Use Messenger Reviver 2 to bring back Messenger and beat Skype

Messenger Reviver 2

Download Messenger Reviver 2
Version 2.4.9
SHA-1: 508216587726DC0DA62ED4DE97BE2DDDBBC191BA
SHA-256: A4DAACF866B9E14BD6613CEECE1C58DA9AC308A457A940E655372AC52FBD0C1D

May 19, 2017
Microsoft’s Messenger server is no longer operating.  Please read about the discontinuation, and download the farewell release.

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.

Concise version history (full history)

May 19 2017 2.4.9
  • Farewell release of Messenger Reviver 2
May 17 2017
  • Support for Windows 10 16199
  • Includes support for Windows 10 update KB4019472 14393.1198
  • Includes support for Windows 10 15063 (Creators Update)
  • Includes support for Windows 10 update KB4013198 15086.839
  • Includes support for Windows 10 update KB4012606 10240.17319
May 10 2016
  • Support for Windows 10 14342
  • Starting to remove old 2009 code and user interface
Feb 12 2016
  • Patches Messenger to a new Messenger server host as the existing one was resulting in “can’t connect” (error 80072efd) messages in some locales
Jan 27 2016
  • Support for Windows 10 10586.71-10586.494
  • Support for Windows 10 14251
Oct 3 2015
  • Fix for Windows 10 Cumulative Update KB3093266 (was causing 8004882a/800488fe errors)
Aug 10 2015
  • Fix for Windows 10 32-bit versions
  • Support for Windows 10 10162
  • Better Windows 10 detection
  • Better handling of pending reboots
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. 2,512 Comments.

  1. Awesome, awesome, awesome!!! Worked flawlessly! thank you SO VERY much 😀

  2. lissette rievera

    wuaoo que bien

  3. Thank you soo much for this! Amazing work and even better to share it with people! Sure is nice to see they are still people like that left! Just yesterday was also forced to upgrade to the new skype crap, looking for a way to back up since, then i see this, read a few of the comment, see how you reply and explain to everybody, i try it myself and work like a charm! I cant thank you enough, really amazing work!

  4. Thanks. you are the best Amine 😉

  5. I have been waiting for a hour now for the restore messenger to work..what I’m I missing here

    • Greetings Katherine. Well an installation will take a while as it has to download the files from Microsoft and then install them. If it’s already installed though, it should be near-instant (give or take 10 seconds). If you’re waiting, Reviver is waiting to try and close some applications. Your best bet is to restart your computer and make sure no other applications are running (including your browser, Skype, anything). Then try Reviver again.

  6. Love the reviver! one question, seems msn have disabled the msn Games feature on the current version. Do you have if there is any chances of making a version of the reviver to make games work again? Thank you again!

    • Greetings gaf. Well it appears they’ve removed the games files from the servers or at least made them fully inaccessible. It might be possible if someone had the resources of the game but I unfortunately do not. I have to say I am fairly disappointed by this latest Microsoft decision.

  7. Oh My Good Thank you so much for sharing this Patch i Love You haha 😀 1.5.2013 windows live shuts down in germany now with this patch iam able to login 🙂 Shit Skype Windowslive is best messenger 🙂

  8. Thank you for your hard work. Viva MSN.(In spite of Microsoft’s attempt to kill it)

  9. thanks man, good job

  10. Thank you so much! It worked perfectly! So happy and releaved I don’t have to use skype 🙂 the only thing since I reinstalled is that I can’t see anyone’s profile picture, but that is the least problem. Thank yo!!

  11. Hi Johnathan Got my messenger back thank goodness – 2 questions when you get the chance if possible please –

    1st – may sound stupid but my winks are like best friends especially Ms.Bacon (my name for the dancing pig, lol) …can I get them back…is there any way I can save favourite winks to my pc ??

    2nd – Unlike another correspondent I much prefer outlook to the awful alternative which seems to keep downloading all the emails Ive saved on this pc going back years. Can I switch so that messenger works with outlook again ? If not any idea how I can get an outlook icon on my desktop instead of horrendous windows live mail.

    Skype is horrible, characterless and dull and the layout is awful.

    Thanks for your time and help.

    • Greetings John. Oh I totally understand, I used to give names to the stock photos during the Live Esssentials setup, just because I had gone through it so many times in testing.

      1. The winks should still be there as they’re on your PC already and shouldn’t have gone anywhere. Are you not seeing them or are you thinking you want to back them up? It’s a bit complicated to explain here in a blog comment (especially when I don’t know what your objective is), but the winks are stored in .cab files (under a different name) which you can then extract and take out the .swf (Shockwave Flash) file, which is playable in most video players or your browser separate from Messenger. Additionally, if you are missing winks from Messenger, is it all of them or just a few in particular? There’s a few things you can do to re-generate the built-in ones (like the pig) if needed.
      2. Unfortunately there are so many products and services with the same name now that when you say Outlook, do you mean the website (formerly known as Hotmail) or do you mean Microsoft Office Outlook? If you mean and wish to have an shortcut on your Desktop, just-right click on the Desktop, choose New, then Shortcut, in the wizard put “”, click Next, give it a name of your choice and hit Finish. For the mail integration with Messenger (that is, if you click on a mail notification or the mail icon in Messenger) and you don’t actually use Windows Live Mail, the quickest solution is just to uninstall it. You can do that by heading to the Control Panel’s Programs and Features (or Add or Remove Programs), choose Windows Live Essentials (or Windows Essentials) choose Uninstall/Change, ‘Remove one or more Windows (Live) Essentials products’ and uncheck Live Mail there.

      If you mean Office Outlook and you were using the Hotmail connector, that’s another set of problems. I have a feeling that’s not what you’re referring to though 😛

  12. They finally kicked me off this afternoon. But now I have another year.
    You are a sweet, sweet angel.
    Thank you x

    • Hi Johnathan

      I think Id like to save my winks as some sort of animated file in the event of them eventually being lost Is that possible.? It seems my winks were no long showing as my contacts have also had to swap to skype. I can still access them via a menu. I notice some of the sites which gave out favourite winks are closing.

      I just find skype bland and featureless.

      I realised after I sent my message how many variations of outlook there are. I mean outlook com which I can access as a website but which previously Id accessed through my Messenger. While accessing outlook through the website is okay I suppose, I preferred simply clicking the email icon in messenger and having outlook come up. Is there any way I can get back to this. I dont mean outlook express thats awful.

      • Hi Johnathan removing windows live means I automatically go to outlook now when I click the email icon which suits me fine. Many thanks.

        The only thing I notice was that my desktop messenger icon vanished when I used reviver I created a shortcut but its not quite the same. Fussy I know but anyway I can get the ‘proper’ icon back.

        Thanks for your time once again.

        • The problem was i try to install your application with my Skype open, i close the skype and try again to install your application and all FINE THANKS THANKS for your application. I wish you a nice day.

        • Well Reviver won’t remove any shortcuts (or create any). Skype however will remove the shortcuts although repairing or reinstalling Messenger should bring them back.

          Assuming the icon is still on the start menu however, one quick way you can get the official shortcut/icon back onto the Desktop is to navigate through the start menu as normal, but instead of clicking the icon to start Messenger, hover over it, hold down the Ctrl key on the keyboard and then drag the icon onto the Desktop. The ctrl key creates a copy operation and dragging the shortcut initiates the process of copying it.

      • Thanks John, i have solved the problema now it is all OK thanks again because i use Skype for other things.

      • Like I mentioned above, yes you can extract them to a format playable in any browser or video player, although it’s a complicated process and I think I might do something to make that whole process easier in the near future. Those files are already saved on your hard drive so you don’t really have to worry about saving them right away. If it’s really critical right now, I could write up some instructions but it will be a bit technical and involved, so it might be worth waiting to see what I can come up with 🙂

  13. yes yes yes !!! msn rules ! skype sucks !

  14. your the man, i added you to my blog and approve it works thanks a million.

  15. hi, may i know if reviver is compatible with msgplus? i cant seem to get msgplus to be installed with WLM 2009 =\

    • Greetings Leslie. Reviver makes no changes that will interfere with Plus but although Yuna Software has claimed otherwise, I’ve never gotten any of the newer versions of Plus to work properly on 2009 (this was long before they started forcing any updates). Instead, I use version 4.83.

      • thanks for the reply! i tried install msgplus 4.83 but i dont see any msgplus features inside wlm 009. haha 😐 possible to give me the steps on how u get it working?

  16. hi jonathan, thank you for reviver ! my girl and i were able to play games last night after we downloaded your program and we just went on to play again , but now it takes us to an msn page, saying we need skype ? I wonder if you have an answer to somehow get around this problem ? thank you once again !!!

    • Greetings Michael. Yep, it looks like they took down the Games today, that’s a real shame. Based on a few minutes of analysis it seems that they’ve completely taken them down from the servers and the resources to the games are no longer accessible (probably deleted). If someone had a backup of the resources somewhere there might be a possibility of actually getting them back up (ignoring legal issues), but I’m afraid I don’t have those files and a search came up with nothing. I have to admit I’m fairly disappointed about that and somewhat amused that they propose “Skype” as part of the solution since it has no built-in Games at all.

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