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Windows Live Messenger - discontinued

Windows Live Messenger 8.5 is an updated build as part of the Wave 2 series. New features include a new UI, improved Vista support, and more integration with Live Folders and Sharing Folders, as well as a new installer and the usual assortment of bugfixes.

Application Details:

Version: 8.5 (Windows Live Messenger)
License: Free to use
URL: http://messenger.msn.com
Votes: 12
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 3.8-staging

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Free Download Download Link (Standalone installer)

Test Results

Selected Test Results

What works

- Logging in

- Adding contacts

- Chatting (sending photos, emotes, nudges)

What does not

- By default, the login boxes don't work.

- Sometimes, the application crashes when you try to pick someone on your contacts list. Ignore the crash message, but don't close it.

- Voice calls and recordings

- Winks don't display the animation

- Handwriting

Workarounds

To get login form boxes to work:

winetricks corefonts gdiplus msls31 msxml3 riched20 riched30 tahoma flash


What was not tested

- Video and voice chat (don't work)

- Recieving voice messages

Hardware tested

Graphics:

  • GPU: Intel
  • Driver: unknown

Additional Comments

Using the Escargot pre-patched MSI installer from https://escargot.log1p.xyz/.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
Workaround?
RatingSubmitter
CurrentFedora 27 x86_64May 31 20183.8-stagingYes Yes YesBronzeknuxfanwin8 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 6.x "Squeeze"May 18 20121.4Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 9.10 "Karmic" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 13 20101.2-rc7Yes Yes Garbagean anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 9.10 "Karmic" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 30 20101.2-rc2Yes Yes Garbagean anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 29 20101.1.42Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
18889 Multiple isolation-aware applications fail to load (MSN Messenger Live 2009, Lync 2010, Adobe Premiere Pro CS3)(embedded PE manifest search should support ISOLATIONAWARE_MANIFEST_RESOURCE_ID) NEW View
29902 Windows Live Messenger 8.5 does login, error 81000378 NEW View
29942 Windows Live Messenger 8.5, lock in chat windows NEW View

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HowTo / Notes

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

How to install:

The combined Windows Live Installer does not work. Therefore, to install the software, do the following:

  1. Download the Raw MSI file from here
  2. msiexec /i wlm85.msi (it won't show any window)
  3. After installing, using winetricks you have to install: flash, msxlm3, gdiplus, riched20
  4. Set Windows version to win2k
  5. Start Messenger

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