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. 1,730 Comments.

  1. I’d just like to say it’s absolutely brilliant how you’re maintaining WLM. Absolutely perfect support, I’d just like to ask do you have an estimated time frame on WLM’s availability? I remember when I first got the Messenger Reviver I’m sure you said it was only going to be available until April 2014 (of course I’m thrilled it’s still working as good as ever)
    Is it just a case of taking each day as it comes?
    Once again great job thus far, Windows Live Messenger all the way!

    • Thanks Chris. That’s pretty much it, our last “known” date was the end of May and obviously nothing came of that. I’m not sure if you’ve seen it but there’s some details about the past dates on this last post.

      One thing to add — to the best of our knowledge (both in observation and evidence over the past 12 months), the Messenger servers are still actively being used by Skype for Messenger use using that client, so there’s not a huge advantage to unnecessarily blocking them completely. Of course it’s expected that they will truly move Messenger over to Skype at some point, but that’s some serious work that isn’t trivial.

  2. I used the original 2.0 Reviver , tool and now after more than a year I have returned back and downloaded 2.2.5 for my new Win 8 machine since the original somehow did not revive it. 2.2.5 has done the job, thanx a lot. Microsoft should sell WLM to you if they want to take it down.

  3. Why did Microsoft even merge to Skype? I never liked it and i was addicted to MSN LM.

    • Greetings Epsii – there’s a lot of reasons, but they did pay $8.5 billion for Skype and a lot of that money was for the brand name. Certainly the name of Messenger has been transformed for whatever brand it needs to be over time; the software has been known as MSN Messenger, Windows [XP] Messenger, and Windows Live Messenger already, and now Skype. Although I admit I thought they would bring Skype into Messenger, not the other way around.

  4. Hey,
    Is Messenger Reviver 2 still available?
    Because, I tried downloading it and all, but it didn’t work? Says the service is temporarily unavailable… :(

    • Greetings Nostalgic. It’s still available and working. So if you’re still having trouble signing in, knowing the error code that’s indicated when you click ‘Show details’ would be how to start troubleshooting.

  5. Thank you so much for this, it’s really work, i’m gonna share this. :) Skype is crap and i can finally swap my skype shit to MSN. This old legend.

  6. I can’t receive alert of new e-mail and if I log in I can’t view if there are e-mails in the right top of the messenger client. There is a way to fix the problem?

  7. thank you so much!!!!!

  8. It has stopped working for me. i cant send any messages anymore. :(

    • Greetings Raggie. What exactly happens when you try sending a message? Also, are you and your contacts showing as online? Since offline messaging no longer works, trying to send messages while offline will be unreliable.

  9. i’m literally CRYING RIGHT NOW thank you so so so so so much you are the best!! i’ve been wanting to use the old msn ever since they shut down the services!! i love the colors, the own emoticons, the own sounds!! still the best messenger forever, it’s so sad microsoft discontinued it!!!

    thank you so much for your work!!!

  10. it isn’t working DD:

    • Greetings mei. Sorry to hear that, but I can certainly say there is no global outage. It would be helpful though to know what exactly isn’t working — installation, signing in, messaging or something else. Also any details, like error messages and codes would be great.

  11. hola es posible ver o recuperar las conversaciones antiguas?

    • Hola joaquin. That really depends if you saved them to your hard drive. By default if you allowed Messenger to store the conversations, you can use Reviver, log into Messenger, open a conversation with the contact you’re interested in, press the Alt key on the keyboard to bring the menu bar, choose File (Archivo in español), and then View Message History (Ver el historial de mensajes in español). If you prefer not to use Messenger to view these or wish to back these conversations up, unless you previously moved them, they’ll be stored in your My Documents (Documentos in español), My Received Files, choose the folder corresponding to your Microsoft account (for example, will be test2858690093) and then the History folder underneath that. Inside you’ll find XML files you can just open in Internet Explorer.

      If you used Messenger Plus! to save your conversations, then those will also be in your My Documents folder under My Chat Logs.

  12. Hello, Jonahan.
    First of all, THANK YOU for what you have done. You have no idea how much I hate Skype, but I won’t digress.
    I have a quick question, though. My girlfriend has a Mac instead.
    It seems that ever since the shutdown, she could still keep using an old program called “microsoft messenger”, which has worked without problems until today. Now, she’s telling me that the software wouldn’t let her log in anymore, saying that the user\password are wrong.
    I don’t know if you’re familiar with this and can help me anyway. Like, I don’t know if there’s any patches, or turnaround, to log in into an MSN software on Machintosh at the moment.
    We are currently testing with aMSN in the meanwhile, but I remember she had to take it off because it caused several conflits, such as kicking her out of outlook (unsure about vice-versa though, we are going to try again soon). Will update you if I find a solution.


    • Greetings David. Sorry for the slow reply – I tested it here and I’m able to sign in with Messenger:Mac. If you could double-check the version (Messenger in the top menubar, then About Messenger…), and see if it’s any different from mine. I’m using version 8.0.1 which I got from CNET Downloads.

      aMSN never implemented the MPOP (Multiple Points of Presence) feature, so you can only log in from one location at a time (although that’s true of Messenger:Mac too). Another client you might consider is emesene, here’s the latest OS X version. Emesene supports MPOP but some of the other features seem to be broken on OS X now (like opening the emoticon panel), but it does seem to work okay otherwise. (Note that you may need to change your security settings in OS X to use unsigned applications.) You also might consider Admium too.

      • hi i wonder i cant add frinds on msn nothing happend:(

      • Hey Jonathan, thanks a lot.
        This is very weird, she says she has 8.0.2 but it still gives that password error. Of course, she has verified that it’s correct: infact, that same password lets her login in hotmail.
        I don’t know what to say, honestly. We’re going to try with the other software you suggested, so thanks a lot for that =)

  13. OMG! Im so so so so so s oso s hapy for this! I really hate Skype, it is so boring and dead! Messenger is fun and ALIVE! <3

  14. Hi Jonathan. Once again I’d like to say it’s still been a brilliant, flawless service for me, no problems at all, I can only give my appreciation! Although I’ve got a question; I’m wondering if there’s a way I can speak to contacts using Skype while I’m using Messenger? I actually do this with some people using Skype, but I’m pretty sure the only one’s I’m able to talk to are the one’s who converted their existing messenger account TO Skype, so I’m not able to figure out if I’m able to talk to people on Skype through Messenger if they made a new Skype account if you understand what I’m saying? Will look forward to the response, Cheers!

  15. Berkay Yeresaçan

    Hi Jonathan. I want to ask you an important question. I installed Windows XP on my other computer. But in English. If my uncle does not speak English. I’m on my computer in Turkish How can I install Windows Live Messenger?

    • Greetings Berkay. Reviver will attempt to guess which language of Messenger you wish to install based on the language used in Windows but you can override its guess in the language drop-down. If you have Messenger already installed and want to change the language, you will need to uninstall it and reinstall from Reviver (at least for the 2009 version). Also, Reviver itself is English only for now, but it’s pretty simple and I’m sure you could guide your Uncle through it.

  16. I just read that Messenger is being shut down in Mainland China on October 31st. Will this end Messenger Reviver? Any recourse? I really REALLY don’t wanna lose Messenger. ;-;

  17. UK, September 2014. my messenger started opening up a skyp window to “upgrade”.

    Ran MessengerReviver-2-2-5.7, hey-presto !

    we now have messenger working again.

    many thanks to the site and the creator – KEEP IT UP !!

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