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No ink with Windows Messenger 5.1 running on Windows 7 64-bit

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hi IM/W7 folks

let me first explain why i had to install such an old fashioned application on my tablet running Windows 7 x64. basically, i just need a MSN/Live Messenger compatible application that allows me to chat using handwriting. for some reasons, the latest version of Live Messenger (2011) has removed handwriting support, and its earlier versions (e.g. 2008, which does support handwriting) do not work without upgrading to the latest version.

on my XP based tablet, i use 32-bit Windows Messenger 5.1. it is small and it just works. i do not need those useless features on the later versions of Live Messenger. hence, i am trying to use 5.1 on W7x64.

after following the instruction below, it seems that i have successfully installed the old 5.1 on my Windows 7 Ultimate.

http://keithbalomben.wordpress.com/2010/10/19/install-windows-messenger-5-1-on-windows-vista-or-windows-7/

now the text based chat works fine. but the ink/handwriting functions just do not work. whatever what i draw under Pen mode, nothing appears. moreover, the input pad may look like this when switching between Keyboard and Pen mode.

Windows Messenger 5.1 on Windows 7 x64
anyone ever had the same problem or any comments??

thanks heaps,
bbao
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5.1 is really outdated
there should be no problem upgrading to 7.5 or 8
http://www.oldversion.com/MSN-Messenger.html
It requires windows journel viewer, check your office installations and add it in off your disc
Journal Viewer
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=20771
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> i just need a MSN/Live Messenger compatible application that allows me to chat using handwriting.

by looking at the following comparison of instant messaging clients, i think i found the solution myself: Trillian, an IM tool that i used for a while N 10 years ago.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_instant_messaging_clients

Trillian does support handwriting, and it seems to be the only handwriting IM solution for me.

cheers,
bbao
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by:Bing CISM / CISSP
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as the latest version of MS Live Messenger no longer supports ink, a third-party solution is chosen instead.
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by:Bing CISM / CISSP
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> there should be no problem upgrading to 7.5 or 8

they are not compatibile with Windows 7 x64 version. :(
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Really? ok didnt know that go figure.
I knew of trilllian and e-buddy etc I use them myself uncomplicated and not a MS product
I am so sick and tired of the MS limitations but didnt occur to me to list them.
I'm running windows 7 32 bit and also discovered the removal of those cool tools we liked in windows Live Messenger and Windows Live Mail.
 I can nolonger colour my emails with 2011 version.
they just dropped that theme option.
Good to see you found a solution bbao
best wishes
Merete
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