How to Install and Run Windows Live Messenger on Windows XP x64 and Server 2003

Those of you using Windows XP x64 and Server 2003 might be disappointed that there’s no Windows live messenger for Windows XP x64 and Server 2003. Apparently, it looks like Microsoft wants you to stick to the old MSN Messenger. So what’s the reason behind it? I have absolutely no idea. Well, if you go to the official download page for Windows Live Messenger and read the system requirements you’ll notice that Windows 2003 Server and Windows XP x64 are not supported.

If you try to download and install on Windows XP x64 and Server 2003 you’ll get the following message:
Sorry, Windows Live programs cannot be installed on Windows Server, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, or Windows operating systems earlier than Windows XP Service Pack 2.

But don’t worry folks there’s a small trick to get it running on Windows XP x64 and Server 2003. The fact is that Windows Live Messenger is fully compatible with XP x64. The trick is simple, instead of downloading the messenger from the official page by running the WLive installer; you need to download the .msi installer which will install the messenger without any problems.
Download Windows Live Messenger .msi installer



11 comments for “How to Install and Run Windows Live Messenger on Windows XP x64 and Server 2003”

  • denzil3009

    yes but does any 1 know why there not lettin it run ??
    is it a security thing or there just gonna stop supporting it because of vista x64 or what ?? any 1 know if so please email me

  • Well, I too don’t understand the reason behind it… MS is weird sometimes 😛

  • aass

    Microsoft are such a pile of steaming cunts

  • For the latest version 2009 (14.0.8089) you can grab it from inside the file at:

    Just extract the file and install, works under windows xp x64

  • Mel

    I have done everything stated above installed the latest version, and .msi installer and still nothing, am i missing something here??? i just tried to download msn and same error message came up, what i dont get is it was working fine 3 hours ago then i got the message to update to latest versioon and now its all fucked up, this totally sucks!

  • Marco Duarte

    Hi folks!

    I’m still having the same problem. The file mentioned above is exactly the same as the official site. I have a Windows 2003 Server, and the message I’m getting is: “Sorry, you cannot install the programs you’ve chosen on this operation system.”

    What am I suppose to do?

    Thanks in advance

  • Chazz Hillery

    Yep, the same thing happened to me. Had Live and it was running fine for months, and then went out for a coffee with friends…came back and turned on the comp…went to sign in and was told I had to update and then that the update was incompatable with x64. Won’t let me sign in, system restore won’t work…too bad class action law suits fail when MS is the jerk (sorry, but REALLY angry with the underhanded tricks I keep seeing at MS and any associated -emphasis on the first 3 letters- companies). The good news is that Yahoo Messenger can send messages to your friends on Live and you can keep them…bad news is that Yahoo isn’t as good (in my opinion), If anyone from MS is watching, after getting past my extended middle finger, why don’t you send me back some of my money for x64 or start doing your job and support it? I’m really frustrated with this and refuse to buy anything else from MS. LOL I guess my friends are gonna have to put up with me being the Anti-MS…bad news for MS is that many of them are agreeing with me…but, then I’m certain they couldn’t care less.

  • Nithin

    WLM lite works fine on windows 2k3 x64.

  • Andres

    Do you have the file to intall Windows Live Mail on 2003 x64 ?!

    A link to a cab like the one posted by Joshua will be usefull.

  • jas

    Yes this is totaly retarded. msn wants ppl to use there messenger,but seems to be that you must have particular windows. Well stuff you msn stick your stupid messenger you know where

  • Guest

     My god man, learn to write like a normal person. Fucking inbred idiot.

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