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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

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

- 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) STAGED 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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