Note: Applies to Windows Live Messenger 2011 running on Microsoft Windows 7; may also appy to other versions of Live Messenger and Microsoft Windows.
Microsoft's Windows Live Messenger stores
Winks, which are
animated files in
where Username is the user's account name and email_address
is the email address associated with the Live Messenger login account.
To see the location of the files, you first need to make the directory
where they are stored visible, as it is normally hidden. To make the
directory visible, take
. Then navigate to
C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Messenger\email_address\ObjectStore\Winks3, where Username is the username for the
user on the computer from which the user is logging into Live Messenger and
email_address is the email address the user is using for Live Messenger,
Note: the equivalent location on a Windows XP system would be
In the directory you will see files with .id2, .dt2, and .png extensions. The .png file is the image. The other two are binary files associated with each image. E.g., here are three files associated with the "Sleepy" wink.
If you opened the .dt2 file in Notepad or another text editor, you
would see a lot of what would likely be incomprehensible binary data, but you
would see also see the text
To transfer the winks from one system to another, you need to copy the contents of a user's winks directory on the source system to the relevant winks directory on the destination computer.
Created: December 28, 2011