Disable Windows Live Messenger 2011 Update

Microsoft / Windows live messenger 20...
January 26, 2011 at 19:24:04
Specs: Windows XP, 3.06 Ghz / 1.12 GB
Thanks to johnye_pt for providing a template =D

Ok, not really a question or problem, just a solution, so people can find it when searching over the Internet =D


If you are still using Windows Live Messenger Version 2009 (Build 14.0.8089.726) and you get this popup everytime you login:

"A newer version is available. You must install the newer version in order to continue. Would you like to do this now ?"

But you still want to keep using this version because newest is not always the best then:


1. Download and run Resource Hacker

2. Make a copy of
-C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\msnmsgr.exe (just in case)

3. Use Resource Hacker to edit msnmsgr.exe
4. On the left pane, Navigate to Version Info -> 1 -> 1033
5. On the right pane below, replace

VALUE "FileVersion", "14.0.8089.726" with
VALUE "FileVersion", "15.4.3502.922"


VALUE "ProductVersion", "14.0.8089.726" with
VALUE "ProductVersion", "15.4.3502.922"

6. Push the "Compile Script" button
7. Save (Ctrl+S) and Exit

Open Messenger and login, popup gone!

Make sure NOT to edit these values at the begining of the script !!!

FILEVERSION 14,0,8089,726
PRODUCTVERSION 14,0,8089,726

As several WLM extensions such as Messenger Plus! will fail to load if they do not detect the correct version.

Remember, replace only the DOT separated numbers and DO NOT replace the COMMA separated values o.-

Ora et Labora <3
May this be a Bless to many.

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January 27, 2011 at 13:04:32
Great solution, thanks. I hate being forced to update to crappy new social versions. By the way, this also worked even after it wouldn't even let me log in anymore unless I updated.


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January 27, 2011 at 18:57:32
I've been a computer engineer for 12 years with A+ certification, and can confirm that this works 100%. Although I believe you have a typo in your tutorial.

The old/new values are NOT:


They're supposed to have an extra zero on the final digits like so:


Check the original digit sequence when you begin to edit it with "Resource Hacker" and you'll see for yourself that what I'm saying is correct.

Thank You so much guys!

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January 27, 2011 at 21:33:46
I am glad it helped you out, happened to me 2 days ago and I got to fix it, so I thought about sharing it with the comunity, Microsoft made effective on January 26th the mandatory update to their new slowest, endlessly hunger for ram resources and ugly version xD 2009 is a fine version and I am glad we can keep it for a while.

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January 27, 2011 at 21:41:33
xDDD Probably a "copy paste" thing but not a real issue, my msnmsgr.exe has that actual number secuence and works fine ._.
I appreciate the feedback, but as my granny said "If it works, leave it alone D: "

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March 12, 2011 at 22:06:23
plz help me, it says:
cannot rename original file. saving cancelled

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August 9, 2011 at 02:02:45
1. Exit live messenger and make sure that the process "msnmsgr.exe" terminates properly.
2. Open Windows Explorer and type the following folder into the adress field:
%AppData%\..\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live\Installer\Catalog
3. Delete all files in this folder.
4. Go back up one level, to the following folder:
%AppData%\..\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live\Installer
5. Right-click the "Catalog" folder and select "Properties".
6. Select the security tab and then remove all permissions to this folder.
(You may need to first convert the inherited permissions to explicit permissions.)
7. Now there is no way for the messenger process to store the files needed for the updates, which means the annoying update message will not appear.

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