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post Jan 26 2011, 11:59 PM
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What is the latest versions of Windows Live Messenger?

What are the system requirements?
Operating system: 32- or 64-bit version of Windows 7, or Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 and the Platform Update for Windows Vista, or Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 2 and the Platform Update for Windows Server 2008.
Processor: 1.6 GHz or higher
Memory: 1 GB of RAM or higher
Resolution: 1024 576 minimum

Where can I download Windows Live Messenger?
Download it here
NOTE: It will by default download and install other programs in addition to Windows Live Messenger. If you wish to download Windows Live Messenger only select the bottom option to choose which programs to install.

How do I uninstall Windows Live Messenger?
Control Panel\Programs and Features
It is listed as "Windows Live Essentials"


Is Mess Patch available?

Is Messenger Plus Live available?
Yes (Website).

Is A-Patch available?
Yes (Website).


Where are emoticons/display pictures etc stored?
C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Messenger\EMAIL ADDRESS\ObjectStore

Why does it show my full name?
Custom names are no longer in use. You now use the same name for Hotmail and Messenger.
To change your name click on your name in the messenger contact window and then select "Edit your name". This will take you to your profile page in which you can change your name.

How do I assign nicknames to my contacts?
Right click the contact you wish to amend the name and then click "Add a nickname".

Can I assign different sounds for each contact?
Yes. Right click the contact and then click "Choose sounds".


How do I block a contact?
It is now referred to as "appearing offline" to a contact. Right click the contact you wish to block and then click "Appear offline to this contact".


How do I use an older version of Windows Live Messenger?
This question doesn't really fit here but is asked numerous times.

To make version 6.2 or older work:
Open the old version in Hex Editor. Change the version number to the latest version and change the line which says "MSNP9" to "MSNP8".

To make WLM work:
Using Resource Hacker change the version number to the latest version.

It has also been suggested that you can set the compatibility mode to a lower version of Windows.

This should still work on a modified/patched messenger but do not use the compatibility mode method.

Please refer to this topic

If there are any additional questions you feel should be added let me know.
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