Microsoft has been warning all Live Messenger users that they are shutting down the Windows Live Messenger service on April the 8th. While it has been the case, Microsoft did not force user to switch over to Skype until April 23rd. If you start Windows Live Messenger right now you will likely see this message:
“A new version has been downloaded and is available. You must install this newer version in order to continue. Would you like to do this now?”
Microsoft gives user no choice but to download this “new version”, which is just Skype. The move by Microsoft is understandable, consider they have spend vast amount of money in purchasing Skype back in May of 2011. But it might just not be the preferable move to some of the Live Messengers.
Fortunately there is a way to block Windows Live Messenger from forcing you to upgrade prompt, thanks to Jonathan Kay. You can download this utility called Messenger Reviver 2, which main feature is to block and bypass the force to upgrade prompt to Skype.
How To Setup Messenger Reviver 2
Messenger Reviver 2 supports Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 with .NET Framework 2.0 or higher (included with Windows Vista or newer), .NET 3.5 or 4.0 recommended.
Targeted Windows Live Messenger version including Windows Live Messenger 2012, Windows Live Messenger 2009, and Windows Live Messenger 2008.
Install the app, and you will see all the detected version of Messenger. (if you did not install Windows Live Messenger via Live Essential).
If you have already go ahead download Skype to replace Windows Live Messenger, this will automatically detect and start repair Windows Live Messenger and restart after it’s done.
Hit begin to start the process of reactivate Windows Live Messenger.
There are also advanced method you can use to manually repair or re-install Windows Live Messenger. It is also important to note that although this does the trick to bring back Windows Live Messenger, Microsoft will eventually shutdown the entire services from their backend. When that happens, ,there is nothing you can do but to use an alternative like Skype.
Huge applause to Jonathan Key to share this tool for many long time much beloved Windows Live Messenger users. For now, until Microsoft fully shutdown Windows Live Messenger, you can still use it and avoid switching to Skype.
Co-founder of Next of Windows and a cool geek 🙂
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Last updated: 08/04/2014