Use Messenger Reviver 2 to bring back Messenger and beat Skype

Messenger Reviver 2

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March 12, 2015
Now Windows Live Messenger 2012 only
With the removal of the last servers supporting the older version of the Messenger protocol, versions of Messenger prior to Windows Live Messenger 2012 will no longer work.

If you’re using Windows XP, Mac OS X, Linux, or any other non-Microsoft Messenger client, you will need to either use Skype or the web-based Messenger client in

Windows Live Messenger 2012 current issues:

  • When you sign in you will briefly see a message indicating that your e-mail address is not verified.  This started on on March 5th.  It can be ignored.
  • Hyperlinks will need to be copy/pasted to a browser as they presently don’t show up as a hyperlink.

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 Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10

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.

Version history

Jul 29 2015
  • Fix for Windows 10 (10240) and the 8004882a error, workaround no longer needed
Mar 21 2015
  • Fixes for installing Messenger 2012 on 64-bit Vista and full Windows Server 2008 support
Mar 17 2015
  • Windows Vista support for installing/reviving Windows Live Messenger 2012 and the other 2012 Essentials
Mar 12 2015
  • Automatically brings up upgrade window if you don’t have 2012 installed
  • Installation of versions other than 2012 is disabled by default
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. 1,950 Comments.

  1. Greetings, Jonathan. You think in putting a installation for plus (2012) in reviver patch? Like optional selection.I having problems with the plus. Install all ok, create a paste in C:, but the plus don’t load with the msn. Is such pain only writte small. Deleted, reinstated everything and nothing… So sad.

    Ah. My windows is 7 Ultimate. You know any solution?

    • Plus! has been known to have problems loading into Messenger with some NVidia drivers. Using an older one usually eliminates the conflict (check other posts/web articles for the recommended version). The current makers of Plus! have corrected the problem in the past, but they no longer seem to be maintaining the product which is sad. Efforts to contact them appear to be fruitless as well.
      If the problem is not because of the NVidia driver, then I do no know what to suggest.

  2. Hello, I have an issue. One of my messenger contacts is constantly disappearing once messenger is closed. I have to add this contact every time for it to appear. Is there any solution to this?

  3. Hi! I’ve got a problem when installing Messenger with Reviver. After downloading 2012 version, the system shows a window saying “Update for Microsoft Lync 2013 (KB2881083) 32-Bit Edition”, and installation is canceled. When I go to the Temp folder, there is a file called “revwlsetup.exe” that seems to be the installer for Messenger, but the file description is “Update for Microsoft Lync 2013 (KB2881083) 32-Bit Edition”, so… is Reviver downloading the right file? Thanks for your help!

  4. please make an application for iphone please

  5. per favore fate un applicazione per iphone vi supplico :(

  6. please need msn 2009 reviver :( thank you

  7. It’s not working anymore on my laptop! ):

  8. Hi! Are you going to work in the version for Windows 10? I don´t know if the program will have a problem that day D:

  9. greaaaat :D thank u so much jonathan :)))

  10. is the Windows Messenger still able to be revived for Windows XP? I’m curious on that one but I also want to make another note since I do own Windows 98 that any versions of MSN Messenger 7.0 and lower no longer work and won’t let me use the right servers and log in. Jonathan I am wondering if there would be a way to fix that issue.

    • Greetings James. Windows Messenger no longer works. The only Microsoft version of desktop Messenger that works today is Windows Live Messenger 2012. There is no immediate way to “fix” this.

  11. This is pretty high up on google when you search for how to open old messenger plus files, so I’m going to post the info below which should help people out.

    This will open old messenger .ple log files:!jRMXFKpQ!lt8W01NcTGjHULzXVKv9ygpqSvT-N6pCd10VnjK1PtM

    It’s the Messenger Plus Log Viewer only, extracted from the Skype Plus install – which is able to open ancient ple files. Just saves people without Skype the hassle of installing it.

    This will open old .ple msn messenger files, and encrypted ones at that assuming you have the password.

    To archive log files as PDF, you could click print on each log, and use software like CC PDF Converter.

    If the the mega link goes down in the future, this shouldn’t:
    (download the zip file on the right)

  12. Hi Jonathan. I have to say thank you again for fixing Messenger.

    I do have one curious quirk to mention, but I do not know if there is anything you can do about it.
    Every time I sign into Messenger it tells me that I have three notifications and when I click on it, Messenger takes me to a Skype web page titled “I used to use messenger, what do I need to know about Skype?”. I do not know why it does that for me, but me friend still receives proper notifications from time to time and they do not take him to any web page, but instead opens the “so-and-so wants to be your friend” form. (He just had one today.)

    If there is anything you can do it would be appreciated. If you need my assistance, please let me know.


    • Could it be because I have more than one notification. I tried to log on using his computer and it still took me to the Web. His did not use a Web Page, instead it used the old built-in form/screen.

  13. Hello sir, first af all thank for running this project, i just decide to reuse wlm but when i try to connect it gives me the error 80080005, when i use the error fixer, it tell me something about main ports and i shoul allowed on firewall, but im not using firewall.. can you help me? thanks!

  14. Thank you a lot! I missed so much messenger! But… Is it just me or it frozes everytime I open a new window/conversation? (Messenger 2012 with reviver 2 in Windows 8)

  15. Keep getting error 80090004 every time I sign in, says the service isn’t available, what do I do, I’ve tried everything thanks

  16. i wanna msn2009 :-(

  17. I somehow lost my custom iicons on my version of this how do i get them back?

  18. I wont windows live messenger 2009 :( why now only messenger 2012

  19. i wanna MSN2009 please :( :( :(

  20. Jonathan : me gusta el trabajo que haces hermano
    y me gustaria que vuelva el messenger 2009
    o el BETA 8 que son buenos !
    en realidad… seria muy amable de tu parte
    por que todavia…
    hay fè que pronto abra soluciones.. hermano y podras arreglarlo saludos desde BOLIVIA – SANTA CRUZ

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

  22. Never mind, the gallery install then sign in, did the trick….

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