I've been trying to get to the bottom of this Windows Live Messenger business and finally after going through several redundant threads, this is what I found. Hope it helps to rid everybody of all doubts regarding the various versions of this crappy but kind of must-need software.
1) 10.6.31.1600 (aka 10.6.0031.1600)
This is the first version of Live Messenger to get rid of that most annoying Contact Sync feature which would copy all your MSN contacts to your phone book.
This one has been around in the various forums for a while now. I'm yet to try it out though. I don't imagine there will be too much of a change between this and the previous version.
I found 2 cabs of the .31
.2600 from 2 different users. The one posted by 'duttythroy' is 1.80 MB while the other one is 1.97 MB.
I found 2 cabs of the .32
.2100 from 2 different users again. Both of them don't install to the Storage card even though during setup you are prompted for the destination.
Both are almost
the same size and were posted by 2 different users, one of them being 'duttythroy'. The one posted by 'duttythroy' is 18,89,104 bytes while the other file is 18,91,699 bytes.
Except for fewer files in v10.6.32.2100 (56 files) compared to v10.6.31.1600 (155 files), I couldn't find anything else different. If aything it'll reduce the time needed to browse through your Windows folder compared to the when the previous versions were installed. Also the option to disable copying of all MSN contacts to the phonebook is still there. NO WORRIES THERE. Phew.
4) 10.6.33.0600 - LATEST
I honestly can't see anything different with this release. However there is some increase in file sizes of most of the DLL's. The overall package has gone from 1.80MB of the last version (10.6.32.2100) to 2MB for this version (10.6.33.0600)
Note: There was a small registry entry problem with this cab. It has now been fixed and will work fresh off the bat.
Thanks to duttythroy
who made this new version and some of the older ones available to us.
PROBLEMS et TROUBLESHOOTING
There have been lots of people who have had trouble with installing and running Windows Live and Live Messeger. There are few things you can do to avoid these problems.
1) DO NOT INSTALL TO THE STORAGE CARD.
Some of the file references have been hardcoded into the DLL's. Hence as far as I know, installing Windows Live to your Storage Card will not work. It will install but nothing will happen when you run the program.
2) Make sure you uninstall any previous version of Windows Live that you may have. I would suggest going into Safe Mode to uninstall it to make sure that all files and registry entries are completely removed. You can get access to Safe Mode if you have monocube's Safemode program or SPB Pocket Plus. If you can't do this, then atleast sign out, disable email sync and then soft reset your device before attempting to uninstall.
3) If you have just hard reseted your device, then please make sure that one of the first programs you install is Windows Live. Many users have complained that Live Messenger doesn't work after installing some programs and alternate Language support.
4) The Windows Live versions posted here, give you the option to either copy your MSN contacts to the phonebook or not. If you chose to copy your MSN contacts to the phonebook during installation and then later decided you wanted to remove them from the phonebook... whatever you do, DO NOT DELETE YOUR MSN CONTACTS FROM THE PHONEBOOK.
This will result in you loosing all your MSN contacts completely (from the MSN Server). The safe way to remove MSN contacts from your phonebook it to go to Windows Live -> Menu -> Options -> Sync Options -> Uncheck "Store Windows Live Contacts in your mobile phone's Contact List"
5) As a rule of thumb, it's always a good idea to backup your MSN contacts on your desktop.
The desktop version of Windows Live Messenger or MSN Messenger has an option to export all your contacts to a file on your computer. There have been a few users that have complained about Live Contacts getting inadvertently copied to the Phonebook despite unchecking the option to sync MSN contacts to the phonebook. This is usually the result of an error during installation or what Microsoft calls a gremlin in the depths of the code. In such cases having a file with all your contacts makes it easy for you recover from an accidental deletion of all your contacts.