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Comments: Handwriting with Messenger 7.0 beta

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Probably already someone has been teasing you with handwritten messages you could view but not create with Messenger 6.2 yourself. Or maybe you just downloaded Messenger 7.0 beta and the handwrite tab is missing. If you are using either Microsoft Windows XP or Windows 2000 (with service pack 3 or above) you can install handwrite capabilities in a few simple steps.

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Recent versions of MSN Messenger have in the Messages Options "Show the Handwrite tab in conversation windows". Make sure it is enabled. (Select Options in the Tools menu, and select Messages in the Options window that pops up).

Posted by John Bokma at 03:59 GMT on 5 September 2005

what happens if you send an ink message to a person who is using a webcam for a separate msn messenger conversation window? i encounted this situation and my handwritten message was not delivered.

Posted by julie at 22:33 GMT on 29 October 2005

i've installed the journal viewer and it's security updates. following all the steps.

the handwriting tab appears but i can't select that option. it keeps popping up this message which tells me that i need to install or update my software.

it says on the msn help site that i need a service pack 3 or later? for my windows XP??? so is this an actual problem? and is there anyways to get around it?

Posted by Joe at 02:06 GMT on 6 January 2006

I have followed all instructions and already had MSN messenger beta installed. I have also installed Journal Viewer. When i am talking to someone in a conversation, i want to draw something, so, i press the handwriting tab. Yet, it says i need to update or install my software. Then it tells me i need to update to a service pack 3 or later. But i have a windows XP. How do i fix this problem, if it is a problem.

Posted by Nicole at 03:57 GMT on 13 March 2006

thanks for posting this! i was looking for how to get this tool but couldn't find out how until this.

Posted by joanne at 03:51 GMT on 28 April 2006

I've got the handwriting tab and everything, installed all programs needed, and it seems to be working fine. If I click on the grid and stuff, it works. But when I try clicking and dragging to make a picture, it doesn't work. Why?

Posted by Jero at 11:02 GMT on 29 May 2006

hey guyz, the only way you can get the handwriting tab back is ... to re-install msn 7.5 and then upgrading it to msn live 8.0.0689 and it will automatically be added onto the wlm 8.0

Posted by meeru at 17:37 GMT on 3 June 2006

Hi, I had teh same question as well. Couldn't use the handwriting tab as I needed to update etc. I've been looking for solutions and i finally found a simple one that worked. So if you haven't tried this, it's definatly worth a try.

Download the microsoft journal viewer and the update as mentioned in the Handwriting with Messenger 7.0 beta. Exit msn, install them.

Now if this doesn't work, go to configuration > add/remove software > msn > repair. This will not uninstall msn, but repairs it. Then install the microsoft viewer again (it has a repair function) and the update.

I hope it helps.

Posted by Lilith at 23:28 GMT on 20 June 2006

^^ above.

lilith. You we're very helpful. Now i got the handwriting toolbar for msn 7.5.If my msn dont install things next time I'll remember to go into repair!! thanks

Posted by Eucalyptus at 11:39 GMT on 4 July 2006

i've installed the journal viewer and security update ,also update or install software. i press the handwriting tab it's appears but i can't select this option. then it tells me i need a service pack 3 or later, but i 've windows xp. how to fix this problem, hope you can tell me.

Posted by ming at 18:39 GMT on 5 October 2006

I want to use the handwriting tab but everytime i press it, it says i have to install or enable it. But i have already installed the journal viewer.

Posted by Sw33tzi3 at 02:04 GMT on 28 October 2006

when i click onto the hanwriting icon on windows live messenger, it writes that i have to install some kind of software called "microsoft windows journal viewer 1.5.". i have installed this, but it stil doesn't work.can you help me please?

Posted by Ahmet at 23:04 GMT on 28 October 2006

i have already download the journal viewer but everytime i click on the handwrite button below the send button it says i have to install or update software.

Posted by jeff at 18:55 GMT on 9 December 2006

can someone please help me i hav windows live and msn plus ... and ii noe that it says you have to have 7.0 but i dont want to down grade can someone please help me ... this is shit... if you want to no it should already by enabled ... well can you please contact me ... with understandable instructions thanks

Posted by hayley-rose muscat at 01:37 GMT on 28 December 2006

when i click on the handwriting icon it open this square in which you draw in but i drag my mouse in there and draw as if i was on paint and it doesn't work..

Posted by unknown at 20:14 GMT on 4 January 2007

my msn insnt workin because it has an error when siging in it says error code 80048820 code 80048412.. please reply asap.x i have windows xp professional and msn live

Posted by lucy parker at 17:06 GMT on 9 January 2007

@lucy parker: If you are getting error 80048820, along with the extended error code 80048411 or 800048412, updating date and time seems to help, see Messenger Support Space: Configuring Windows Live Messenger through the Windows XP firewall and AskSomeOne.net -> Windows Live Messenger Error 80048412

Hope this helps

Posted by John Bokma at 21:00 GMT on 19 January 2007

do you have handwriting with window live messenger 8.0???

Posted by claudiie at 22:01 GMT on 23 January 2007

i've installed the journal viewer and it's security updates. following all the steps.

the handwriting tab appears but i can't select that option. it keeps popping up this message which tells me that i need to install or update my software.

it says on the msn help site that i need a service pack 3 or later? for my windows XP??? so is this an actual problem? and is there anyways to get around it?

Posted by blah? at 10:54 GMT on 8 February 2007

i've installed the journal viewer and it's security updates. following all the steps.

the handwriting tab appears but i can't select that option. it keeps popping up this message which tells me that i need to install or update my software.

i have windows xp with xp2 ,help.. what to do /....

Posted by kk at 12:57 GMT on 10 February 2007

thanks to the guy who first suggested to repair msn live to get the windows journal viewer working, thank u so much :D

Posted by AZOne at 05:26 GMT on 8 April 2007

"go to configuration > add/remove software > msn > repair. This will not uninstall msn, but repairs it. Then install the microsoft viewer again (it has a repair function) and the update.

I hope it helps. "

that helped me and my friend out, and you may also wanna try just re-installing the journal viewer again. This is for people who can see the tab, but it says they need to update.

Posted by TheForc at 05:37 GMT on 17 November 2007

i have just installed the journal too works a treat thanks for the address for the download

Posted by jackie at 23:31 GMT on 23 February 2008

hey,i have the msn messenger 9.0 beta and windows service pack 3 and xp,and ihave downloaded and installed all programs that are required,but the message still pops up...what should i do?

Posted by Alx Inccubus at 19:17 GMT on 23 August 2008

Thankyou to all te hints and tips. i just downloaded te windows journal viewer 1.5 , closed down and re opened MSN and all was good..... that hasnt been working for ages!

Posted by flossyfay at 20:02 GMT on 9 August 2010

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