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
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


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


  • GPU: Intel
  • Driver: unknown

Additional Comments

Using the Escargot pre-patched MSI installer from

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
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
201 Igowin: masking problem - image is not transparent CLOSED FIXED View
4781 MSN Silently cannot connect to network CLOSED ABANDONED View
5971 MSN Messenger 7.5 has no username, password area CLOSED ABANDONED 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
10059 Windows Live Messenger 8.x login boxes unusable CLOSED DUPLICATE 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
14252 Windows Live Messenger 8.1 just show a blue box. GdipImageGetFrameCount, GdipImageGetFrameDimensionsList and GdipImageSelectActiveFrame unimplemented CLOSED FIXED View
14472 msn messenger 8.5 final cannot connect CLOSED DUPLICATE View
14473 msn 8.5 final does not show the initial screen CLOSED FIXED View
16769 MSN Messenger 7.0 Don't redraw the chat window correctly CLOSED FIXED View
18668 WLM 8.5 is very slow CLOSED ABANDONED View
18669 Display picture in WLM 8.5 is blank CLOSED DUPLICATE View
18889 Multiple isolation-aware applications fail to load (MSN Messenger Live 2009, Lync 2010, Adobe Premiere Pro CS3, Quicken 201X)(embedded PE manifest search should support ISOLATIONAWARE_MANIFEST_RESOURCE_ID) RESOLVED FIXED View
18936 Windows Live Messanger 8.5 crashes when receiving new message CLOSED FIXED View
19004 Windows Live Messenger 8.5 and 2009 installer fail to start CLOSED ABANDONED View
21186 Windows Live Messenger: No text in the chat window from version 8 and up CLOSED ABANDONED View
22437 Internet Download Manager (IDM) 5.18 can't connect to Internet CLOSED ABANDONED View
24280 WLM 8.5 crash at login CLOSED ABANDONED View
29902 Windows Live Messenger 8.5 does login, error 81000378 CLOSED ABANDONED View
29942 Windows Live Messenger 8.5, lock in chat windows CLOSED ABANDONED View

Show open bugs

HowTo / Notes

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

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