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Fri, Feb 19, 2010 11:14 pm

Files for Windows Live Messenger Custom Emoticons

In trying to determine how to copy Windows Live Messenger version 2009 emoticon files from one system to another, I found a C:\Users\acctname\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Messenger\\ObjectStore\CustomEmoticons directory on a Windows 7 system. For the directory path acctname is the particular Windows account. The email address used for logging into Windows Live Messenger would appear in place of The equivalent directory on the Windows XP system from which I was going to copy the custom icons was \Documents and Settings\acctname\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Messenger\\ObjectStore\CustomEmoticons.

The directory contained .dt2 and .id2 files. When I checked .dt2 files with FileAlyzer, I found that they were actually GIF files. Most were GIF89a files, but some were GIF87a files as is revealed by the first 6 bytes in the files. GIF89a files have 47 49 46 38 39 61 as the first six bytes in the files while GIF87a files have 47 49 46 38 37 61 as the first six bytes. If you change the extension on a file from .dt2 to .gif, you can view the file with an image viewing program.

FileAlyzer .dt2 file

There is a .dt2 and .id2 file for each emoticon with names similar to the example shown below.


These are associated with the emoticons you see in the Custom emoticons section when you select an emoticon within Windows Live Messenger.

Custom Emoticons

I was able to transfer all of the custom icons for Windows Live Messenger from the Windows XP system to the Windows 7 system, by copying all the files in the CustomIcons folder on the Windows XP system to that folder on the Windows 7 system. Where the files already exist, you can choose to skip or copy over those files.

Note: if you have Windows Live Messenger open on the destination system at the time you copy the files to it, you will need to close all Windows Live Messenger windows and close the program and then reopen it to see the custom icons you copied.


  1. GIF
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  2. Decrypting Messenger Id2 files
    Date: July 2, 2007
    Fanatic Live

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Fri, Feb 19, 2010 8:48 pm

Mac GNU Privacy Guard 2.x

A version of GNU Privacy Guard is available for Mac OS X systems from Mac GNU Privacy Guard. A .zip file,, can be downloaded from Mac GNU Privacy Guard v2.x Files.

To install the software, once you've downloaded it, unzip the contents of the zip file, which you can do from a shell prompt with the unzip command. Then use the Finder to locate the .mpkg file that was extracted from the .zip file. Double-click on it to start the MacGPG2 Installer.

Welcome ot the MacGPG2 Installer

Click on Continue to continue with the installation. The next step will be to view the Read Me information, followed by the display of the GNU General Public License Version 3, which covers the use of the software. After agreeing to the license, you will be informed of the amount of space that will be used by the software, which is 21.6 MB for version 2.0.14RC2. When you proceed with the installation, the gpg executable will be installed in /usr/local/bin.

You can see other files installed during the installation with lsbom -fls /Library/Receipts/macgpg2.pkg/Contents/

$ lsbom -fls /Library/Receipts/macgpg2.pkg/Contents/

Your keyrings, such as pubring.gpg, will be installed in /Users/acctname/.gnupg/. where acctname represents the particular account you are using. If you have keyrings already on another system, you can copy those keyrings to that location. I.e., you can copy pubring.gpg, secring.gpg, and trustdb.gpg from the other system. You can see what keys are in your public keyring with gpg --list-keys.


  1. GNU Privacy Guard
    Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  2. Mac GNU Privacy Guard
  3. Uninstall applications installed from packages
    Date: January 11, 2010
    By: oblahdioblidaa
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