Just how you read it! now with the advanced linux technology we have, you can easily run windows live messenger 2008 and 2009 in linux! all you need is wine and winetricks. It’s really easy to do. Everyone told me I couldn’t install WL msn in linux, BUT I CAN AND ANYONE CAN DO IT! So let”s start.

Update: I think this method no longer effective anymore because I received so many notice of failure from the other users, I will post the other method soon.

First of all, wine. In case you don’t have it installed, you can do it with synaptic, add/remove apps, or: sudo apt-get install wine.

That will let you run many other windows’ apps. But not WL msn. Now let’s install winetricks. All you gotta do is right click here and press: “save destiny as”.  Save it to your home folder.

Once downloaded, you can run the program by:

sh winetricks

Install all you want and can, but what we need for now is:

  1. corefonts
  2. flash
  3. gecko
  4. gdiplus
  5. msls31
  6. msxml3
  7. riched20
  8. riched30
  9. tahoma
  10. vcrun6
  11. vcrun2003
  12. vcrun2005
  13. vcrun2005 sp1
  14. vcrun2008

That’s it.

You will need to get the installer from a Windows XP machine or download it from the Internet, dont try to install the online installer wlsetup-custom.exe this installer won’t currently work with Wine. What you need is the “Install_{508CE775-4BA4-4748-82DF-FE28DA9F03B0}.msi” from: Program files/Common Files/WindowsLiveInstaller/MsiSources and “Install_{508CE775-4BA4-4748-82DF-FE28DA9F03B0}.msi” should be there if you have Messenger 2008 or 2009 installed on the XP machine. You can also do what I did and google for the offline installer and download it from a host. Just be aware that the installer for 2008 and 2009 are named the same,version 8.5 is version 2008 btw.

OK, once you have the installer install it like this:

$ msiexec /i Install_{508CE775-4BA4-4748-82DF-FE28DA9F03B0}.msi

the install will run in your terminal, once the install has completed run winecfg and select “Add application” then go to “.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Windows Live/Messenger” and select “msnmsgr.exe” then set the windows version for “msnmsgr.exe” to win2000 then click OK.

Now run $ wineboot and if you followed all the tutorial Mesenger should start up and then all you need to do is sign in.

This howto is good for versions 2008 and 2009, all the steps are the exact same and both versions work about the same. Enjoy!

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