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. 2,513 Comments.

  1. Can anyone sign in now ? it says my contacts are not available right now, never had this since i used this patch been working everyday and not not help ????

  2. You are genious and a wonderfull guy ! Many thanks !!!

  3. Are we able to play Solitaire showdown?

  4. me sale un mensaje que hay error en log que puedo hacer porque no me funciona a mi
    tampoco puedo desinstalar el window live esential y cuando trato de instalar nuevamente el windows live messenger 9 me dice q ya tengo todo instalado. ya desinstale el skype que hago ayudenme porfa

    • Greetings jhon. Why can’t you uninstall Messenger? I have a tool that can probably help but I will need to know what version of Messenger and Windows you’re using.

  5. I’m having an issue with custom emoticons. I couldn’t see my contact’s and they couldn’t see mine. When I tried unticking and reticking the “show custom emoticons” option, it wouldn’t save the settings and stayed unticked. Then suddenly it started working. I can now see my contact’s custom emoticons but they cannot see mine and have tried doing what I did without luck. Any ideas?

    • Greetings Justin. There’s a number of possibilities here. First and foremost, I need to know what version(s) you’re using and what exactly you see instead of the custom emoticon. There’s really only two choices; do you see a square that operates like a custom emoticon or do you see the text of the emoticon?
      Also, that ‘Show custom emoticons’ checkbox is just a registry key that’s set and unset.

      If you’re seeing text, both you and your contact should check the registry keys of both the emoticon and custom emoticon keys yourself by going to either (for Messenger 2012/2011), HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MSNMessenger\PerPassportSettings\[IDNUMBER] or (for 2009), HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MSNMessenger and looking at the BINARY values of both ShowEmoticons and ShowCustomEmoticons. (The [IDNUMBER] will be a Messenger ID number corresponding to your Microsoft account and you can calculate it here.) The values should both be set to 01 00 00 00, as shown in this image. If they’re missing, go ahead and create them.

      If you’re seeing squares, that means the emoticon wasn’t transferred or received. There’s lots of reasons (and even more reasons since the latest set of issues began) for this to happen, but as a starting point, make sure that both you and your contact can see each other online and aren’t in conversation with more than just yourselves.

  6. Oh hey, seems Windows Messenger build 5.1.0715 is showing-up as “unsupported”. Also is there a way to not launch WLM automatically after reviving?

    • I was wondering if anyone would ever discover that small oversight – I wasn’t aware of the 715 build of 5.1 until earlier this year. However, it ended up being that Windows Messenger 4.x and 5.x don’t need to be revived to work, so I never saw the need to add support to Reviver for this version. As such, you can just ignore the message and use Windows Messenger.

      And no, there’s no option for that, I can’t say I ever thought about adding it. I’m curious why you wouldn’t want that to happen though.

    • Lady Noremon, I’ve been messing w/ Reviver since August. I’d get as far as installing it, but even though I saw my contacts, they didn’t see me. I spent a few days on it recently–the latest boo-boo was an error message for .Net Framework 4. I’m using XP SP2, & don’t even have that, and didn’t get that error back in August.

      Anyway, I’ve been able to muddle along using Messenger 7.5. Doesn’t have all the neat toys that WLM 2009 has, but–hey–it works 🙂

  7. Hi!
    i wanted to know if there was gonna be any version of messenger plus (the one where you could customize the color of your name & stuff) for the ’09 version
    Thanks so much for the msn reviver! =)

  8. hola tengo problemas para abrir el msn me sale error 80072745 que puedo hacer…gracias

  9. Hi there Jonathan! Excuse, but I’m having an issue, the code is 80072ef1. And my version is Messenger 2009 14. I’ve tried to search everywhere for a solution, but no results. Could you help me?

  10. Hi there. I’m having an issue with 2009. For one reason or another, it won’t start or receive video calls (Skype works just fine-sigh). When checking Tools-Options-Connection, I get a message about being connected using a non UPnP device or a NAT device which restricts a port. I haven’t touched my Internet router or fiddled with the firewall (mostly because I don’t know how to do it). I’m using XP.
    Sorry for bothering you with this, but Googling didn’t do much to help me.

  11. Suddenly cannot connect video on MSN Messenger Live. Have been using an external webcam on my MAC and discovered no sound and no picture a few days ago. Is there any way to restore this? Thanks.

  12. Video chats now no longer want to connect on windows live since 2nd… have used reviver a few times in hopes to fix problem, with no luck. 😦

  13. Will you ever make a Messenger Reviver for Mac? Just wondering! Thanks 😉

  14. Since 2nd December I’ve had problem with video calls, I can’t make or recieve any, there’s always errors coming up, I checked all my settings and everything works. As I’ve seen few people talking about this problem as well I’m afraid its like programs’s error, does anyone know what’s going on?

  15. Everyday when I’m talking to my friends on messenger, they don’t receive some of my messages or I don’t get their messages. EVERYDAY I have this problem, this is so annoying. -_-

  16. same for me……..could login to messenger or chat but video call not working so anyone found the fix ?

  17. where to download msn messenger to use with reviver?

  18. Hi Jonathan
    I have found slow problems sending and receiving messages in the last 3 days
    my friends have also encountering the same problem.
    about 5 seconds between sending and receiving D:

    • Greetings Dave. If you’re using Messenger 2009, download and use the latest Reviver and that should hopefully solve the problem as it will re-enable the older (faster) protocol which was disabled last week.

  19. Hi! It’s been downloading for over an hour.. is that normal or should I start over??

    • Greetings Alexandra. Really depends on your computer and speed of your connection. For most people the Messenger download/installation should only take 10-15 minutes at the most.

  20. Messenger 2009 en windows xp down error 80072ee7 – December 9

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