Ok if your like me and have been forced to update your MSN messenger only to find out that the new version doesn't work
then heres a simple solution.
I'm about to show you how to hack your old version of MSN and make the servers think your using the new version.
therefore you will not be forced to update
Step One if you have already upgraded to the new MSN you will need to get rid of it by downloading Messenger Deep Clean
from here (if you have not upgraded and are still using the old version you can skip this step as well as the next one)
after you have downloaded that. extract the files and run "WLMessenger_DeepClean.wsf" then a black window will appear.
wait a second. then press enter. this will remove all traces of Messenger new and old.
Step Two install older version. you can get WLM build 8.5.1302.1018 here
Step Three you need to get Resource Hacker which will be used to tweak your messenger. you can get it here
extract and run "ResHacker.exe" then click File > Open and find the path where MSN is installed this is usually
C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger then click on "msnmsgr.exe"
and you will see something like this:
1) Expand Version Info > 1 > click on 1033
2) Scroll down until you see "VALUE "ProductVersion", "x.x.xxxx.xxxx""
3) Change the number value within the parenthesis to "14.0.8064.0206"
4) Click "Compile script"
5) Click File > Save
Close rshacker and launch messenger!!! YOUR DONE!!!!!!
now you won't get that message telling you to update (which before you HAD to do)
Edited by yordan, 09 March 2010 - 05:02 PM.
Quoted the text copied from trap17 http://www.trap17.com/index.php/Msn-Messenger_t69088.html