Windows Live Messenger - discontinued

This is a new version featuring Multiple computer connexion on the same account at the same time
and some new functions

Application Details:

Version: 9.0 (Windows Live Messenger)
License: Retail
Votes: 42
Latest Rating: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.3.33

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Test Results

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What works

online (wlsetup-web.exe) and offline (wlsetup-all.exe) installation.

What does not

the aplication won't load


What was not tested

the aplication itself (windows live messenger), as it does not load

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

install with winetricks ie7 and msxml3 in a clean wine prefix on windows xp mode, but at load windows live messenger appear a error (unimplemented function msvcr80.dll._mbslwr_s),install vcrun2005 don't fix this error. in this version of wine, show the tray icon but don't work.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 11.10 "Oneiric" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 26 20111.3.33No, but has workaround No NoGarbagean anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 10.10 "Maverick" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 04 20111.3.17Yes No NoGarbagean anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 10.10 "Maverick" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Mar 31 20111.3.16Yes No NoGarbagean anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 10.10 "Maverick" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Mar 15 20111.3.15Yes No NoGarbagean anonymous user 
CurrentUbuntu 10.10 "Maverick" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 07 20111.3.13Yes No NoGarbagean anonymous user 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

To install Windows Live Messenger you need to use Winetricks to install ie6 and msxml3.


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success story
by Dan Kegel on Saturday August 22nd 2009, 17:37
" you can easily run windows live messenger 2008 and 2009 in linux! all you need is wine and winetricks. It’s really easy to do. Everyone told me I couldn’t install WL msn in linux, BUT I CAN AND ANYONE CAN DO IT! So let’’s start.

First of all, wine. In case you don’t have it installed, you can do it with synaptic, add/remove apps, or: sudo apt-get install wine.

That will let you run many other windows’ apps. But not WL msn. Now let’s install winetricks. All you gotta do is right click here and press: “save destiny as”. Save it to your home folder.

Once downloaded, you can run the program by:

sh winetricks

Install all you want and can, but what we need for now is:

vcrun2005 sp1
That’s it.

You will need to get the installer from a Windows XP machine or download it from the Internet, dont try to install the online installer wlsetup-custom.exe this installer won’t currently work with Wine. What you need is the “Install_{508CE775-4BA4-4748-82DF-FE28DA9F03B0}.msi” from: Program files/Common Files/WindowsLiveInstaller/MsiSources and “Install_{508CE775-4BA4-4748-82DF-FE28DA9F03B0}.msi” should be there if you have Messenger 2008 or 2009 installed on the XP machine. You can also do what I did and google for the offline installer and download it from a host. Just be aware that the installer for 2008 and 2009 are named the same,version 8.5 is version 2008 btw.

OK, once you have the installer install it like this:

$ msiexec /i Install_{508CE775-4BA4-4748-82DF-FE28DA9F03B0}.msi

the install will run in your terminal, once the install has completed run winecfg and select “Add application” then go to “.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Windows Live/Messenger” and select “msnmsgr.exe” then set the windows version for “msnmsgr.exe” to win2000 then click OK.

Now run $ wineboot and if you followed all the tutorial Mesenger should start up and then all you need to do is sign in.

This howto is good for versions 2008 and 2009, all the steps are the exact same and both versions work about the same. Enjoy!"
RE: success story
by Amal Kansagra on Monday September 14th 2009, 10:50
using wine 1.0.1
i can confirm this works with wlm2008 but not with wlm2009
RE: success story
by John Fante on Saturday October 10th 2009, 10:18
I can also confirm that this works :-)
RE: success story
by unimatrix on Saturday October 10th 2009, 11:10
2009 or 2008?
RE: success story
by John Fante on Sunday October 11th 2009, 4:48
It is version 2008 (build 8.5.1302.1018). I googled the .msi that is mentioned in the guide and that was what i found.

I am running Ubuntu 9.04 64.
RE: success story
by unimatrix on Wednesday December 30th 2009, 16:21
You've posted this under the wrong article version.

You should have posted it here:
RE: success story
by GeovaniCg on Thursday February 25th 2010, 16:55