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Sat, Feb 04, 2012 9:45 pm

Microsoft Windows Live Messenger Winks .dt2 Files

Microsoft Windows Live Messenger, at least with version 2009, stores a Flash file within a .dt2 file associated with a "wink". The .swf file provides the animation associated with a wink. The .swf file can be extracted from the .dt2 file using Microsoft's expand utility.

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Fri, Dec 30, 2011 9:27 pm

Transferring Live Messenger Winks

I set up a new laptop for a user who uses Microsoft's Live Messenger for chatting with friends and relatives. In addition to transferring her documents and pictures, she also wanted me to transfer winks, which are Flash-based animated files used by Live Messenger to display short animated clips of actions, such as blowing a kiss, throwing a snowball, etc., which a user can pick from when sending a mesage to someone.

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Sat, Jul 02, 2011 12:29 pm

Error 80040154: Signing in to Windows Live Messenger failed

When trying to use Windows Live Messenger, A family member was getting the message "Error 80040154: Signing in to Windows Live Messenger failed because the service is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later." after I applied pending updates to Microsoft Windows. The recommended solution provided at Microsoft's Error 80040154: Signing in to Windows Live Messenger failed because the service is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later., which was the page that came up when I chose the help option, was to uninstall Windows Live Essentials. The system was running Windows 7, so I clicked on Start, Control Panel, Programs and Features, and looked for Windows Live Essentials, but it wasn't there.

At How to uninstall Windows Live Essentials, there was a suggestion to try removing the program by running wlarp.exe from %programfiles%\Windows Live\Installer, but, though that directory existed, that file was not in it.

So I downloaded Windows Live Essentials 2011 from Windows Live Essentials 2011 - Download free Microsoft programs. The file that was downloaded was wlsetup-web.exe. When I reinstalled the software using that file, the problem no longer existed.

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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
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Sun, Mar 29, 2009 9:29 pm

Live Messenger Scene

Windows Live Messenger (version 2009 and likely other versions) stores "scenes" in a scenes.mct file, usually in C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger. If you want to create your own "scene" for use with Windows Live Messenger, you may want to create the image in a size that matches what is used for the scenes in scenes.mct, which is just a CAB file containing graphics files

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