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Windows Live Messenger (MSN Messenger)

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
Rating: Bronze
Wine Version: 1.4

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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

  • Login
  • menus etc
  • webcam settings

What does not

  • Login needs winetricks to work
  • Graphics are buggy but still usable
  • I can send messages, but I can't see them. Text is missing (emoticons do work)
  • When trying to send an offline message, program freezes and needs to be killed.
  • New style borderless windows are not handled well as it crashes my window manager (WindowMaker) constantly if "Show the menu bar" option isn't enabled
  • Audio
  • "Audio and video setup"
  • Sending my webcam causes WLM to crash

What was not tested

Games

Additional Comments

Login only works in Windows 2000 mode (in WinXP mode it tells you to upgrade WLM). You also need to
install following packages with winetricks:

# winetricks corefonts gdiplus msls31 msxml3 riched20 riched30 tahoma flash gecko
selected in Test Results table below
DistributionTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?RatingSubmitter
CurrentDebian GNU/Linux 6.x "Squeeze"May 18 20121.4 Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 9.10 "Karmic" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 13 20101.2-rc7 Yes Yes Garbagean anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 9.10 "Karmic" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 30 20101.2-rc2 Yes Yes Garbagean anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 29 20101.1.42 Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 9.10 "Karmic" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 30 20091.1.35 No, but has workaround Yes BronzeJaime Rave 

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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