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    End of the line for msn 6.2?

    Hello all,

    Today I got to work and tried logging on to msn, only to be greeted with an insistence that I upgrade now. It has been giving me 'polite' reminders for months but there are a number of very good reasons why I really don't want to 'upgrade' to a later version.

    Is there any way I can trick it into letting me log on?

    I'm also assuming windows messenger still works. I deleted mine (which involved a bit of registry hacking IIRC) so if someone could check

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    Re: End of the line for msn 6.2?

    Slightly worrying if it is because the latest versions will only run on XP - another case of MS forcing the market place! Still. there are some open source solutions available.
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    Re: End of the line for msn 6.2?

    Quote Originally Posted by peterb View Post
    another case of MS forcing the market place!
    Forcing you from 1 free MS product to another MS product which does all of the previous and more?

    I agree that Messenger Live isn't exactly an awesome piece of software, but it's hardly miles worse than the previous versions. If you just A-patch it it'll be fine. Just shinier.

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    Re: End of the line for msn 6.2?

    Quote Originally Posted by this_is_gav View Post
    Forcing you from 1 free MS product to another MS product which does all of the previous and more?

    I agree that Messenger Live isn't exactly an awesome piece of software, but it's hardly miles worse than the previous versions. If you just A-patch it it'll be fine. Just shinier.
    Er no - forcing me to change my operating system if I want to use it - as I said in my original post, the latest versions only run on XP or later.
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    Re: End of the line for msn 6.2?

    They will be releasing a newer version of messenger 7 for windows 2000 users, its just not ready yet.

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    Re: End of the line for msn 6.2?

    I'd get an open source alternative like Gaim

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    Re: End of the line for msn 6.2?

    Windows messenger works fine on XP so far. Dunno about previous versions...

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    Re: End of the line for msn 6.2?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeyPC2006 View Post
    I'd get an open source alternative like Gaim
    I use gaim (now called pidgeon) on Linux.


    Quote Originally Posted by jimbouk View Post
    Windows messenger works fine on XP so far. Dunno about previous versions...
    Latest version of 7 (so far) doesn't run on earlier versions. (Specifically Win2K)
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    Re: End of the line for msn 6.2?

    Quote Originally Posted by peterb View Post
    I use gaim (now called pidgeon) on Linux.
    Pidgin

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    Re: End of the line for msn 6.2?

    Quote Originally Posted by this_is_gav View Post
    Pidgin
    Doh! (As in pidgin english! )
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    Re: End of the line for msn 6.2?

    Not sure if this works for 6.2, but it does for 7.5

    Right click on msnmsgr.exe, select properties > compatibilty, change it to windows 2000, click apply.

    Next time you run it, it will 1st go through the repair process, and aslong as you keep this compatibility mode it wont ask you to install the newer version.

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    Re: End of the line for msn 6.2?

    Thank you - I'll give a go (keep children happy )
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    Re: End of the line for msn 6.2?

    Yeah i got it too and upgraded to 7.5.

    Problem is it asked to update that too.

    So I got pidgin.

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    Re: End of the line for msn 6.2?

    Pidgin is ok.. but not really that great. I love some of the things it does but file transfers don't seem to work as well, there's no webcam support and the last release just crashes on one of my pc's on startup.
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    Yeah this p***ed me right off. I like the look and and feel of this version and was forced to update before I could access my Messenger

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