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. My friend told me my messenger status show offline, so unless I send her message first to keep the dialogue window open otherwise she has problem to send me message. I signed in another account and notice my two different account couldn’t see each other, both show offline status. please help

  2. hi Jonathan, I have used msn for sometime now and used the video link to relatives however just recently an error code oxo comes up and I cannot connect plz help thank you Marlene

  3. The Reviver for Mac isn’t working on my Messenger, please help me.

  4. It doesn’t work anymore. It pretends to install, and then it tells me that MSN wasn’t installed due to connectivity problems or because I interrupted the installation. So, folks, I think it’s finally done.

  5. Take it back. I could make an installation for 2012 version. I don’t like it, but it’s better than nothing. But still, do you know why can’t I install 2009?

  6. I am wondering if there is the need to update reviver to work for much older versions of MSN Messenger knowing there are versions meant for the much ancient operating systems like Windows 95/98/ME/2000.

  7. Hi,

    I see my contacts offline and even if i write something, they never receive it, what can i do ?

  8. Hi Jonathan, Thnks ! ive got everything working now but only winks are not working,only hear the sound but sadly no winks show up in screen .Is there a fix ????i hope so,ive got the latest version flashplayer but itdoesnt help at all 😦 Best Regards ,


  9. Windows Live Messenger 2009 is not working today , December 16th. Please fix it !

    Error code: 80048820 . My friends and i would really appreciate if you can fix the problems. Please. Cheers.

  10. First of all, sorry for my english, I’m from Spain.

    I have the same problem than Dave. In the last 3 or 4 days I have found slow problems sending and receiving messages and also my friends, about 5-10 seconds between sending and receiving. But the problem got worse now because Windows Live Messenger doesn’t connect (I have WLM 2009 14.0.8117.416), even though I have installed the last version of reviver (2.3.5). “Error code 80048820″… What can I do? Help please…

    Until now, all the latest versions of “reviver” had worked for me, but not the last one, I’m desperate 😦

    • Hola Jonas. I believe I’ve figured out the issue and a fix, see this new post.

      • Thank you very much Jonathan! The solution you have given have solved my problem.

        I would like to say anything in case it could be of any importance. Today, 2 or 3 hours ago, before I had read your reply/post (sorry for my english again…), I tried to connect to WLM again like yesterday, but the code error was different, it was “code error 81000306”. Should I be worried? Later, I came here, read your answer, and now the WLM is going well with your solution.

        Jonathan, also I would like to ask you something if it doesn’t bother you. Can I delete the content of the next folders?

        Users\YourUserName\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live Contacts
        C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc, the file “hosts.msn”

        If I delete it, could I lose any vital or important information (or contacts, emoticons, etc)? Which kind of information are in those folders and in the file “hosts.msn”?

        Thanks one more time and sorry for the inconvenience.

        • No problem! The Users\YourUserName\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Messenger folder is where your custom emoticons, winks, etc are located, so you’ll probably want to keep that one.

          Users\YourUserName\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live Contacts is the Messenger/Live Mail cache of your contacts. If it’s gotten too large, feel free to delete it as Messenger will re-generate it the next time it signs in. I do myself periodically.

          hosts.msn comes from an older version of Messenger and can be freely deleted.

  11. hi, december 16, 2014, messenger not working again. Do u fix it?

  12. Messenger login error 80072745. I was able to login yesterday …..

  13. Get an 81000306 error every time I try to sign in, any fix? Windows 7 btw

  14. Hi there.
    WLM was running as usual until several hours ago. I got an 81000306 error. After checking each instruction I could find on solving it, the error was still there. So I came here and found out about the other error. As I knew that the new Skype version would delete WLM, I installed it before using Reviver (I add this in case it might be of any importance). After using Reviver, I still get the 81000306 error. I tried the Messenger version which comes with XP and it failed to work.

    Indeed, it says that I am not connected to .NET, so I immediately checked the “Microsoft appears to be pushing the .NET Messenger Service to HTTP” article…

    Is there anything in particular I should try?

  15. Hi Jonathan, i cant get my winks to work proberly.I only hear the sound of it and only icon of wink in display.This is kind of a setback because everything else is working allright,ive got latest version of flash installed so thats not the problem,i hope you can help me out. Best Regards,


  16. I get an 8100035 error, what is this?

  17. everything was working fine then messenger randomly lost connection and ever since then ive been getting the error code 80072745 ive tried everything to no avail. not sure if this will help or not but im using messenger 2009 and my OS is windows vista.

  18. You’re the BEST! Thanks for doing this, you saved my life. Please, never stop.

  19. Hi, I’ve been getting an 81000306 error since yesterday. Up until then Messenger was working fine (I did have a problem with getting videos from contacts, they’d always crash when I attempted to play them, as well as getting an Adobe notification even though I have it already). Is there any fix for this error? I’ve tried re installing several times now, but still the same thing happens. Any help is appreciated.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: