Use Messenger Reviver 2 to bring back Messenger and beat Skype

Messenger Reviver 2

Download 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.  An upcoming version of Reviver will automatically check and install this update for you.

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
.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

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. 1,620 Comments.

  1. laracroftonline

    It still works!

  2. Thanks a ton…!

  3. OMG THANK YOU!!! you saved my life dude .. thanks so much ! :)

  4. Mustafa SEZER from TÜRKİYE

    Thank you very much! This is great news for us. Everybody knows Skype is suck, because Messenger is the best. It has keeping too many special feature inside. Nudge, emotions, various text and colours, easy changeable profile picture and status message etc. It’s GREAT FOR US! We’ll watch your news at Turkey. Sincerely.

  5. Thanks,

  6. Thanks for this , MSN bring me such a good memories ^.^

  7. I can still use it fine on Windows 8.1 as of 8 April 2014.

  8. The “MSN Plus” sounds aren’t working anymore :(

  9. Tested and confirm that it is still working (2009 edition) as of 4-11-14. Was really happy to see Messenger actually working again, can’t stand slow, buggy Skype! Sadly this will soon be patched, thank our friends Micro$oft for that -_-
    For those looking for a good backup though, could always use Digsby. Although it has been a little bit buggy with Facebook IM lately. Whatever happened to just a simple, clean working IM application? Geez
    All in all, great utility for the time being. Grateful to have it and see Messenger back. So assuming once this is fully patched, it’s dead for good :/
    If worst came to worst, downgrading back to v. 2008 or so may work I’m guessing. Looks like MS is trying to patch all the later versions everyone tries to use 1st.

  10. Hey, thanks for this program!
    Is there a chance that there is one other program thus msn plus under windows 8.1 work? With Windows 8 I have no problems but Windows 8.1! Msn Plus will be installed but Windows Live Messenger 2009 or 2012 it does not activate. Its the “MsgPlusLive-490″ Msn Plus 4.9 Version
    I’m sorry for my bad english :-)

    • Greetings Kaikoo. Messenger Plus continues to work just fine on 8.1. The problem is other software can conflict with Plus, which may had been updated along with your 8.1 upgrade with or without your knowledge from other sources, like Windows Update. For example, the last known issue affecting Plus from working was Nvidia video drivers. Unfortunately Plus was never updated for this problem before it was abandoned and just removing the video drivers doesn’t fix the problem. Additionally, you may need those up-to-date drivers for 8.1 compatibility.

      However, if you don’t use an Nvidia card, there are other possibilities. If that’s the case, a starting point, you could turn off all the startup programs to see if that makes a difference. If that restored Plus, you could work backwards to determine which application is at fault for breaking it.

  11. Anyone else having issue with messenger no longer showing new mail count?
    Tthis started happening for me a couple of days ago, I’m on Live messenger 8.5 (Build 8.5.1235.0517) running Windows 7 Enteprise.

    • Greetings Jones. I can confirm that the count is just fine for me. However, the unread count being unreliable is not a new or unheard issue; it’s a problem that Messenger has always experienced from time to time since its inception. Thankfully, the problem generally fixes itself within a few week or so at least.

      • Oh thanks for the reply, don’t think I’ve ever encountered the unread count been off for me before and I’ve been uning msn messenger for I don’t know how many years. Hopefully it will. as yousay, correct itself! Agian, thanks for your reply.

        • In the time since I originally replied, I got another message from another person with the same problem you have. I checked here yet again, and it’s still working for me. Unfortunately the count and notifications are all done on the server and just sent to Messenger, so it may be difficult/impossible to fix if it’s a problem that sticks around. Hopefully it doesn’t!

  12. I know MSN Messenger is probably going to be switched off at any moment…but I’ve noticed the Inbox link from the main MSN Messenger window doesn’t open my Outlook/Hotmail Inbox any more, nothing happens.
    Same when I send or receive email links during an MSN Messenger chat…I try to click it and nothing happens :(
    Not sure if it’s a sign that it’s unravelling but THANK YOU for giving me a little longer with my favourite Messenger client!! x

    • Greetings. It still works for me and in all accounts I have. However, there are other reasons why this could be broke (some aren’t even Reviver related), including your default browser and your account domain. For example, domains are particularly affected. Any extra information would be helpful.

      • Hello Jonathan! Thanks for replying. It’s an “” account, so, not sure why email links don’t work in chat, or my Hotmail Inbox doesn’t open any more. The default browser that opens via MSN Messenger links is Internet Explorer. I use Mozilla for other things, but I haven’t changed browsers, or updated them, to my knowledge. But I will still hang on to Messenger as I love it so much :)

        • Actually, d’oh, you make a very good point. The default browser has been reset to Internet Explorer (by me) and the links/Inbox work again.
          I guess I’m just slightly doom-laden as I’m expecting MSN Messenger to say Adios at any moment :( (Thanks again) :)

  13. It seems the sound emoticons server is down. I have been using sound emoticons for years and it doesn’t appear any other messaging app has this feature :(

    • Greetings gravitas. Just to be clear, this is a Messenger Plus feature, not a Messenger feature.
      That said, it appears the sound server ended up on Amazon EC2 and is simply not responding. It’s possible (although I admit the chances aren’t in our favour) it might come back up again. Just quickly looking at the network trace, it does appear we’d need additional information to even begin to put up a new server to handle this (although it’s totally doable).

  14. For the last 2 days mine doesn’t show any message count at all.

    • AHHHH!!!!!!,, it’s true ><, i'm on Windows 7 64bits and even though the Messenger works (i've been contacted!) the e-mail icon DOESN'T SHOWS ANY NOTIFICATIONS!!!

      • the same here…Slovakia (using US no notifications for about 2 days…messenger still working but only partly (sometimes). looks like the end has finally came…..:(((((
        is there any way of getting back email notifications at least?

  15. this is awesome :)

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