Windows Live Messenger - discontinued

This version introduced features such as handwriting and nudges.

Application Details:

Version: 7.0
License: Free to use
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.3.17

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Test Results

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What works

Almost everything I tested. That would include convo window backgrounds (...almost...), different fonts, Display pictures, and most other basic functions.

What does not

Winks. At least, they won't without the special tweak mentioned to get flash going with it.

Backgrounds work the first time a convo window is opened when the program starts, but if the window is streched in any way, it turns black.

Display pictures work but still have to be small to be seen. They also change at random each time the user logs in.

The MSN Today Window (but really, who cares? It's annoying IMO).

The installer doesn't run properly the first time and doesn't extract and add a .dll (see my comment), but it can be retrieved off the internet if one searches hard enough. It also, in my case, neglected to add icons on the desktop, or any at all. I had to create one.

Minimizing the window and restoring it, then typing. The focus of typing gets drawn away from the convo window itself sometimes (but it seems to have improved since my last entry. Now it's become more of a 50/50 chance it will keep focus). In the event that you lose focus, click the font option in the convo window and click okay when the font selection window comes up, and focus will be restored.

The flashing alert that normally takes place in taskbar tabs for convo windows, but the sound alert works fine.


What was not tested

Running WINE on highspeed internet (I used OEM Conexant HSF modem drivers from Dell), but I can't see a reason why it wouldn't work on highspeed if WINE was able to switch over the connection to my dial-up connection.

Webcam and Mic functions

Talking to a person logged in on their mobile

The Windows Media Player plugin that displays what is playing (I have WMP 10 properly installed but it doesn't run stable enough to be useful).

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

I enabled some DLL overrides to maximize the program's performance. I downloaded msxml3.dll, gdiplus.dll, and riched20.dll and set the overrides to native (not native then bulletin, just native). It seems to help a little bit. It still don't work in XP mode yet.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 10.10 "Maverick" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 07 20111.3.17Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Mar 01 20091.1.16Yes Yes GarbageJaime Rave Torres 
ShowUbuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 09 20091.1.12Yes Yes SilverClaudio 
ShowUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 11 20081.1.6Yes Yes SilverJustin Soulia 
ShowUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 20 20081.1.0Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
201 Igowin: masking problem - image is not transparent CLOSED FIXED View
3534 Systray icons are not transparent... CLOSED FIXED View
5162 Multiple applications need ITextServices::TxDraw and ITextServices::TxGetNaturalSize implementation (Google Talk, WebLoad, XMPSetup, ICQ 6.x, Kugou Music, QQ, Wechat, PVSYST) CLOSED FIXED View
6054 MSN Messenger crashes due to missing BSTR length field CLOSED FIXED View
8300 Title bar shown in window style that does not have one CLOSED FIXED View
8555 No large display pictures in MSN Messenger 7.0 CLOSED FIXED View
8672 MSN Messenger 7.0: Can't Sign In CLOSED FIXED View
9354 MSN Messenger is Not Showing the images correctly CLOSED DUPLICATE View
10065 MSN Messenger Doesn't Show New Conversation Windows CLOSED FIXED View
10066 MSN Messenger: Emoticon and Winks menus are showed behind the window CLOSED FIXED View
10073 MSN Messenger 7.0 Crash while sign in CLOSED DUPLICATE View
11941 No text in many areas of MSN Messenger 7.0 CLOSED DUPLICATE View
12179 MSN Messenger 7.0 crashes while starting CLOSED FIXED View
12180 MSN Messenger 7.0 crash while configuring the Webcam CLOSED FIXED View
12223 MSN Messenger 7 - winks do not appear CLOSED ABANDONED View
12447 MSN Messenger 7.0 crash while loading the Contact list CLOSED FIXED View
12965 Weird border in MSN Messenger when hiding tittle bar CLOSED FIXED View
13196 Icons with inverted color or without transparent background CLOSED DUPLICATE View
15044 Random crash in MSN Messenger 7.0 CLOSED FIXED View
15064 MSN Messenger 7.0 hangs after configuring the webcam CLOSED FIXED View
15334 richedit: cursor doesn't change when over a scrollbar CLOSED FIXED View
15435 Wine logs too verbose, quieter fixme's needed CLOSED ABANDONED View
16147 Webcam doesn't work REOPENED View
16474 MSN Messenger 7.0: Tabs content not loading CLOSED ABANDONED View
16769 MSN Messenger 7.0 Don't redraw the chat window correctly CLOSED FIXED View
16770 MSN Messenger 7.0: Chat window get the focus incorrectly CLOSED FIXED View
16772 MSN Messenger 7.0: Scroll bar in chat window don't have a limit CLOSED ABANDONED View
16807 MSN Messenger 7.0 Audio Conference doesn't work. CLOSED ABANDONED View
16920 Automatic download of dotnetfx installer doesn't work anymore CLOSED FIXED View
17404 MSN Messenger 7.0 does not sign-in CLOSED FIXED View
20187 MSN Messenger 7.x crash while changing the tabs CLOSED ABANDONED View

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HowTo / Notes


- Set wine to Win2K

- Do sh winetricks riched20 msxml3 flash

Then just install and enjoy it.