Microsoft discontinued Windows Live Messenger on April 8th, 2013, frustrating many loyal users. The company offered little solace for users, transitioning them to the Skype app, which is completely different from Live Messenger. Just look at the comments on our blog to read the backlash.
But there’s good news; you can bring Messenger back from the dead with Messenger Reviver 2. The app supports Windows Live Messenger 2012, 2011, and 2009 and can modify installations to continue working. If you’ve already upgraded to Skype, this app will help you install either Messenger 2012 or 2009 without the need to download the apps themselves.
To use the app, simply download it, unzip the files, and run it. There will be a simple dialog box with a “Start” button. If you have Messenger installed, the process is completely automated and will patch the installation. If you don’t have Messenger or Windows Essentials 2012 installed, you have the option to install either Windows Live Messenger 2009 or 2012 in the language of your choice.
There are advanced settings that allow users to do a new install of Messenger or to repair an existing installation.
System requirements for Messenger Reviver 2 are as follows:
- Operating systems: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8
- .NET Framework 2.0 or higher (version 3.5 or 4.0 is recommended)
While it’s nice that Messenger fans can continue using this product, be aware that Microsoft will no longer support the app so it’s only a matter of time until Messenger becomes incompatible with newer versions of Windows.
You can download Messenger Reviver 2 here.
Source: Messenger Geek