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disable force to updateNobody wants to upgrade and update Windows Live Messenger 2009 to Windows Live Messenger 2011. This guide will show how to disable the force  to update feature embedded in Windows operating systems which constantly pushes you to download and install the latest Microsoft chat client  version (MSN). The reason why nobody wants to switch to WLM2011 is that such a version is full of annoying bugs and issues such as the nickname which can not be changed, or contacts which always appear offline, for example. Because of such issues and many others, a growing number of users feel that the previous WLM was the best one for them! However, Microsoft aware of this problem has started showing kind of alerts on Windows Vista and Windows 7 running Windows Live Essentials 2009. Basically, Microsoft will prompt those users who have not upgraded Windows Live Essentials 2009 to update to the latest 2011! Let’s see how to turn off the force to update notifications, reminders and prompts with some hack!

Windows Live Essential (and Windows Live Messenger) 2009 is the last version which is fully compatible with Windows XP. Because of this Windows Live Essential 2011 can not be download on computers running XP. This hack will force  Windows Live Messenger upgrade system  to believe that you are running Windows XP on your computer (instead of Windows 7).

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click Computer.
  3. Locate the following folder: %ProgramFiles(x86)%\ Windows Live\ Messenger.
  4. Locate the msnmsgr.exe file.
  5. Right-click it and from the menu select Properties.
  6. Click the Compatibility tab.
  7. Now, let’s force WLM to believe that you are on Windows XP. To do this, tick the check box labeled: Run this program in compatibility mode for, located under the Compatibility Mode section and choose Windows XP (Service Pack 3) or Windows 2000.

This method is quite effective and will only stop the notifications related to Windows Live Essential and Messenger  in your Windows operating system.

If you think that the above procedure is a little hard, this trick will simply hide the Windows Live Essentials 2011 entry in Windows Update thus disabling the force to update system.

  1. Open Windows Update.
  2. Click Check for updates.
  3. Now you will have to be patient because the system will try to fillin a list with some information assiciated with all the update you are supposed to do . After the procedure is completed, anoption will appear displaying the total number of updates which are available for your Windows. Click it.
  4. Right-click the Windows Live Essentials 2011 update and select the Hide option. This will disable and prevent the system to nagging you to update WLM2009

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17 Comments to “How to Disable Windows Live Messenger 2009 Force to Update”

  1. Insurtia Says:

    To go back to messenger 9.0 Download Messenger Reviver you can find it on google plus instructions.

  2. Alex Says:

    Thank you very much! Problem is gone, no more update screens. I can sign in without problems. Obviously Microsoft wants us to use the limited and unstable 2011 version. Not everything newer is better, if you ask me.

  3. darralyndoran@hotmail.com Says:

    i want to go back to messenger i was on in 2011 ..i was satisfied with that..i dont have much experience with computers….but want to rid this new windows versions driving me crazy,but im afraid to mess things up if i download anything ..am i safe to do this a complete novice,..

  4. Shio Says:

    Thank you so much!! You saved my nerves from a rage attack against windows live update 😀

  5. Aname Says:

    Compatibility to Windows XP Service Pack 3 worked perfectly in a 32-bit Windows 7 Enterprise Edition.


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