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Judging by the user comments I've read in the program's review and blog post, I'd say Windows Live Messenger 2011 hasn't been very successful among users. Whether the problem is the integration with Facebook or the new "social" interface, I can't tell. What I know for sure is that many people want to get rid of it and go back to a previous, lighter and more friendly version of Live Messenger. So here's a short tutorial I wrote on how to downgrade to Windows Live Messenger 2009 in just a few easy steps.

1. First of all, you need to remove Windows Live Messenger from your computer. Go to Control Panel > Programs and Features, scroll down to Windows Live Essentials 2011, right click on it and start the uninstalling wizard.

Uninstall Windows Live Messenger 2011

2. In the first screen of the wizard, select the "Remove one or more Windows Live programs".

Uninstall Windows Live Messenger 2011

3. Select the programs you want to uninstall. Bad news is that you need to remove all the apps you've installed from the Live Essentials suite, besides Messenger (good news is that you can reinstall them all afterwards).

Uninstall Windows Live Messenger 2011

4. Wait for the process to finish, and then you'll have to restart the system.

Uninstall Windows Live Messenger 2011

5. Now that your computer is free from version 2011, it's time to install Windows Live Messenger 2009. Get the file and run it.

Uninstall Windows Live Messenger 2011

6. Select Live Messenger, plus all the apps you want to install back - and which you were forced to uninstall in setp 3 - and wait for the process to complete.

Uninstall Windows Live Messenger 2011

7. Once done, go to the Start menu and launch Messenger. There! Version 2009 is ready for you.

Uninstall Windows Live Messenger 2011

Commented

  • i hate msn 2011 |
    04/11/10
    i hate msn 2011

    thank you!!! i did not like the new windows live messenger & ive only had it for about 30 mins!

  • raymond |
    04/11/10
    raymond

    i tried it but it dint work ? why ??? i did step by step the 2009 msn said i have a new virsion of it on my comp but i already removed messenger ?

  • marion |
    04/11/10
    marion

    i tried it as well and removed everything but when i try to install 2009 it sayd cant be installed there is other version on the pc ?

  • suki |
    04/11/10
    suki

    okay thats good_ okay i have one question after downloading messenger live 2009 can i download plus ?? with not being annoyed by showing a messege to updated to the latest messnegr?? thanks

  • Orel |
    04/11/10
    Orel

    Oh thank you the new version really suck !

  • kevin |
    05/11/10
    kevin

    Same problem as Raymond. It says there's a new version even though I uninstalled the program as you directed. Did you actually ONLY uninstall Windows Messenger... or did you uninstall ALL of the Essentials package?

    I want Mesh and Writer - but I want MSN '09 not MSN '11

  • noexeproblems |
    05/11/10
    noexeproblems

    Thank you. I'm going to remove the new version out of my system.

  • Tomas |
    05/11/10
    Tomas

    Raymond and Kevin: I uninstalled the whole Live suite (as explained in step 3), not only Messenger. Good news is that you can reinstall all the apps you had before when you launch Live 2009 :)

  • Algernon |
    05/11/10
    Algernon

    An alternate method to delete Messenger completely is to use ZapMessenger.

  • Lolittaleyla |
    05/11/10
    Lolittaleyla

    I have to agree with everyone here ! I dislike the new version of 2011. Its not user friendly and the older version is sooooo much better. There's also problems when i try to chat and even cam with friends. I was chatting away when suddenly..i realised i was offline..and i thought that my friends was purposely ignoring me...sheesh ! ( all the while it shows me as avail..or busy..as i have clicked on my status) but infact...i was automatically offline. Was pissed mad with my friends for ignoring me...(so i thought..coz he was avail but did not reply to me...)..when i logged out and in again...she told me...i went offline for quite sumtime...i was confused. After sumtime...(like 2 weeks or so...) i realised that it was not due to connection problem...but the latest version i used...sooo..thats it...no more 2011..gonna go back to the old one...sometimes...oldies are goldies after all....

  • Sarah |
    05/11/10
    Sarah

    Thank you soooo much same i only had it for like 10 mins and like it kept writin funny numbers at the begining of very sentance i was like AHHHHHHH!! lol thank u xxx

  • Der |
    06/11/10
    Der

    I hate it, It downloaded by itself an I blamed my boyfriend if he'd download the new version and he said he didn't haha

  • Kimbles |
    06/11/10
    Kimbles

    I have un-installed it, yet when I try to install another version it says I can't because apparently I have add ons from the new version still left on my laptop. But they are no-where to be found?! Then I try to install the new version again, and STILL it doesn't work?! Little help please!!!!

  • Rebecca |
    06/11/10
    Rebecca

    I dowloaded thisand loved everything escept one thing. I cant make video calls because apparently my friends webcam isnt good enough

  • Krista |
    06/11/10
    Krista

    I do not see the program in my control panel and I still have it on my pc. I want to uninstall it and install an older verson of msn. How do I do this

  • leelee |
    06/11/10
    leelee

    to kimbles i had the same problem and i had to go back and remove all the other windows essentials before i could do anything else

  • arkan |
    06/11/10
    arkan

    still can not :'( how?

  • aisha |
    06/11/10
    aisha

    i hate window livw 2011 i only had it for 10 min and dont know how to get old windo live back!!!

  • Nicole |
    06/11/10
    Nicole

    I actuall hate the new version its the worst ive ever seen i only tried to download the colour and it didnt have it how do i get colour ?

  • rose |
    06/11/10
    rose

    The new version of msn is so confusing and i cant use it. I have followed the steps and un-installed it but i cant find a sight anywhere with the 2009 version of windows messenger. Is there a good sight that you know of? thanks

  • hates messenger |
    06/11/10
    hates messenger

    I uninstalled the essentials and reinstalled the WLM 2009 version but i want the WLMM 2011. How can I only install the WLMM 2011 ? i clicked choose programmes to update or whatever its called but it wont let me only update the WLMM. It will update everything automaticly, is there a way to only update WLMM ?

  • Jasepho |
    06/11/10
    Jasepho

    Oh my god, I had this 2011 Messenger for less than 5 minutes and I couldn't take much more of it! It was terribly bland, too large and lacked many options I was used to in the previous! Jebus, THANK YOU for saving me!

  • ema |
    07/11/10
    ema

    it does not work

  • Eric |
    07/11/10
    Eric

    Same prob.... There's a newer version it says

  • Amy |
    07/11/10
    Amy

    omg thank you! I only had for like 5 mins and then I got REALLY mad THANK THANK THANK THANK YOUUUUUUUU!

  • Lana |
    07/11/10
    Lana

    Thankyou so much for this! I couldn't stand the new version at all.

  • Sadz |
    07/11/10
    Sadz

    I hate the new msn tooo!!! Totally crap! lol I had it for 2minx thought it was going to be good, but noo too rubbishh!! Gone back to msn 2009!!

  • dontlikethatwlm2001 |
    07/11/10
    dontlikethatwlm2001

    MAnn i hate this new version!! the people that made it i think they're crazy or idk what!!! man i hate it!!! i got online and then i was offline then online then offlineeee mann i hate it i couldnt make a video call it was really weirdd!!! :O :@ going to download the 2009 version :@ windows live messenger 2011 SUCKS!!!!

  • jake |
    07/11/10
    jake

    messenger 2011 was really annoying due to the fact that many of my friends couldnt even send me messages when i was online. and then when i put myself as away for a few mins, come back and try to put my status back to online it says i have been disconected and tries to sign in again! i never had this problem with 2010 version and now i cannot even use that because it keeps updating it and doesnt let me use it without updating it to the 2011 version. sucks.

  • Anwar |
    08/11/10
    Anwar

    i start the installation but it downloads nothing , so i went to uninstall it and I all ready tried that , i can't uninstall it !!! i did enter the uninstall/change icon but nothing happened !! i waited for 15 min ! what should i do ( i wanna install it again correctly )

  • Mai |
    08/11/10
    Mai

    Thank-you SO much, Miss Elena. Oh, MSN 2009. Never leave me again! -clings onto-

  • oubaida |
    08/11/10
    oubaida

    hi thanks for these information in this web site but i dont use 2011 i happy for these users in this web site and want to be friend to all users from many countrys

  • vakko |
    09/11/10
    vakko

    Thank you SO much! I hated the 2011 version so effing much it made me want to kill something.. So THANK YOU ^^

  • abdulah |
    09/11/10
    abdulah

    hello

  • george |
    10/11/10
    george

    yeah, my 2011 keaps loggin me off whener i group chat, or am online for a prolong period of time. If these issues could be fixed, im sure it would by much nicer to use

  • msn 2011 sucks ..! |
    10/11/10
    msn 2011 sucks ..!

    thanx i really hate it and i tried to delete it like 100 time but it didnt work so thanx at all ....

  • linesofie |
    10/11/10
    linesofie

    oh my gooooosh .. i relly hate msn 2011. Anybody know how the old msn back give me a link to the website with the old MSN .. THANKS!

  • Jen |
    10/11/10
    Jen

    I thought it was just me....I hate MSN 2011. It looks really messy when you try to have a video call and it's not that straight forward to have an IM...I found it by accident. And I can't nudge like I used to, so get rid of it! Bring back the old one. I take it if you delete MSN 2011 and then reinstall though,..do you lose all your contacts and have to start again? Can anyone answer that? Thanks

    Jen

  • kyle |
    11/11/10
    kyle

    whats wrong with msn???i really hate version 2011 and now i reinstall 2009 and why i cnt still use just cam...i hate using vedio call,i just want cam but i cnt do it...its really annoying...

  • kyle |
    11/11/10
    kyle

    plz do something to fix this...goshhhh

  • amy |
    11/11/10
    amy

    most horrible version of windows live by far. Can't change your display name, way to take away the unique screen names people enjoy changing. And video calling is just crappy. BOOOO 2011

  • BOB |
    11/11/10
    BOB

    Thank you sooooooooo much! The new version is horrible!! I try to talk to my family in Brazil by webcam and type the messages but the new version took the option out. I wish they would ask the people who use the product if they should take out a feature. But thank you again!

  • Tyson |
    12/11/10
    Tyson

    i dont get it can you please make a video :(

  • kim |
    13/11/10
    kim

    windows live messenger 2011 does not work and it wouldnt even let me sign in i have un-installed but i cant install windows live messenger 2009 back :(

  • Jodie |
    13/11/10
    Jodie

    I hate the 2011 version. Get rid of it.

  • shyanne |
    14/11/10
    shyanne

    Try reinstalling windows live messenger 2009 at http://windows-live-messenger.en.softonic.com/

    It worked for me

  • Lauren |
    15/11/10
    Lauren

    OMG! I <3 YOU!!! I was nearly in tears, I hated that new version :'( THANK YOU SO MUCH (L) (L) (L)

  • Razorreign |
    15/11/10
    Razorreign

    I hate 2011 ... horrible horrible horrible. Going back to the old one.

  • Sweet |
    15/11/10
    Sweet

    I get stuck at step 3 all the time.

  • Tom |
    16/11/10
    Tom

    THANK GOD FOR THIS, 2011 is the worst piece of software I ever utilised.

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