Windows Messenger and MSN Messenger are now separate applications -- so although it said it
was an update, it really wasn't a true upgrade.
All the Windows XP applications (Outlook Express, MSN Explorer, etc.) will still call upon
Windows Messenger -- however, if you are a paid subscriber to MSN, you can upgrade to MSN 8,
which does use MSN Messenger 5.
However, you may just want to uninstall MSN Messenger 5 (click Start, then Control Panel,
then Add or Remove Programs, then click 'MSN Messenger 5' and then choose 'Remove') and all
should be back to normal. As well, you shouldn't be seeing anymore "upgrade" messages to MSN
Messenger 5, as these have been stopped.
Windows MVP, Messenger
Messenger Resources - http://messenger.jonathankay.com
> Hi, I have a Windows XP Pro system and "upgraded" Windows Messenger 4.7 to
> MSN Messenger 5.0. I did this through an update alert in the bottom right
> corner of the screen and Messenger 5 just doesn't seem as integrated as the
> Windows Messenger version. Is there a particular reason for this? Why would
> Windows Messenger update to MSN Messenger in the first place?
> Whenever I start MSN Explorer, it still uses Windows Messenger. This is
> depressing, MSN is getting really confusing with thier products now. Can
> anyone explain any of this to me? I'm completely lost.
> Thanks in advance.
> David Leon