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How can I use MSN Messenger just once without downloading the program?

Update 14-Aug-2004: MSN Has released the new MSN Web Messenger which allows you to send and receive instant messages using only a browser.

Remember that Windows Messenger can be used to message MSN Messenger users, and that comes with Windows XP.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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July 12, 2004 9:38 AM

the thing is . i can use msn , but my laptop can't download it because the laptop is for work.

July 12, 2004 9:43 AM

There is no workaround. MSN requires that the Instant Messenger client be downloaded and installed in order to use MSN Instant Messaging.

July 29, 2004 4:23 PM

yes you can use a form of messenger without downloading it to the computer that you are using.

December 14, 2004 1:51 PM

hey is great. the piglet thing won't work on my mac and e-messenger freezes up. thanks for all you help everyone!
vaya a este sitio web y el clic en la cosa en el derecho. tu hable ingles? -adios

June 8, 2005 9:57 PM

well......@ our skool they're ALL blocked so we can't get onto ANY!!!!!!!!!!!
do u hav any other ways???
everybody has tried, i SWEAR every site in the whole WORLD!!!!
well not really actually....but do you guyz hav any more sites???

June 8, 2005 10:00 PM

How about just focussing on your schoolwork and saving the instant messaging for home?

September 27, 2005 1:50 AM

heya try and
although school has blocked all of these here...

October 8, 2005 8:33 PM

hi my mom deleted msn of my computer and know i cant talk with my firends any sites?????

Walter Wego
October 8, 2005 8:46 PM

I suspect she wants you to spend more time on your school work perhaps? English, spelling and grammar seem like things worth spending more time on.

October 14, 2005 6:19 AM

i have soo tried everything and my school has blocked every site please figure out more im dyin!

Walter Wego
October 14, 2005 10:57 AM

Give it up! School's for schoolwork - spend your time on that instead. Sheesh.

November 9, 2005 9:42 PM

I'm with Walter - forget the IM'ing and focus on your school work.

November 22, 2005 6:38 AM

we can only use 3gigs a month on our internet.We are over that limit now. Could the use of MSN cause this..even if you are not downloading things, just chatting?

November 22, 2005 9:17 PM

Seems unlikely ... that's a lot of data. I'd check for viruses and spyware.

December 15, 2005 9:34 PM

its true that if you have a labtop you can't download the msn 7.0, i read a comment that you need windows XP, it works with WINDOWS XP HOME EDDITION?

December 15, 2005 10:18 PM

Should work on any of those.

January 24, 2006 9:50 AM

Hi All,

I have been watching this article for quite a while... I have used, webmessenger, emessenger, meebo...and all have them have been blocked after i have used them lol!

BUT is one i have been using for ages now, you need to type a username and password and click the register this user button, and it will bring up another screen when it is loaded click the preferences button, in which you need to find the gateways tab, and select MSN Transport, here you enter your email address and password for your hotmail and nickname if you wish! Then click ok, you will then get lots of boxes pop up with allow/block the friends in your list! Once you've done this all you will then have to do is type your u/name & p/word everytime you goto JWchat and it will sign you in to Messenger!

February 7, 2006 11:12 AM

My teachers deleted msn messenger off of every computer. i wanna know how i can get it back on the computer.someone please help me and my classmates

February 7, 2006 11:15 AM

I'm guessing your teacher did it for a reason. Perhaps you should spend more time studying and less time chatting?

February 14, 2006 5:05 AM

lol go walt

Alexiel Muņiz
March 7, 2006 11:48 AM

Leo: At my job they locked the way to use instant messenger, even if it is a good option to make my work. I used to get connected by the site but now that is imposible, so I want to know if there are some other sites that I can use without downloading?

Leo A. Notenboom
March 7, 2006 1:15 PM

Closing comments on this article. Please see this new article:

July 10, 2009 11:03 AM

i am really anoyed when i come to my dads house he dosnt have msn and he wont let me download it but i really wanna go on to talk to my boyfriend and friends at the weekend do u you know a website where i can get msn without downloading and use for free??

Please help me Leo!

December 9, 2009 3:33 AM

hey is downloading Windows live messenger (msn)
take up alot of spacee and really expensive and all?? how many GB ?!or MB

January 30, 2010 8:58 PM

just go to you do not have to download anything and you can pretty much use any messenger you want on there and you can even video chat

March 22, 2010 1:42 PM

well i tried the two links i found in here to use a messanger without donwloading one, but the firewall didnt allow me to open them. do you have any other link i cant use without to many cookies , trojans or anything like that , i want to do it at work, the most of the times i m not doing anything and i get bored, but i dont want to get in troubles that is the basic reason, thank you

July 12, 2010 12:00 PM

go to it is messenger but on the internet

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