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Windows Live Messenger on Windows7

Windows Live Messenger on Windows7

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As far as I installed Windows 7 Ultimate on my laptop (and, again, I strongly recommend to download it and install it: you still have some time before the beta closes!) one of the minor issues I experienced was with the use of the latest Windows Live Messenger (one of the product included in the Windows Live Essentials suite).

As Windows 7 handles taskbar and notification area icons in a different way, the Windows Live Messenger thumbnail preview, due to compatibility requirements, shows two confusing Messenger’s windows.

It’s very easy to workaround on this and show the icon in the Notification area.

  • Close the application
  • Go to Windows Live Messenger Properties
  • check the “Run this program in compatibility mode for” and select “Windows Vista” from the drop-down list

WLM Properties WLM Properties2

If you need to set this for all users, click on the “Change settings for all user” button

And then you’ll see your IM back to where it was !

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Link to: Workaround to Hide and Minimize Windows Live Messenger Icon/Button to Notification Area (System Tray) in Windows 7 » My Digital Life

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  • I tried this, and it seemed to work - until I rebooted.  Then all I got was an error message from Messenger every time it tried to load, and it wouldn't start again until I removed the compatibility setting.  :P

  • Hi Dave, are you using the latest version of Windows Messenger ? Mine is 14.0.8050.1202 and it works fine for me. Ally

  • Thanks for sharing, Ale. Luckily I didn't experience any issues with Messenger running on Windows 7, so it ran correctly by the first time.

    By the way, Windows 7 is really impressive. Not only regarding the user experience, but it's really and really fast. Very impressive!

  • Unfortunatly I would still like it showing on the taskbar, but it seems there is no fix for this problem and having the messenger icon on the taskbar (it's just the duplicate thumbnail preview I don't like) so it looks like I'll be waiting for an update from Microsoft... Though it might take them a while, I've managed since build 7000, I'll just keep putting up with it.. Even if it takes them untill they acctually release the thing for real =p

  • You're info did the trick for me.


  • I want to recive me Windows live Massenger

  • I tried this but it didn't work and i done everything you said :(

  • ummm i dont even know hopw to download messenger all i want is to be able to talk to me girlz!

  • Hey It doesnt work for me! I have windows 7 and it everytime I click compatibility it sayes that the name of the goal is wrong.. ? what should I do ?! ): I cant get messenger working on my computer

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