impossible to reinstall 5.0

Discussion in 'Windows MSN Messenger' started by Johny, Dec 29, 2003.

  1. Johny

    Johny Guest

    One of the PC's in the home network is an old P133+
    Cyrix, Win98, until last week MSN messenger 5.0 was
    installed, everything worked fine. Then downloaded MSN
    messenger 6.0 and was not able to work on it anymore. I
    uninstalled 6.0 and tried to reinstall 5.0, but not
    successful. I can download 5.0 and get the welcome
    screen, then I get the licence agreement, and then the
    message appears "your computer has a newer version of MSN
    messenger 5.0 then the one you are trying to install. To
    install an older version, first remove the current
    version (start, settings, control panel, add/remove,...)
    and then the setup again" immediately after I get the
    famous message " MSN messenger has failed with error code
    I uninstalled everything about MSN messenger in the
    control panel, additionally I followed all tips given for
    solving errors 1601 and 1603 on this board, I deleted all
    folders about messenger in the program files, I used
    RegClean,... but nothing seems to help. Do you see any
    Johny, Dec 29, 2003
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  2. Johny

    Johnny Guest

    Sounds like your Windows Installer is corrupted. Check this newsgroup, as I
    know the fix for the installer has been posted by Jonathan Kay.
    Johnny, Dec 29, 2003
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  3. Johny

    johny Guest

    not so sure about that, I downloaded new Windows
    Installer files form microsoft website, and this gave no
    solution. I guess somewhere on that PC there must be some
    remnants from a previous version of MSN messenger and I
    just can't find them...
    johny, Dec 29, 2003
  4. Johny

    Guest Guest

    I had the same problem with 6.0. Never did get it to work
    and couldn't reinstall 5.0 even after going through the
    registry line by line and cleaning it up.
    Through "Microsofts Interactive Online Help", and $35
    bucks later, I was pointed to the "Install Clean-up"
    program. I can't remember where I got it, maybe one of
    these guys can help. When you get it, re-install 6.0, then
    use the "Install Clean-up" to get rid of it. 5.0 should
    install normally then. I finally gave up on 6.0 and just
    stuck to 5.0 until 6.1 came out. I'm having dll problems
    with it (unicows.dll) and can't get it to work either. I
    used the "Install Clean-up" to ditch it too and am now
    back to 5.0. I use Win 98. I must have something else on
    my system that is interferring with the 6.* versions
    because I know several people with Win 98 that have had no
    problems with either one.

    Good Luck,
    Guest, Dec 29, 2003
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