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Facebook messenger won't work

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    Facebook messenger won't work


    Hi People!

    I know the new Windows has a built in messenger system, but I think it's awful.
    I can't get it to use my MSN account, it will only use my microsoft account, which is not the same e-mail address, and even if I could get it to do what I want, I'll still miss my taskbar and the flashing icons telling me who's talking to me. I also generally dislike the idea of not having a clear idea of which system you're 'talking on'. You just open a conversation, not knowing whether it will go through Facebook messenger, MSN messenger, whatever.
    So I installed good old MSN messenger 8.5 beta. Then I tried installing Facebook messenger, as I don't like in-browser chatting (again; No taskbar, no overview). Doesn't work. Gives me an error 1603.
    No solutions on the net so far.
    Any ideas?

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    I thought you could use live messenger to chat on Facebook.. why have two apps when 1 will do both jobs?
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    Works awful. Again there's no way to choose to which service your message goes. Oddly enough, MSN prefers to use facebook.

    There's also a reason why I still use messenger 8.5. The new versions are awful to live with.
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    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit


    I had the exact same problem as you. You need to activate .NET Framework 3.5

    To do this go to Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> Turn Windows features on or off (in the left-hand menu) -> Check the box saying .NET Framework 3.5

    Once you've done that you should be able to run the installer without any problems.
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    Ticked both boxes, windows is now searching for required files let's see...
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    That did the trick just fine. Thanks!!!
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  7. #7


    Download .net framework in your computer and then it should open
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