Error installing Windows Live Essential

October 12, 2010 at 00:33:00
Specs: Windows XP Professional, 1.6 / 1.0
Guys please help... I recently installed Win XP Professional, can't install the Windows Essentials (MSN Messenger) on my newly installed XP, I downloaded many times, used different browsers and download managers but no luck, whenever I try to run the setup the bloody error that the file is not win32 application. Please help, I can't live without MSN Messenger :(

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October 12, 2010 at 00:56:51
You have this error because it won't install on Windows XP. You need to be running Windows Vista or Windows 7 to install Windows Live Essential.

Instead of installing Windows Live Essential, install Windows Live Messenger (google for it) that works with your version of Windows.


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October 12, 2010 at 01:11:40
Hi insomaniac : ) I would highly recommend downloading the free program uninstaller revouninstaller. I personally use it and it works great. You just look for all entries related to the Windows Live Essentials program, Windows Live Messenger, MSN Messenger and use Revo uninstaller to uninstall these programs completely, which also deletes all traces and remnants of the programs from the registry. Just uninstall the main components first that dont give a pop up message saying dont uninstall unless you know what youre doing, the main components of the Windows Live Messenger/MSN Messenger/Live Messenger Essentials wont have that pop up so be sure to use revo to uninstall all those Messenger related programs first, then it will be safe to uninstall any leftovers (if there are any).

I also HIGHLY recommend downloading ccleaner, also an excellent computer cleanup program. You would be amazed at how much smoother your computer will run after running ccleaner with all options checked (except for wipe free disk space as this takes a long time as it cleans all old leftover diskspace).

Anyways, the bottom line is that your installation woes sound like they stem from a failed installation issue with corrupted/leftover/orphaned files and old registry entries, that will not resolve the problem themselves without using these types of cleaning programs I have recommended. It's either that or the drastic measures of reformatting your whole hard drive and/or reinstalling your entire operating system.

Once you run the revo uninstall and uninstall using the maximum uninstall level (you will be prompted) just let it finish and do this for each remnant. After that run ccleaner with all options checked, selecting scan for issues, then repair all issues, scan again in case anything was missed, repeat until no problems found, and make sure all explorer windows or firefox, basically any browsers are CLOSED before running either program. Once you scan for issues and totally clean your pc with ccleaner, use the ccleaner's built in registry cleaner and scan for issues with that, and repair all issues, repeat until no issues found.

You can download both necessary programs at these links, no spyware or junk, and both programs are highly recommended by many pc proffessionals. Feel free to do some research on these great programs yourself. I personally use both every day, and they have made computer maintenance and cleanup tremendously easier, : )

Here are the links to both cleaning utilities:

revo uninstaller (freeware version NOT trial or PRO)

ccleaner (free)

Finally, reboot the system and re-download the Windows Live Messenger for Windows XP using the following direct link to the official Microsoft Live Messenger XP download site:

Just follow the on screen prompts and you should be good to go : )

Hope you find this advice helpful!


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October 12, 2010 at 01:16:55
XpUser, the Windows Live Essentials the person is referring to is just one of the components that comprise the Windows Live Messenger program and DOES install on Windows Xp. I myself am running windows xp pro and indeed have the windows live essentials installed on my computer with no problems. It's simply a part of the Windows Live Messenger Platform bundle and IS COMPATIBLE with Windows XP.

See screenshot of Windows Live Messenger components listed in Revo Uninstaller's installed programs list.


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October 13, 2010 at 02:28:13
Thanks to all. I solved the proble and MSN is installed, n breath normally now :)

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October 13, 2010 at 06:40:57
Great to hear! Glad I was able to be of assistance : ) Thanks for updating us : )

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