Windows Live Messenger - discontinued

The last version available for Windows 95 and NT 4.0.

Application Details:

Version: 5.0
License: Free to use
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 0.9.21.

Maintainers: About Maintainership

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Test Results

Old test results
The test results for this version are very old, and as such they may not represent the current state of Wine. Please consider submitting a new test report.
Selected Test Results

What works

Basic IM, 2-way mobile messaging.

Note: sometimes you need to click the conversation window on the taskbar twice since the window loses focus.

What does not

VoIP, though Microsoft may have discontinued it.

File transfer fails.

This is an old version. Useless.


What was not tested

Audio conversation: I have a microphone, but my other contacts do not. Maybe that's why it doesn't work.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

You might as well use Gaim/Kopete/Web Messenger. More features.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentUbuntu 6.06 "Dapper" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 18 20060.9.21.Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 
ShowGentoo LinuxMay 25 20060.9.13.Yes Yes BronzeAlexander Nicolaysen Sørnes 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
5289 Unsorted messages after scrolling MSN 5 chat window CLOSED ABANDONED View
16027 MSN 5 crashes on startup CLOSED FIXED View

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HowTo / Notes

  • Be sure to use the version for Windows NT 4.0 and 2000; not the one for Windows 95
  • Use winecfg to change the Windows version for 'msnmsgr' to 'Windows NT 4.0', otherwise Messenger will refuse to log you in, telling you it needs to be updated
  • Place riched20.dll in Wine's windows/system32 folder, and use winecfg to add a DLL override so 'msnmsgr' uses native 'riched20'
  • Go to 'Tools' -> 'Options...' -> 'General' and uncheck 'Display MSN Today when Messenger signs in'