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To update your version of MSN or Windows Messenger, all you need to do is download and install the new version.

How do I update my version of Windows Messenger?

All you need do is download and install the new version.

Click for: the latest version of Windows Messenger, or the latest version of MSN Messenger.

Article C2071 - June 19, 2004 « »

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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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October 12, 2005 11:57 AM


October 12, 2005 12:06 PM

The links are in the article you just commented on.

December 7, 2005 5:02 AM

would you please explain how i can update my hotmail please

December 15, 2005 9:06 PM

Hotmail isn't something you update. Just visit and you're using the latest version.

January 12, 2006 2:29 AM

how do i upgrade my msn messenger 6.2 as quickly a possible?

January 12, 2006 9:57 AM

Just download and install using the links in the article you just commented on.

February 23, 2006 1:28 AM

I have version 7.5, and it wont let me use the handwriting option when chatting ... it says i need to install or update... but there are no more updates, so what am i spose to do??

February 23, 2006 9:55 AM

I also forgot to say that it wont let me download any msn updates or anything....

May 31, 2006 8:38 AM

Heey, Leo. I want to know, i've got MSN Live Messenger 8.0 BETA, before I used to use: MSN 7.5, but the handwriting don't work, still don't work, and will not work.
It says:
To use the handwrite feature, you may need to install or update software. For details on enabling or hiding the Handwrite feature, click help. Help is what I need! It dont work...

May 31, 2006 8:39 AM

i guess it don't need to be updated, but whats wrong than? (sorry for double posting)

Leo A. Notenboom
May 31, 2006 9:11 AM

Beta software is just that - beta. Not ready. Not finished. Has bugs. And so on. :-)

With all the questions I get here, I can't support Beta software. There should be support forums or something for the Beta, so I'd suggest you ask there.

June 18, 2006 6:56 AM

hi, i wanted to know how i could download the handwritting feature, and i was wondering if you could give me information in doing so..
thank you

James Laker (BurNinG)
July 10, 2006 8:13 AM

For the Handwriting tool to work yo uneed the following installed:

* Microsoft Windows XP or Windows 2000 (with Service Pack 3 or later). If you are not sure your operating system is up-to-date, go to the Microsoft Windows Update website.

* Microsoft Windows Journal Viewer 1.5.

* Security Update for Windows Journal Viewer.

brandon stinger
September 17, 2006 1:38 PM

i have windows messenger 5.1 and i need to update it to 8.0 how do i do that.

Leo Notenboom
September 17, 2006 3:00 PM

Download and install it.

February 4, 2007 11:21 AM

is it possible to have two versions of msn on one computer which allow use of webcam on both?

February 8, 2007 8:09 PM

I would like to find out what kind of windows messenger I boyfriend and I have web cams and everytime we click to share our cams, the window says we cannot because we do not have the same version of windows messenger. so he is installing a new version of windows messenger and I need to make sure that it is the same version that I have.

thank you for your consideration,

May 16, 2007 10:02 PM

hi! i have the msn messenger 7.5 and i was uploading the latest version, the 8.0 but i cancelled half way through, but now i cant get into my old one even though the icon is still there! i dont want to lose all my contacts otherwise id upload 7.5 again... please help me!

June 24, 2007 10:30 PM

i cant get the handwriting feature to work and it wont let me use the help butten how can i fix this

January 15, 2008 5:17 PM

I have the newest version on windows live messenger. It wont let me do the hand writing thing. Why?

October 15, 2008 3:04 PM

I have a Sony 2001 laptop and have Windows XP Home Edition. The windows messenger that is already on it says its not compatible with this version. I have tryed installing windows live and it says it wont work with this computer. I have tryed msn messenger and it says that the file c:\Program Files\Messenger\Install_MSN_Messenger.exe wasn't found within my System 32 folder. How can I make msn work on it or what version should i try?

December 9, 2008 5:57 AM

If I download the new version of messenger 8,will I lose all my contacts? will I have to start all over again? or will it just give me the new features and keep my contacts? Thank you

mark hadaway
January 21, 2009 12:25 AM

hello can you help ,i dont want to install the new version of messenger but when i check dont install, the messenger beta i have dosnt log in ,when i tryto insatall the new one it installs then it rolls back and uninstalls can you help thanks mark

February 19, 2009 5:11 PM

Same problem as Amber cant use my web cam , and I uninstalled msn Or windows instant mess too . I still cannot download the new version !!!!!!! HELP I want to use my web camera!!!!!

Janet Salmon
April 7, 2009 1:22 AM

I am trying to install the 8.1 msn and my computer wont let me do it, A notice comes on saying that my security levels wont allow me to use activex to download, How can I change this?

Ronald Tinkler
April 20, 2009 12:31 PM

Not sure of what version. I :think I have bversion 2009.

November 11, 2009 8:23 AM

if you want to keeping and using your msn old version don't want to forcing update pls go to here

January 2, 2011 7:04 AM

hi ive installed a new version of windows live messenger but it still stays on the older version ? can u help me please ?

Gertrude Spilker
January 23, 2011 6:17 AM

unable to update new version of windows messenger. now i cant even get back into the older version...

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