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Old 03. Feb 2013, 11:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Any of you using Skype on their computers? I have some queries about it.

First of all, how do you install Skype. I mean, do you use the online installer that is offered from its site, or, do you go for the offline installer, which is also available from the site, but has to be searched for. Also, some might know of an MSI installer version being available. It's an offline installer, and I got the links after searching for offline installer for Skype.

I previously had trouble installing Skype on my XP SP3 computer, because of Skype requiring IE to be made the default browser, and other things. I had trouble with both online and offline installer versions, and so I had to go for MSI version, which worked great. Also, it kept other extras out of the installation.

Now, with a new PC running Windows 8, I am thinking what should be the best way to install Skype. Anyone tried the offline installer, or the MSI version, and noticed any difference, or difficulties, or shortcomings?
I definitely won't be going for the online installer.

Another query regarding Skype is that, you all might be aware that Microsoft is planning to retire Windows Live Messenger, and Skype will be the default messenger now. News is that with the latest version of Skype, users can now use their Windows Live login, and chat from Skype, and all their contacts too will be available there. Has anyone tried that... is it working? Can the contacts be deleted, etc?
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Old 03. Feb 2013, 08:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have no idea how I originally installed Skype, but I usually use FileHippo for the updates. I have tried updating from within the software, but have had problems doing it this way (this may be because IE is not my default browser).

I can't comment on my contacts as I only have one person I use Skype for!
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Old 04. Feb 2013, 06:48 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Any of you using Skype on their computers? I have some queries about it.

First of all, how do you install Skype. I mean, do you use the online installer that is offered from its site, or, do you go for the offline installer, which is also available from the site, but has to be searched for. Also, some might know of an MSI installer version being available. It's an offline installer, and I got the links after searching for offline installer for Skype.

I previously had trouble installing Skype on my XP SP3 computer, because of Skype requiring IE to be made the default browser, and other things. I had trouble with both online and offline installer versions, and so I had to go for MSI version, which worked great. Also, it kept other extras out of the installation.

Now, with a new PC running Windows 8, I am thinking what should be the best way to install Skype. Anyone tried the offline installer, or the MSI version, and noticed any difference, or difficulties, or shortcomings?
I definitely won't be going for the online installer.

Another query regarding Skype is that, you all might be aware that Microsoft is planning to retire Windows Live Messenger, and Skype will be the default messenger now. News is that with the latest version of Skype, users can now use their Windows Live login, and chat from Skype, and all their contacts too will be available there. Has anyone tried that... is it working? Can the contacts be deleted, etc?

Skype gives no trouble now a easy setup in Windows 8 no matter if you run both versions of installer (even know if you're using Windows Live Messenger you get an option to upgrade to a new version of it (of cour it's skype) )
No contacts will be deleted from migration and you can still keep doing all the tasks you do in messenger (as delete and add contacts)

Windows Live Messenger will stop workin in March 15 so better to try it before it becomes mandatory ( Skype installer will uninstall WLM )
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Old 04. Feb 2013, 09:21 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the replies guys .

4goTTen21, I am already aware of that information, which was sent by MS to the Hotmail account, about the messenger. I haven't installed WLM on the new system yet, and won't need it now. I will directly install Skype, and use it to login for WLM.

If you choose to download Skype for Windows, other than Windows 8, they are now offering the full installer, which is good. I noticed that FileHippo are still providing the online installer. Anyways, I prefer to always download from the home site first, so I have downloaded the setup from the Skype site itself. As I have got the full installer, and IE is already default on Windows 8, I think I should not face any trouble.

Will share my experience after I have tried installing it.
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Old 05. Feb 2013, 10:35 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I was able to install Skype successfully without any problems. I used the setup I had downloaded from Skype site, which was a full installation file. Worked great.

While installation, it asks for Bing to be made default search engine, and MSN as default home page, and the checkboxes are already checked. Be careful to uncheck them, and then proceed with the installation.
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OK.. what's this now. I signed in using my Hotmail credentials on Skype, and it gives me two options, to merge the contacts with an already existing Skype account, or, to make a new Skype account.

Both options suck. I thought I would be able to login on Skype with my Hotmail credentials, and it will work nicely, but this is not what I expected. This is just ridiculous. Why do companies have to just go ahead and screw up a nice working thing.

I don't want to mix my Skype account and Hotmail account, but it seems like that's what I will have to do... MS has left me with no other choice. I do not want to make a new Skype account.
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Old 05. Feb 2013, 03:23 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for all that info Anupam.

I already have Skype installed on my Win 7 x64 machine. I didn't do the installation - my brother-in-law did before my sis sent it to me.

Nevertheless, I got an email from Skype some time ago saying that it is replacing Messenger, but I haven't upgraded it or done anything about it as yet.

I agree the options given suck. I too will have to carefully consider whether I want to have my contacts in Hotmail on Skype as well. I hardly use it anyway, so who knows, I may even end up uninstalling it.
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I hardly use it anyway, so who knows, I may even end up uninstalling it.
Well, even if you uninstall WLM, the contacts are still going to be there, and also your account. So, only options left are the ones provided by MS.

Or, if you do not want to use it altogether, you can delete the hotmail account itself. But, in case you do buy Windows 8 in future, you will need an MS account to be able to use Windows apps.
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Yeah. I see what you mean now - that really, really sucks.
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For me, gmail and skype are good. I don't use hotmail credentials. merging skype with facebook was also a bad idea..
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