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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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27 Comments
tony
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.

Leo
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.

ali
July 29, 2004 4:23 PM

yes you can use a form of messenger without downloading it to the computer that you are using. http://www.e-messenger.net/

vermontboarder
December 14, 2004 1:51 PM

hey www.msn2go.com is great. the piglet thing won't work on my mac and e-messenger freezes up. thanks for all you help everyone!
erika-
vaya a este sitio web y el clic en la cosa en el derecho. tu hable ingles? -adios

Jenn
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???

Leo
June 8, 2005 10:00 PM

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

beca
September 27, 2005 1:50 AM

heya try www.MSNger.com and www.iloveim.com www.webmessenger.msn.com www.e-messenger.net
although school has blocked all of these here...

samantha
October 8, 2005 8:33 PM

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

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.

kindra
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.

Leo
November 9, 2005 9:42 PM

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

kim
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?

Leo
November 22, 2005 9:17 PM

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

anonimo
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?

Leo
December 15, 2005 10:18 PM

Should work on any of those.

Turazoor
January 24, 2006 9:50 AM

Hi All,

I have been watching this article for quite a while... I have used www.msn2go.com, webmessenger, emessenger, meebo...and all have them have been blocked after i have used them lol!

BUT www.jwchat.org 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!

Danizzle
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

Walt
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?

mandieee
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 www.iloveim.com 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:

http://ask-leo.com/how_do_i_bypass_my_school_or_employers_block_on_instant_messaging.html

Megannnnnnnn
July 10, 2009 11:03 AM

Hi,
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!

Jamiee
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

ashley
January 30, 2010 8:58 PM

just go to www.meebo.com 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

nancy
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

ryan
July 12, 2010 12:00 PM

go to http://www.messengerfx.com/ it is messenger but on the internet

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