Enable Multiple Logins In Windows Live® Messenger

The latest version of Windows Live® Messenger allows you to open several accounts simultaneously. This multiple login facility can help you to keep a track of your various accounts and hold conversations with friends and colleagues. Learn about different methods to set-up multiple logins in Windows Live® Messenger.

Windows Live® Messenger is a popular freeware program that serves as a chat client for Windows® users. This is an updated version of the earlier MSN® Messenger and works with newer Windows® operating system, including Windows® XP (32-bit version), Windows Vista®, Windows® 7 and Windows Mobile®. One useful feature in Windows Live® Messenger is its ability to handle multiple logins. There are three main methods by which the user can create multiple logins:

  • Use free third-party patches

  • Activate the Messenger Plus! Live® plug-in

  • Make changes to your registry

Use free third-party patches

This method is especially useful if you have an earlier version of MSN® Messenger, though some patches do exist for the latest chat clients as well. The best way to find the right third-party patch is to visit any of the forums dedicated to Windows Live® Messenger. However, third-party software is not generally recommended by Microsoft®.

Activate the Messenger Plus! Live® plug-in

If you have a newer version of Windows Live® Messenger, you can download Messenger Plus! Windows Live® for free. After you have installed this plug-in, you will notice a new Plus! Tab on your Windows Live® Messenger client. Click on this, go to ‘Preferences’ and click the ‘Customize’ tab page. Check the first option to enable multiple logins. Next time when you start Windows Live® Messenger, you will be able to open multiple copies to enjoy simultaneous connections.

Make changes to your registry

Problems will only occur when computers with a fixed IP address attempts to connect to the network and conflicts occur. It also happens with static assignment but attention should be paid to assign addresses as you may unintentionally assign the same IP address to two different clients.

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