How To Get MSN Old Version Not Force Upgraded ?

Recently Microsoft forcing every MSN or Window Live Messenger users (below 9.0 version) upgrade to Window Live Messenger 2009 latest version, this will cause old version MSN users facing sign in problems. If you still prefer use back your old MSN version, you can try below method.

 MSN Old Version Not Force Upgraded

I wrote a post early this year regarding how to use back old MSN version without upgrade to WLM 2009 but seem can’t work for MSN 8.1 version. Now i share with you two tips or method continue using old MSN version.

Method 1

Resource Hacker is a freeware utility to view, modify, add, delete and extract resources in 32bit Windows executable. We can use Resource Hacker edit MSN file identification number into 9.0 version or above.

Download Resource Hacker (supports Window all) and unzipped.

1.Before running Resource Hacker,make sure close all MSN or WLM.

2.Running ‘ResHacker.exe’ file after unzipped. Select ‘File’ > ‘Open’,locate ‘msnmsgr.exe’ and open it (normally in path C:\program files\Window Live\Messenger\msnmsgr.exe).

3.Select ‘Version Info’ > ‘1’ > ‘1033’.

Modify MSN messenger by Resource Hacker


4.In the right window find ‘ VALUE “ProductVersion”, “8.1.0178” ‘. Change the figure 8.X.XXXX to 9.5.XXXX, then click ‘Compile script’ icon.

Change MSN messenger version

5.Click ‘X’ close ‘ResHacker.exe’ window, a pop up window appears asking if we would just save the changes, please click ‘yes’.

6.’Save File As…’ window appear, find the ‘msnmsgr.exe; location again and click ‘Save’ to replace it.

7.Now you can sign in your old MSN version without any problem.

MSN old version


If you already upgraded to WLM 9.0 version and need to use back old MSN version, please remove WLM new version completely by messenger deep clean, then reinstall old MSN software from and execute the steps above.

Method 2

According to announcement in Window Live Messenger blog,Window 98/ME/2000 users will not face a mandatory upgrade if they are using MSN or WLM 8.1 version, so we can this changing the MSN compatibility mode continue running in our PC without facing upgrade problem.

Right click ‘msnmsgr.exe’ and select ‘properties’, enable compatibility mode by putting a check in ‘Run this program in compatibility for’,then select ‘Window 2000’ and click ‘Apply’ and ‘OK’. now you can use MSN old version.

Change Windows compatible mode


Hope can help all of you.

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