Use Messenger Reviver 2 to bring back Messenger and beat Skype

Messenger Reviver 2

Download Messenger Reviver 2

Dec 17, 2014
Windows Live Messenger 2008, 2009, 2011 and Windows Messenger users

If you have previously revived Windows Live Messenger 2008, 2009 or 2011, you will need to do so again using the latest version of Messenger Reviver 2 to continue to sign in.

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: Messenger Reviver 2 zipped if you are experiencing problems with running Reviver.

Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 Technical Preview
On Windows XP, you will also need the .NET Framework 2.0 (except SP2), .NET Framework 3.5 or 4.0.

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 repair your Essentials installation.

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.

If you are attempting to revive Windows Messenger on Windows XP and do not have Windows Live Messenger already installed, use the Patch Messenger option in this menu to revive it without further Live Essentials installation.

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 forum, the live chat, 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.

Version history

Dec 20 2014
  • Patches Windows Live Messenger 2011 to use the correct Messenger servers
  • Patches Windows Messenger (all versions) to use the correct Messenger servers
  • New support for Windows Messenger 4.7.3000 (Windows XP SP2) and Windows Messenger 5.1.0715
  • Bug when detecting if Live Messenger 2008 has been re-revived fixed
  • Automatically enables TLS support (as now required for Messenger) if it has been turned off
Dec 5 2014
  • Patches Windows Live Messenger 2008 and Windows Live Messenger 2009 to force them to use the correct Messenger servers
  • Fixed a bug when upgrading to Messenger 2012 on Windows Server when the .NET Framework 3.x isn’t installed
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. 1,867 Comments.

  1. Hi, I’ve been getting an 81000306 error since yesterday. Up until then Messenger was working fine (I did have a problem with getting videos from contacts, they’d always crash when I attempted to play them, as well as getting an Adobe notification even though I have it already). Is there any fix for this error? I’ve tried re installing several times now, but still the same thing happens. Any help is appreciated.

  2. I’m suddenly getting error code 8100030d. It connects, then some time later it disconnects and when I try to log in again, it gives me that error code. Then I keep trying, until I’m able to connect again. And a short time later it happens again. Any fix? Thanks in advance.

  3. thanks a lot for this upgrade!!! needed it very much…
    best regards!

  4. Hi. Until around a month ago, a colleague of mine and I have been using MSN Live Beta v8.5 build 1235.0517, pretending our platforms were W2k to fool it into not upgrading. Sadly Reviver V2.4 does not support v8.5, The big advantage from our perspective of 8.5 is that it allows sharing folders – no cloud storage. Any chance of providing a patch for 8.5, pretty please?

    Thanks in anticipation

    • Greetings Roger. Reviver supports 8.5 (2008), but only the released version right now. Just wondering — is there a reason you need to use the beta version? The release version does support Sharing Folders too.

      The 2008 release version is 8.5.1302.1018, if you can’t find a reputable copy, I’l be happy to provide it.

      • Wow – thanks for lightning-fast response. No reason that I need the Beta version – just never appreciated that this one was released before they went on their skydrive (skydive?!). I’ve found the version you mentioned on softpedia – – downloaded and installed – and revived – and I’m back up and running. Many thanks for a great Xmas present!

        • You’re very welcome, glad to hear it :)

          • Ok – next problem! My friend has also revived his 8.5 – and we are back almost to where we were in November. The sharing window appears, as does the ability of live chat and file transfer (by dragging to the chat window – to “Received files”. However, despite the helpful sharing folders and periodical “trying to synchronise”, the dreaded “Sharing folders can’t synchronise right now but will try again later.” message appears. We have both tried complete restarts – including router reboots. Any thoughts? Do I need us both to open up a new port through the firewalls at each end?

  5. Does anyone know of any chatbot things that still work?

  6. How can i remove “stardevelop logo” coming to footer while sending offline email message using live help messenger ?

    • Greetings Mitul. I think you’re in the wrong place. The “Live Help Messenger” appears to be a software/service from the Stardevelop company. If you want to contact them, I’d suggest starting here. Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful.

  7. Just realised I “replied” as opposed to started a new thread – apologies. In case it was too far down the tree – repeated here. Jonathan – feel free to delete – not trying to spam you.

    Ok – next problem! My friend and I have bot revived 8.5 – and we are back almost to where we were in November. The sharing window appears, as does the ability of live chat and file transfer (by dragging to the chat window – to “Received files”. However, despite the helpful appearance of sharing folders and periodical “trying to synchronise”, the dreaded “Sharing folders can’t synchronise right now but will try again later.” message appears. We have both tried complete restarts – including router reboots. Any thoughts? Do I need us both to open up a new port through the firewalls at each end? This used to happen very occasionally in MSN’s heyday. However, it typically used to burst into life after a day or so max.

    Of no consequence, but mentioned in case it is relevant, very occasionally although we are both online (and not “appearing offline” one can see the other but not the other way around, Solved by the invisible party logging off and on again.

    • In desperation we both turned off our firewalls today for a while… no cigar :-(

    • How did this file-share work then Jonathan? I assume it was some serverside version of SyncToy running? this means to back up one another’s files – but not stored on cloud – to my mind is very powerful. Am I fighting a lost cause?

  8. It seems to work again now. Not sure what was the issues. Perhaps the reviver kicked in with a little delay, or maybe it was just my internet acting up. Thank you again.

  9. this does work on windows 8 and 8.1 btw cuz i’m using that system. however. . right now i’m now experiencing a weird thing. I sign in it signs me out. I sign in it signs me right back out. so i’m running reviver to see if that helps or if i’ve done messed up some setting in privacy lol ah apparently the reviver helped and this could have just been a network issue for me, still I’ll post just in case.

  10. I can log onto skype, in a new name i made, skype using sandboxie, with my windows live still signed in. i have a bug where if people would message me on msn i wouldn’t get their messages, an they wouldn’t get mine which stinks. so I started using both, just so i could see their messages. and have them see mine. . which I forgot to even mention. and now earlier mentioned issue. still is happening so it’s not my connection. i log in and it automatically logs me right back out. over and over lol i’ve repaired it a couple times. . i’m using windows 2009

  11. still having an issue with it logging me out repeatedly. keep having to repair it an that only works for a little bit

  12. will have new update

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

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