Windows Live Messenger - discontinued

8.1 (Live Messenger)

Application Details:

Version: 8.1 (Windows Live Messenger)
License: Free to use
Votes: 3
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.1.18

Maintainers: About Maintainership

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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

Install, Run, Logging in, Menu's and most of the buttons have text on them.

What does not

Fetching my contact list (shouldn't be empty, i have friends! ;)


What was not tested

Webcam, audio, chatting

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

Windows 2000 mode

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentUbuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 04 20091.1.18Yes Yes BronzeJake9999 
ShowUbuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Mar 01 20091.1.16Yes Yes BronzeJaime Rave Torres 
ShowUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 28 20091.1.13Yes No Garbagean anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 11 20081.0-rc4Yes No Garbagean anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 29 20081.0-rc2No Not installable Garbagematt 

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
8498 builtin msxml3 fails to validate MSN Messenger's xml CLOSED FIXED View
8555 No large display pictures in MSN Messenger 7.0 CLOSED FIXED View
9860 MSN 8.1 doesn't start, gdiplus:GdipImageGetFrameDimensionsList not implemented CLOSED FIXED View
10059 Windows Live Messenger 8.x login boxes unusable CLOSED DUPLICATE View
12203 Windows Live Messenger 8.1.0178 fails to install CLOSED FIXED View
12718 Typing the username in MSN Messenger 7.5 is really slow 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
13777 Windows Live Messenger 8.x: can't write in login and password fields CLOSED DUPLICATE View
14252 Windows Live Messenger 8.1 just show a blue box. GdipImageGetFrameCount, GdipImageGetFrameDimensionsList and GdipImageSelectActiveFrame unimplemented CLOSED FIXED View
15334 richedit: cursor doesn't change when over a scrollbar CLOSED FIXED View
16147 Webcam doesn't work REOPENED View
16769 MSN Messenger 7.0 Don't redraw the chat window correctly CLOSED FIXED View
18409 Missing text in the license area text while intaling Windows Live messenger 8.1 CLOSED FIXED View
21186 Windows Live Messenger: No text in the chat window from version 8 and up CLOSED ABANDONED View

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HowTo / Notes

I got as far as the login screen doing the following
  • Install MSN (important)
  • Download Winetricks
  • Now using winetricks install riched20, msxml3 and gdiplus
    sh winetricks riched20 gdiplus msxml3 flash
  • Set Windows version to Windows 2000
  • Now you can start MSN Messenger