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. 2,195 Comments.

  1. As of yesterday, groups no longer work
    Not sure if it something that might be fixed considering how less than 100 people still use MSN Messenger, but I hope it will

  2. same for me group is not working

  3. I can bring back old messages from msn too?

  4. bonsoir,Jonathan kay,j’ai deux compte,et l’autre me connecte sans aucun probléme avec mes deux compte mes le probléme que j’ai c’est que j’apparait en hors ligne alor que je suis connecter,et je voudrais savoir si il y a une solution,parce que moi j’ai éssayer tout ce que je connésser y compris desinstaller et réinstaller,mes aucun succer.
    je vous demande donc de bien vouloir faire le necessaire merci

  5. Is there any ways to force Microsoft to bring msn messenger back with all contacts?

    By making survey or signatures to people or users and send it to Microsoft ..??

    I hate Skype i missed msn messenger so much 😦

    • bonsoir,il existe MessengerReviver pour recupérais windows live messenger,mes part contre au sujet des contactes je ne c’est pas parce que j’ai un probléme avec un de mes contacte,donc pour les contacte je ne peux rien dire,et moi aussi je déteste skype pour ce qu’il on fait,car couper tout le monde sa je ne l’accepterais jamais,mes il y a toujour windows live messenger 2012 qui fonctionne trés bien,pour cela il suffi de télécharger MessengerReviver.
      mes c’est vrais que si on pouvais faire circuler une pétition pour qu’il le remêtte sa cerais super et je pensse qu’il y en a beaucoup qui y retournerais,car depuis que skype a couper tout le monde il on beaucou moin de monde car de mon coté toute les personne que je connais n’utilise même plus skype mes part contre il utilise facebook messenger en attendant.
      donc si on pouvais faire circuler une pétition pour qu’il revienne chez microsoft sa cerais super.

  6. Does the run in background option still exist or no?

  7. anyone who wants to add me:

  8. I upgraded to Windows 10 (version 1511) two days ago and since then I can’t sign in anymore. A friend of mine has the same version and it works just fine for her. What could be the problem? Is there a new reviver version incoming? Please help 😦

    • You need to run and use Reviver again after you upgrade to Windows 10.

      • I did. I also tried a fresh install and a repair install. All three options are no use. The weird thing is that it seemed to work just fine right after Windows 10 booted for the first time. The second time I started my PC, it stopped working completely (“service is temporarily unaivailable”). Is there any way to find out what causes this? This is bugging me so hard that I’m considering reverting back to win 8.1

        • What is the error code it’s giving you? You’ll need to click ‘Show Details’ to see it.

          • The error text is “Signing in to Windows Live Messenger failed because the service is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later” and the code is: 8004884b

  9. My contact information for my best friend keeps disappearing from the messanger anytime I disconnect or shutdown. How can I fix this issue please help its very toublesome for me

  10. I can’t get the installation to work, it gives me 2 logs. I’m on Windows 10 !
    Please help me :5

  11. I need your help, i can’t install it ! It gives me two logs ! Please help 😦 I’m on Windows 10 !

    • bonjour,popodu23,pour ton probléme il faut que tu t’adresse a jonathan kay,en expliquant bien ton probléme,et je pensse qu’il va le résoudre,puisque le logiciel windows live messenger 2012 autremendit MessengerReviver sa vien de lui qui jaire tout sa,et je pensse qu’il va résoudre ton probléme.

  12. Can I still connect to Facebook through Messenger??? I aren’t having any luck so far. It comes up with ”You are not logged in: You are not logged in. Please log in and try again.”
    I am logged in though.

    • I’m afraid not Cian, it used Facebook’s XMPP which Facebook shut down last year.

      • bonjour,jonathan kay,j’ai un probléme avec windows live Messenger 2012,j’ai des contacte qui disparaisse,et donc j’ajoute les contacte qui me manque mes le probléme c’est qu’il apparais en hors ligne,et en ce qui concerne les contacte qui me manque je suis obliger de les ajouter a chaque fois que je connecte mon Messenger,et a chaque fois il apparaisse en hors ligne.
        j’ai l’impréssion qu’il n’arrive pas a gardez en mémoire les contacte que j’ajoute,car comme je les dit je suis obliger de les ajouter a chaque fois que je connecte Messenger et a chaque fois il sont en hors ligne,des que je me déconnecte et que je me reconnecte les contacte qui me manque sont de nouveaux plus dans mes contacte,et comme je le dit je suis obliger de les ajouter a chaque fois et sa me fait sa que sur quatre contacte.
        d’autre part quant je positionne ma sourie sur le contacte sa me dit qu’il est sur le réseaux lync alors qu’il devrais être sur le réseaux windows live.
        je vous demande donc de bien vouloir faire le nécessaire affin que cela redevienne comme avent merci.

  13. are there, by any chance, some news regarding my 8004884b problem? it’s still driving me nuts :/

  14. As of today, I can no longer see any contacts in Messenger. Contacts still show up in skype when I log in under the same account. Butterfly messenger still shows my contacts.

  15. Yay – auto fix to the rescue. 😀
    My contacts show up again, and I didn’t do anything to make it work. I had rebooted my laptop before when I started to get that issue, and it didn’t help, but now all my contacts are back (most of them anyway). There are a few that I have had difficulty adding to the list & I am unable to remove them via Butterfly messenger.

    My guess is that there was something wrong with the server that Butterfly messenger could get around, but Messenger couldn’t.

  16. Support Windows XP?

  17. Thank you thank you thank you

  18. Hi Jonathan, Shane here. As of recently, I have changed my primary e-mail address (the one I use to log into messenger and outlook), but eversince that moment, while I can still log into Outlook just fine, I suddenly I can’t log into messenger anymore, always giving me the error code:


    Its saying the service is temporarily unavailable. I also tried re-using the reviver to no successful effect. What is going on I ask? Can you help me? I also read I can’t revert back my primary e-mail adress to my adress, because its a system design suddenly.

  19. I think there’s been another update to Windows 10 that isn’t supported by your software. No matter what I do, I can’t get it to connect anymore. Sad, I hate Skype.

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