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Forum Thread: Windows Messenger

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Microsoft
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Windows Live Messenger 8.x

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Jalant Windows Messenger
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PSI says I have Windows Messenger v 4.7.0.3001 on my PC which is correct. PSI also says the program is 'up to date.' My research says this program is at least 6 years old and well out of date. The latest version is Windows Live Messenger 2011 version 15.4.3508
I would be very grateful if someone can explain this discrepancy to me. Also does this 'old' program pose a threat to my PC? Should I uninstall it?
I have XP SP3
It is found at C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe, version 4.7.0.3001

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Maurice Joyce RE: Windows Messenger
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If Secunia is saying it is up to date then it is OK.

Secunia PSI is a vulnerability checker not a general updater. It does not report on new versions that are created to fix bugs or cosmetic enhancements.

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wr RE: Windows Messenger
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Hi all

I will have to basically agree with Maurice Joyce if the
PSI says the program is secure it more than likely is.

However Jolant you're comparing 2 different programs.
1. Windows Messenger & 2. Windows Live Messenger.
Just another blunder by M$ naming 2 different programs
alike, i.e. Windows Explorer & Windows Internet Explorer. Found the following on Wiki:

Windows Messenger is a client by Microsoft that is included in the Windows XP operating system. Designed for use by corporate users as well as home users, it was originally created as a streamlined and integrated version of MSN Messenger. After its initial release in 2001, it was later upgraded in 2004, when it was made available for Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003.

Since then, development on Windows Messenger has stopped, with the exception of security updates. It has been superseded by Microsoft's similarly named but separate and newer client, Windows Live Messenger, for connections to the .NET Messenger Service, and by Office Communicator in corporate environments.

The client is not related to the Windows NT Messenger service, which was designed for local area networks.

Hope this helps.
Regards, wr

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Jalanto RE: Windows Messenger
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Thank you for these replies. How can I remove my old Messenger? I can't see it in 'Add/Remove Progs.' Or maybe it would be better to try updating it to Windows Live Messenger 2011? Or perhaps just leave it alone and ignore it! What do you think?
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Maurice Joyce RE: Windows Messenger
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Last edited on 2nd May, 2011 18:11
It is part of Windows & cannot be uninstalled as such. U can remove "the front end"

Go to Start>Cotrol Panel>Add/remove>Add/remove Windows Components (link on the left of box)Remove the tick (check mark) from the Windows Messenger box>click next & let Windows remove it


Do U use Windows Messenger? If so I can give U a link

EDIT:
If U do want to install a new copy for use U cannot have Windows Live 2011 with Windows XP.

U require this download which WILL NOT replace the version U already have installed.

http://www.filehippo.com/download_msn_messenger/te...
The link is for Windows Live 2009 version 14.0.8089

Run a manual scan of Windows update just to check there are no hotfixes available



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Jalant RE: Windows Messenger
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I don't use Messenger
Thanks very much for this help.
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