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Questions and answers relating to various IM programs and services.
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MSN Messenger allows you to save your conversations. But what if you don't have that turned on? Is there a way to recover the conversation anyway? No.
Well, let's clear one thing up right away: cell phone text messaging, or "SMS" text messaging, is not the same as instant messaging on your computer. They're two very different systems.
The email address use for your instant messenger account doesn't have to be the email address that belongs to the same service.
There are a couple of programs that allow you to use more than one instant messaging service using only one client.
Instant messaging programs connect two machines, but typically not directly, and even then normal precautions prevent additional technical risk.
There are lots of instant messaging services. It'd be wonderful if we could talk to anyone on any service from any other service. Sadly, that's not to be.
Chat and IM programs allow communication to people all over the internet. They often also include file transfer ability, and that can pose a risk.
Instant messaging programs often do not actually connect directly to the other person. Even when they do the IP address doesn't tell you much.
It's easy to keep Windows Instant Messenger from signing in automatically.
The location of the uninstaller has changed for Windows Live Messenger. I'll walk you through the steps to find it and uninstall messenger.
MSN Messenger doesn't allow you to log into multiple accounts, but there are ways to get around this.
The term "Windows Messenger" can actually mean several different programs, each of which is uninstalled differently.
If the only time you're able to get sound on your PC is when you're on Yahoo chat, a spyware check and volume control check may be in order.
Two machines configured the same way should both be able to use Windows Messenger 4.7. If one cannot, I'd start comparing configuration settings.
Messenger, Messenger or Messenger? Three different programs all with similar names. We'll sort out which messenger is which.
Windows Live Messenger, Windows Messenger, MSN Messenger and Windows Messenger Service are four names for three applications that do two different things, only one of which you really want. Confusing? Yes. But easy to clear up.
While Windows Messenger is really only available for Windows XP, there are other messaging clients by Microsoft that will support Windows 98.
IM users often deal with IM spam similar to email. At least one solution that's cumbersome in email works well in IM, and should be your default.
Since your instant message archives are stored only on your machine, there's no way within the instant message program to access them remotely.
Device drivers may be to blame if your PC restarts after 10 minutes of voice chat, and there may be other things to investigate as well.
Unexpected sounds coming from your computer can be startling and disturbing. In many cases, however, there's a simple explanation.