird modified Program
    Files folder configurations on 64-bit Windows
  • Fixed a rare crash that would happen on new Messenger installs on XP
May 04 2013
  • Now scans all running applications for Messenger file in use
  • Also supports patching the file and rebooting for the change to take effect
  • Added some code to avoid broken Windows Installers
Apr 25 2013
  • Added support for Windows Live Messenger 2008 (8.5.1302.1018)
  • More aggressive in shutting down services that might hold on to the file, hopefully should resolve some of the “waiting” issues
Apr 25 2013
  • Changed how XP clients work as Reviver was trying to patch Windows Messenger and required advanced settings to install Live Messenger again, it should now be automatic on XP
Apr 24 2013
  • Switching the self-extractor to Microsoft’s iexpress to solve some issues, this should prevent the application from not exiting when it’s done its work and hopefully better with security software
Apr 23 2013
  • First release of Messenger Reviver 2

Posted on April 23, 2013, in Messenger, Messenger Tools, MSN Messenger, Skype. Bookmark the permalink. 1,802 Comments.

  1. Thanks, great work. Works like a charm

  2. Bro, I LOVE you, that saved my life.
    Greetings from Brazil.

  3. So I ran this after the November 13th incident and it worked like a charm; just pressed Start and it fixed everything without me having to do anything else. Just wondering admin, what exactly did this program do to messenger/my computer to fix the problem so easily?

  4. Thank you so much!! Please never stop to support this awesome little tool!
    Where is the donate button? ^^

  5. You literally saved me <3 I've had issues with that "sign in error" thing and I thought it was the end. Thank you so much for fixing. Hail MSN

  6. I’ll just leave this here in the hope that someone googling it might find it. I’m using MSN 8.5 and instead of the sign-in issue described in the post I got the error message “You cannot use Messenger at this time because your contact list is not available. Please try again later” with the error code 81000378 and nothing else helped – however, the latest 2.3 version of Reviver fixed it. Cheers!

  7. do you know if this program exist for mac ??

  8. Thank you !!

  9. Thanks a lot Jonathan!

    I had modifed 8.5 with reshack a couple of years back, but I really thought it was the end with this new error. So glad you found a solution!

  10. Hi Jonathan, do you by any chance have Messenger Reviver 2 for Linux/Ubuntu? I use Ubuntu 14,04 LTS and have also been struggling to fix this annoying issue since a few days back. Thanks!

    • Greetings FZ. Well I’ll admit I’ve investigated the possibility before – although that was more along the lines of using Messenger with WINE.

      I’ll continue in your other comment :)

  11. Eu amor o MSN. Mas essa versão reviver não tem todos os recursos q o outro tinha, como winks e chamar atenção.

    • Reviver não é uma versão de MSN. É um programa que faz funcionar o velho MSN. Si você não pode chamar atenção é porque o seu contato não está usando MSN, mas Hotmail (Outlook.) Beijinhos argentinos!

  12. Thank you!!

  13. Very fast fix! I knew something was up in the past few days… great job Jono!

  14. Diego Rivas Arteaga

    Again.. THANKS A LOT… can’t live without… live messenger XD. Such a great job man!!!

  15. you are my saviour!!! i cant even tell you how worried and upset i was when i got this message today, i was so nervous and frightened that it was the beginning of the end- but as always jonathon, you have managed to save the day and bring smiles to so many faces all over again. you are absolutely the best and entirely invaluable!!! much love and kisses from england! <3

  16. Awww I Love you, I love you very much!!!!!!!!!! thank youuu

    Long Live msn, long liveee!

  17. Thank you….you are amazing!!!

  18. Nevermind, I was logged in on Skype lol!

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