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Article ID: 902533 - Last Review: February 6, 2007 - Revision: 1.4

This article is Part 1 of the Chatting by using Windows Messenger guide. This part introduces this topic.

To view the other topics of the Chatting by using Windows Messenger guide, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base articles that are listed in the "References" section.

The Chatting by using Windows Messenger guide includes the following topics:
Part 1:  Introduction
Part 2:  Registering for Windows Messenger
Part 3:  Adding contacts
Part 4:  Sending and receiving messages

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Part 1: Introduction

You can use Microsoft Windows Messenger to make and maintain online contacts. All that you require is a Passport Network account to send and receive short messages or to exchange small files with online contacts.

How to download Windows Messenger

Windows Messenger is integrated in Microsoft Windows XP. To start the program, just click Start, click All Programs, and then click Windows Messenger.

You can also use the Microsoft Download Center to search for the latest version of Windows Messenger. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Visit the following Microsoft Web site:
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/search.aspx?displaylang=en (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/search.aspx?displaylang=en)
  2. In the Search section, click Windows in the Product/Technology list, type Windows Messenger, and then click Go.
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    Windows Update website - Search bar
  3. Click the latest version. (In this example, click Windows Messenger 5.1.)
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    Search Results
  4. Click Continue.
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    Windows Validation for download
  5. Click Download.
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    Windows Messenger download
  6. Store the Messenger.msi file on the computer by clicking Save.
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    Download Security Warning - Run/Save/Cancel
  7. Select a storage location for the file, such as on the desktop, and then click Save.
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    Save As - Desktop
  8. When the download is completed, click Close.

How to install Windows Messenger

  1. Double-click the Messenger.msi file.
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    messenger.msi icon
  2. The Setup Wizard appears. Click Next.
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    Messenger Setup Wizard Welcome screen
  3. Accept the terms of the License Agreement, and then click Next.
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    Messenger EULA
  4. Windows Messenger is then installed automatically. You do not have to do anything else.
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    Windows Messenger install screen
  5. Click Finish when the installation is completed.
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    Messenger Setup Wizard Finish screen

REFERENCES

For more information about this topic, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Part 2  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/902534/EN-US/ ) Registering for Windows Messenger

Part 3  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/902535/EN-US/ ) Adding contacts

Part 4  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/902536/EN-US/ ) Sending and receiving messages
This article is a translation from German. Any subsequent changes or additions to the original German article may not be reflected in this translation. The information that is contained in this article is based on the German-language versions of this product. The accuracy of this information relative to other language versions of this product is not tested in the framework of this translation. Microsoft makes this information available without warranty of its accuracy or functionality and without warranty of the completeness or accuracy of the translation.

APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
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