Fixing Msnmsgs.msi MSI Issues - How to Download and Repair

Last Updated: 07/01/2021
[Time Needed for Reading: ~4-6 minutes]

Msnmsgs.msi is considered a type of Microsoft Windows Installer Package file. It is most-commonly used in MSN Messenger (Windows NT) 5.0.0544 developed by Microsoft. It uses the MSI file extension and is considered a FPX (Microsoft Windows Installer Package) file.

The release of msnmsgs.msi introduced for Windows was on 10/25/2001 in Windows XP. The newest file release date for MSN Messenger (Windows NT) 5.0.0544 was 04/10/2003 [version 5.0.0544]. Msnmsgs.msi is found in MSN Messenger (Windows NT) 5.0.0544 and Windows XP.

In this article, you will find detailed msnmsgs.msi information, a MSI file troubleshooting guide, and a list of versions that are available for free download.

File Analysis Provided by Jason Geater (Author)

Recommended Download: Fix msnmsgs.msi / MSN Messenger (Windows NT)-related registry issues with WinThruster.

Compatible with Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP and 2000

Average User Rating


Optional Offer for WinThruster by Solvusoft
| EULA | Privacy Policy | Terms | Uninstall

File Overview

General Information
File Name: msnmsgs.msi
File Extension: MSI file extension
Title: Installation Database
Subject: Messenger setup package
File Type: Installer
Description: Microsoft Windows Installer Package
Comments: Messenger
MIME Type: image/vnd.fpx
User Popularity Rating:
Developer and Software Information
Software Program: MSN Messenger (Windows NT) 5.0.0544
Software: Windows Installer XML (candle/light)
Developer: Microsoft
Software: MSN Messenger (Windows NT)
Software Version: 5.0.0544
File Details
File Size (Bytes): 2500096
Oldest File Date: 04/14/2008
Latest File Date: 10/12/2019

What are msnmsgs.msi Error Messages?

General msnmsgs.msi Runtime Errors

Msnmsgs.msi file errors often occur during the install phase of MSN Messenger (Windows NT), but can also occur while the program is running. These types MSI errors are also known as “runtime errors” because they occur while MSN Messenger (Windows NT) is running. Here are some of the most common msnmsgs.msi runtime errors:

Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library

Runtime Error!

Program: C:\ProgramData\MSN Messenger 5.0.0544\msnmsgs.msi

This application has requested the Runtime to terminate it in an unusual way.
Please contact the application's support team for more information.

Most MSI errors are due to missing or corrupt files. Your msnmsgs.msi file could be missing due to accidental deletion, uninstalled as a shared file of another program (shared with MSN Messenger (Windows NT)), or deleted by a malware infection. Furthermore, msnmsgs.msi file corruption could be caused from a power outage when loading MSN Messenger (Windows NT), system crash while loading or saving msnmsgs.msi, bad sectors on your storage media (usually your primary hard drive), or malware infection. Thus, it’s critical to make sure your anti-virus is kept up-to-date and scanning regularly.

How to Fix msnmsgs.msi Errors in 3 Steps (Time to complete: ~5-15 minutes)

If you're encountering one of the error messages above, follow these troubleshooting steps to resolve your msnmsgs.msi issue. These troubleshooting steps are listed in the recommended order of execution.

Step 1: Restore your PC back to the latest restore point, "snapshot", or backup image before error occurred.

To begin System Restore (Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10):

  1. Hit the Windows Start button
  2. When you see the search box, type "System Restore" and press "ENTER".
  3. In the search results, find and click System Restore.
  4. Please enter the administrator password (if applicable / prompted).
  5. Follow the steps in the System Restore Wizard to choose a relevant restore point.
  6. Restore your computer to that backup image.

If the Step 1 fails to resolve the msnmsgs.msi error, please proceed to the Step 2 below.

Step 2: If recently installed MSN Messenger (Windows NT) (or related software), uninstall then try reinstalling MSN Messenger (Windows NT) software.

You can uninstall MSN Messenger (Windows NT) software by following these instructions (Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10):

  1. Hit the Windows Start button
  2. In the search box, type "Uninstall" and press "ENTER".
  3. In the search results, find and click "Add or Remove Programs"
  4. Find the entry for MSN Messenger (Windows NT) 5.0.0544 and click "Uninstall"
  5. Follow the prompts for uninstallation.

After the software has been fully uninstalled, restart your PC and reinstall MSN Messenger (Windows NT) software.

If this Step 2 fails as well, please proceed to the Step 3 below.

MSN Messenger (Windows NT) 5.0.0544

Microsoft Corporation

Step 3: Perform a Windows Update.

When the first two steps haven't solved your issue, it might be a good idea to run Windows Update. Many msnmsgs.msi error messages that are encountered can be contributed to an outdated Windows Operating System. To run Windows Update, please follow these easy steps:

  1. Hit the Windows Start button
  2. In the search box, type "Update" and press "ENTER".
  3. In the Windows Update dialog box, click "Check for Updates" (or similar button depending on your Windows version)
  4. If updates are available for download, click "Install Updates".
  5. After the update is completed, restart your PC.

If Windows Update failed to resolve the msnmsgs.msi error message, please proceed to next step. Please note that this final step is recommended for advanced PC users only.

If Those Steps Fail: Download and Replace Your msnmsgs.msi File (Caution: Advanced)

If none of the previous three troubleshooting steps have resolved your issue, you can try a more aggressive approach (Note: Not recommended for amateur PC users) by downloading and replacing your appropriate msnmsgs.msi file version. We maintain a comprehensive database of 100% malware-free msnmsgs.msi files for every applicable version of MSN Messenger (Windows NT). Please follow the steps below to download and properly replace you file:

  1. Locate your Windows operating system version in the list of below "Download msnmsgs.msi Files".
  2. Click the appropriate "Download Now" button and download your Windows file version.
  3. Copy this file to the appropriate MSN Messenger (Windows NT) folder location:
    Windows 10: C:\ProgramData\MSN Messenger 5.0.0544\
    Windows XP: C:\Program Files\MSN\MSNCoreFiles\Install\MSN9Components\
  4. Restart your computer.

If this final step has failed and you're still encountering the error, you're only remaining option is to do a clean installation of Windows 10.

GEEK TIP : We must emphasize that reinstalling Windows will be a very time-consuming and advanced task to resolve msnmsgs.msi problems. To avoid data loss, you must be sure that you have backed-up all of your important documents, pictures, software installers, and other personal data before beginning the process. If you are not currently backing up your data, you need to do so immediately.

Download msnmsgs.msi Files (Malware-Tested 100% Clean)

CAUTION : We strongly advise against downloading and copying msnmsgs.msi to your appropriate Windows system directory. Microsoft typically does not release MSN Messenger (Windows NT) MSI files for download because they are bundled together inside of a software installer. The installer's task is to ensure that all correct verifications have been made before installing and placing msnmsgs.msi and all other MSI files for MSN Messenger (Windows NT). An incorrectly installed MSI file may create system instability and could cause your program or operating system to stop functioning altogether. Proceed with caution.

Windows 10
Windows XP

Files Related to msnmsgs.msi

MSI Files Related to msnmsgs.msi

File Name Description Software Program (Version) File Size (bytes) File Location
msnmsgs.msi Microsoft Windows Installer Package MSN Messenger (Windows NT) 5.0.0544 2500096 C:\ProgramData\MSN Messenger 5.0.0544\

Other Files Related to msnmsgs.msi

File Name Description Software Program (Version) File Size (bytes) File Location
OneX_v1.xsd XML Schema Definition Windows 8 5957 C:\Windows\L2Schemas\
WWAN_profile_v1.xsd XML Schema Definition Windows 8 6201 C:\Windows\L2Schemas\
WWAN_profile_v1.xsd XML Schema Definition Microsoft Office Access 2010 14 6201 C:\Windows\Temp\527D94AF-D053-4381-B105-0D815D5...
WLAN_profile_v1.xsd XML Schema Definition Windows 7 15591 C:\Windows\L2Schemas\
LAN_profile_v1.xsd XML Schema Definition Windows Vista 2241 C:\Windows\L2Schemas\


Optional Offer for WinThruster by Solvusoft | EULA | Privacy Policy | Terms | Uninstall

Browse Other File Extensions in Alphabetical Order :   # A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

You are downloading trial software. The purchase of a one-year software subscription at the price of $39.95 USD is required to unlock all software features. Subscription auto-renews at the end of the term (Learn more). By clicking the "Start Download" button above and installing "Software", I acknowledge I have read and agree to the Solvusoft End User License Agreement and Privacy Policy.