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Windows messenger is gone

I accidentally deleted the windows messenger and cant find it. I have tried many attempts to locate it and reinstall it but just cant locate it..not even the icon.
I went to program files and found the folder, but there is not a reinstall there. I tried going to microsoft to download it again, but it says I have to have windows installer 3.1. I dont want to mess anything up,,,so I was afraid of downloading anything. What should I do to get my windows messenger up and running again.


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  • Debra McBride Nov 13, 2008

    HI Pablocsa,

    I copied and pasted the path into my browser and when I did.....a screen pops up saying that file cannot be found make sure the path or internet address is correct. Sounds like the msnmsgr.exe is missing.

    Thank you for your fast reply.


  • Debra McBride Nov 13, 2008

    HI Pablocsa,

    I copied and pasted the path into my browser and when I did.....a screen pops up saying that file cannot be found make sure the path or internet address is correct. Sounds like the msnmsgr.exe is missing.

    Thank you for your fast reply.


  • Debra McBride Nov 13, 2008

    I went to the messenger folder in program files and double clicked on it. I dont see a msnmsgr.exe there. Am I opening up the correct folder. That is the only thing in the program files that shows anything about messenger.

    thanks again

  • Debra McBride Nov 13, 2008

    I went to program files and looked for the folder msn messenger. There isnt a msn messenger folder.....only messenger folder. I opened that folder up and there is not a msnmsgr.exe.

  • Debra McBride Nov 13, 2008

    I did find a folder in application data called msninstaller. I clicked on that and found msnmsgs folder under msn9components. Could that be it. it is a windows installer package.

    Im sorry, Im dumbfounded at this kind of stuff.....but Im still trying to find the actual msnmsgr.exe.

    Thanks so much for your help.

  • Debra McBride Nov 13, 2008

    I cant find the msnmsgr.exe anyplace on this pc. Should I delete the whole messenger folder and go to microsoft again to download it. I went to add and remove programs and did not see anything about messenger. Dont know what to do?? You are being so helpful


  • chocolatey Nov 15, 2008

    Hey.. I also have the same problem. I can't re-install my messenger software as it says that its already installed and when I try running the uninstaller, and can't check the messenger and uninstall. I can't find it in my Add/Remove Programs either!! 

  • sonia_sharma May 16, 2009

    i accidentally deleted windows live wont uninstall neither will it get re installed...i dunno what to do now.

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Go to the Control Panel / Click Add or Remove Programs / on the left column find the Add/Remove Windows Components and click on that. You will find Windows Messenger there. All you will have to do is put a check the box.

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You will find your messenger in this path

C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\msnmsgr.exe

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    Pablo Csaky Nov 13, 2008

    NO, you have to go to the folder and do double click onto "msnmsgr.exe"

  • Pablo Csaky
    Pablo Csaky Nov 13, 2008

    Go to -------->> C:// ------->>Program Files----------->>MSN Messenger---------->>msnmsgr.exe

  • Pablo Csaky
    Pablo Csaky Nov 13, 2008

    Go to -------->> C:// ------->>Program Files----------->>MSN Messenger---------->>msnmsgr.exe

  • Pablo Csaky
    Pablo Csaky Nov 13, 2008

    GO to

    Download and install messenger again.
    If the system ask for update an windows installer, do it this step is necesary to get the new version up and running.


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