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Since your instant message archives are stored only on your machine, there's no way within the instant message program to access them remotely.

When I am away and want to use my Instant Messaging account from a computer which is not mine, I cannot access my archives. It says no messages archived, though I know that there are. Why will it not let me look at my archives? Is it protected so that someone else cannot see them on their computer? How would I access them from a computer that was not mine? When I get home I can access those archives from my computer. Why will it not allow me to do it on another computer?

The answer is very simple, really. Your MSN Messenger archives are stored on your home machine, not on the internet, and not out at MSN. So the only archives you can see from any machine are the archives that are stored on that machine. There's no way within Messenger to access the archives remotely.

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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 2, 2007 2:28 PM

How do i access messenger archives on my computer? Do I have to be on the persons screen or can I just be the administrator. Thank you.

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