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 Technical Preview

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

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. 1,908 Comments.

  1. Omg I can’t believe this stopped working! I’m using windows XP will there be a fix for this soon?! I hope so!

  2. Hey, i tried signing on on Windows Messenger 2009 it was working just fine yesterday and the weeks before now when i tried to sign on it wouldn’t let me anymore although i had this problem happen before it fixed by itself like the next day but for some reason nothing now :( i hope it gets fixed soon and we have a reviver especially only for 2009

    I don’t want to use 2012 cause i know it’s terrible :( please i hope you create a way for it to work again.

    • This has happened to me too, just go to msn reviver and choose the repair option instead:) it should work after that

  3. its not wooooorking

  4. messenger 2009 is never work again? :(

  5. Oh! I Like the 2009 version, I hate 2012 :(

  6. I have a problem , when yesterday update 2009 Messenger version to 2012 , every few minutes lost connection an reconnect 30 seconds later . Anyone have a solution for this problem ?

  7. across_the_line

    Jonathan, do you think is it possible to get a new reviver only for 2009 version to fix this again? I have 5 different versions and none of them works on windows-live-messenger-2009:

    2-4-1 ( the last one to fix the live messenger 2012 )

    Please, I need it back =(

  8. >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.

    Are there fixes to these? I can’t deal with having that verification message pop up every time I log in.

    Can hyperlinks be fixed?

  9. no funciona para el 2009

  10. My comments never seem to get through so hopefully this does. I had 2009, uninstalled it and a week after since 2009 isn’t supported anymore, I went to install 2012 but that hasn’t been working. Always get an 0x80070643 error (and says it’s caused by contacts). I’ve tried a number of things like deleting contacts folders and using cleaners but nothings working. (If it helps, I stupidly pressed on Repair or something on the Messenger 2009 login screen that may have screwed things up, but I’m not sure what.) Not sure if there’s anything else I can do or if I should just give up and use Skype. Get back to me if possible, thanks.

  11. I have a vista that doesn’t have wlm 2012 and i can’t sign in, I also can’t seem to find a download of 2012 for vista, i need my messenger back, can anyone please help?

  12. reviver messenger 2012 for windows vista, please?

    • Greetings Joyce. I’m pleased to tell you that the version posted today supports Vista.

      • It doesn’t seem to work on Windows Server 2008 (essentially Vista Server). The dlls/hotfixes/etc are the same between Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista. Can you please provide assistance in installing it there.

        • Interesting that’s one version I missed in my testing matrix. I’ll try and look at this later on today but if you don’t mind, where in the process does it fail for you?

          • It looks like it is just my server. It keeps telling me the following (note that the msi file name changes sometimes)
            Messenger Reviver
            Contacts.msi in the Messenger installation did not properly download. Please check your internet connection and try again.

            I thought that the internet was working on that server since it was before, however it no longer appears to work.
            I am sorry for reporting what appears to be a non-issue.

            It does bring up a point that those on Vista/2008 without an internet connection probably can’t install 2012.

          • Yes, it was the Internet connection. The server was recently virtualized and for some reason the gateway was missing. Figures!

          • DOH! I spoke too soon. I did get a real problem when trying to install.
            The log file says the following:
            MSI (s) (14:80) [12:09:32:690]: Product: Windows Live ID Sign-in Assistant — Installation failed.

            MSI (s) (14:80) [12:09:32:690]: Windows Installer installed the product. Product Name: Windows Live ID Sign-in Assistant. Product Version: 7.250.4311.0. Product Language: 1033. Installation success or error status: 1603.

            If I re-run Reviver, it detects that messenger is installed and when I try to revive it I get the following error:
            msnmsgr.exe – Unable To Locate Component
            This application has failed to start because wlidcli.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem.

            Thanks again for your hard work. – Btw, did you have any thoughts on the proxy idea?


            • FYI, I tried to uninstall the failed messenger install, but had no luck finding anything. (Also note that I have the full log file if you want it)

            • Thanks for investigating that, I think I’ve got all the Server 2008 problems nailed down. I’m just finishing the final tests and I’ll package it up later on today for for 2.4.3.

              Don’t worry about uninstallation right now, the uninstaller won’t appear unless there’s been a successful install. Unfortunately the whole process is a bit hacky so it will unfortunately have a shortcut. When you do try the next release, you will have to click the Advanced button, then ‘Do a new Messenger install’ and then choose 2012 as it will think it’s installed and find files already.

              The proxy concept I responded to in detail in the last two paragraphs on this forum post.

              This process could be modified to happen offline for sure, that might come later if it’s necessary but to be fair, you do need to be online to use Messenger in the first place ;)

            • Was able to revive wlm2009 briefly in win xp pro sp2 with wlm reviver v2 but after a sec or two I was kicked out.How RUDE!!!!

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

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