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While Windows Messenger is really only available for Windows XP, there are other messaging clients by Microsoft that will support Windows 98.

Where can I download Windows Messenger for Windows 98?

Windows Messenger is really only available for Windows XP or later, though there are versions that will run on Windows 2000. In looking into it, the Windows Messenger site itself even points elsewhere for a Windows 98 solution.

As I've discussed before, Microsoft puts out more than one instant messaging client. Windows Messenger comes with Windows XP and is available for download as well. There are versions that can be downloaded that work with a couple of additional IM protocols (mostly Microsoft's own Exchange Instant Messaging), and those happen to run on Windows 2000 as well.

But when it comes to Windows 98, Windows Messenger politely steps out of the way.

This page about Instant Messaging (IM) Clients for Exchange 2000 Instant Messaging Service includes a table that details much more, including which version of which client you want for what type of application. And on what operating system.

The bottom line?

If you want to chat with folks on MSN, use MSN Instant Messenger It claims to support Windows 98.

If that doesn't work for you, perhaps a third-party IM client will. Trillian is one client that should work with MSN instant messenger, and also claims to support Windows 98. My only hesitation with 3rd party applications is that they are not officially supported by the .NET messaging service, and if the service changes, they can stop working without notice until they're updated to match the changes.

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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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28 Comments
Cesar Espino Guerra
September 2, 2004 3:26 PM

I need to know where exactly I can Download windows msn for windows 98, please it's very Importat for me.

Thanks

Leo
September 2, 2004 8:14 PM

MSN? How about http://www.msn.com - unless you mean something else?

natalie
September 19, 2004 2:24 AM

dear sir

how can i download windows messenger for windows 98 so i can use it to communicate with australia and use my web cam in conjunction with it?

Leo
September 19, 2004 8:56 AM

Please read the article you just commented on.

karl
October 20, 2004 9:35 PM

hi i really want windows messenger for my windows 98.i reed the whole article but it didint tell me how to download it safely plz tell me

Leo
October 20, 2004 10:03 PM

Download it here: http://ask-leo.com/d-30916a

munu
October 23, 2004 5:34 AM

this site doesnt tell me how to download windows messenger its tells me y i cnt download windows messennger on wiindows 98. i think that really suks

Leo
October 27, 2004 7:44 AM

MSN 5 for Windows 95/98 is still on the Microsoft site.

http://download.microsoft.com/download/0/c/d/0cdf8b68-5b81-4292-986a-7bdce2776667/Setup95.exe

Timothy
May 30, 2005 4:35 AM

Hi, as far as I know (which is ALOT)
Windows Messenger DOES NOT work on Windows 95/98.

But if someone SMART read this who knows how to RegiEdit (hack) they might be able to hook you up with some sort of crack that allows MSN 5.0 to still work (if you didnt know MSN 5.0 DOES NOT WORK, it says you need to install the updated version of MSN which is MSN 7.0)
-----------------
Well if someone smart did read this, and wants to help me (PLEASE DO!!!) here is the things that need changing so MSN 5.0 will sign in without updating.

1: you need to make MSN 5.0 think it's MSN 7.0
--to do that I think you would use RegiEdit--

IF ANYONE HAS SOME SORT OF HACK/CRACK OR ANYTHING MADE SO MSN 5.0 SIGNS IN WITHOUT WANTING TO UPDATE AND WORKS PLEASE PLEASE EMAIL ME AT altmann_ta(at)hotmail.com - replace (at) with @, that is to stop spybots

Timothy
June 13, 2005 3:38 AM

NEW INFO, MSN 5.0 ONLY WORKS ON WINDOWS 95, NOT 98, NOT 2000 NOT XP, BUT ONLY 98.

linda
July 8, 2005 8:54 PM

hey,i actually dun need to download windows messenger but my msn messenger iz spoiled n windows messenger onli works in XP not 98!!!so im very confuse my friends are asking me y i didn`t cum online these few deas...PLZ HELP ME!!!:(

Timothy
July 9, 2005 8:58 AM

To Linda.

If you need to download MSN Messenger, go to www.msn.com and click on the Messenger Tab.

If you need to fix MSN Messenger do the following:
--UNDER WINDOWS 98--
click the start menu.
click Control Panel
Click Add/Remove Programs icon
Click MSN Messenger
it will then bring up a window saying do you .1 want to fix MSN Messenger or 2 remove MSN Messenger. Click on Fix MSN Messenger and then click next, it will then fix it for you.

--UNDER WINDOWS XP--
do the same untill you get to Add/Remove programs, and then click Chanege/Remove button.

if you have anymore problems or questions, email me at altmann_ta@hotmail.com

Remember you can email people without being on MSN, just go www.hotmail.com and then you know how to send emails.

I hope I helped you in someway, cya.

sarah
July 13, 2005 2:58 PM

my computer , which is Windows ME(millenium) will not let me download the newest version of msn messenger(7.0) and it wont let me sign on the old version. It keeps telling me I need a newer version of internet explorer? i do not understand, plzzzz help , its making me so fusterattteddd

Timothy
July 26, 2005 3:54 AM

Hey Sarah.

It does not matter that your computer has Windows ME on it, you just need to download the latest version of Internet Explorer.
To download the latest version of Internet Explor for Windows ME go to 'http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=1e1550cb-5e5d-48f5-b02b-20b602228de6&displaylang=en'

Once you downloaded and installed that, reset your computer and try to reinstall MSN again.

I hope I have helped you out, please go to my site and have a poke around.
-Timothy-

My site is www.freewebs.com/altmann_ta

gwion
August 8, 2005 10:50 AM

hey, how do I get msn 5.0 to work on my windows 98 without telling me to update my msn?! please help

karyn
September 3, 2005 9:23 PM

Try this site and keep it handy - it also has older versions of lots of other software.

http://www.oldversion.com/program.php?n=msnm

anonymous
September 10, 2005 1:26 PM

i would like to download msn messenger for windows 98 but i've tried everything and each time it says to download newer version or upgrade to internet explorer 6 and when i do that it says its missing installtion files so what do i do? and how do i get a msn messenger?

Leo
September 11, 2005 9:21 PM

Check out the article you just commented on. Several possible approaches are discussed.

Daniel
October 12, 2005 12:35 PM

Hi Leo,

I have a small problem regarding MSN Messenger 6.2 It always tells me that I have to upgrade to 7.0 before I use the MSN and I can't do that since my PC doesn't support it. Can you tell me how can I avoid that message to appear again?

The second thing is that my friends are telling me to use Windows Messenger (not MSN Messenger) but I don't know from where should I enter to get used of that application. Can you help me in this too? Thanks.

scotty
January 8, 2006 7:53 PM

hi i have windows 98 se and i tryed to instill msn 7.0 but it freezes when it when it signs in i have no idea what to do i just resental reformated the compter so theres no viurs or spyware help plz

Darren (The Windows WIzz Kid)
January 11, 2006 4:04 AM

windows 98 only surports messenger 7.0

nething higer from 7.5 to 8.0 u need xp or higher.

windows 98 or lower will not let you use windows messenger.

but from my point of view y do u still have windows 98. get 2000 or xp if ur pc surports it.

ne more questions xontact me on msn or by email on
darren79@hotmail.co.uk

mimi
April 9, 2006 8:40 PM

i have windows 98 i have not udated to XP and i dont think i will untill i get another computer but i have the old msn but when ever i try to sign in it says i must download 7.0 but it doesnt work. hel how could i get msn working on windows 98

waheed
April 11, 2006 3:43 PM

you can download msn for win98 from here

http://www.brothersoft.com/internet/chat/msn_messenger_for_windows_98_me_43988.html

Andre van Buuren
January 14, 2007 11:01 PM

Leo,

this weekend I have spent a lot of hours trying to install MSN on an old WIN98SE laptop. I wanted to avoid any doubtfull free software, so, coming across your info I wantend the real Microsoft MSN. Downloaded MSN 6.2, but this wouldn't install. Instead, "Micrososft" told me that I needed a lot of security updates and other needed software installed. Thus, it took a few hours to get it all down, installed, and a dozen or so reboots. After that going over a few other microsoft pages, I was able to install MSN 7.x. Which is running a bit slow, but has a lot of nice stuff thats also in MSN 8.0 or 8.1 beta. Except the specific WinXP stuff it runs nicely. So, maybe you can update your remarks? My guess is, you must have IE6 installed plus all the security patches and than you can install MSN 7. Regards. Andre

tushar
September 2, 2007 9:22 PM

hi..i m using windows 98 and i installed msn messenger for it...he told me to upgrade..i did that too...but still now when i try to sign in it doesn't get sign in..i dont understand what pro is...i even reinstalled my windows 98 for it..but its not working still...
can u plz help me in this regard???

Rasvan Diaconescu
August 21, 2009 2:10 AM

After 25-th of August 2009, I cannot find a working version for Yahoo Messenger for Windows 98.

Can you advise me, please !

josh
November 22, 2010 12:56 PM

Thanks for the info! I have been using MSN messenger for a long time and really have enjoyed the different things that it can do. I hope this helps people find the software and give it a try. It's great and its also free so that makes a pretty good combination! www.adressyoccasion.com

Tarra
August 27, 2011 5:25 PM

Yahoo Messenger is not working on windows 98. Ive tried downloading several for windows 98 and have had no luck. Help please!

At this point I think it's very unlikely that you find anything that will work with Windows 98. One alternative would be to switch to a newer version of Windows another alternative would be to switch to a version of Linux which has compatible IM programs.
Leo
30-Aug-2011

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