- If you already have Skype installed, remove it from the control panel. After that, open the
%appdata%\Skypefolder and delete the file
shared.xml. In the same folder, open the folder with your Skype login and delete the file
- Download the old version 6.1.999.130 and install it. If after installation Skype has started automatically, it is very important to close it.
- Open the installation folder (for example,
C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone) and rename the file “Skype” to “Skype_6.1.999.130” (if the operating system asks for your permission, confirm that you want to rename the file).
- Right-click on “Skype_6.1.999.130”, select “Send” and click “Desktop (Create Shortcut)”. A new shortcut "Shortcut for Skype_6.1.999.130" should appear on the desktop.
- Download version 184.108.40.206 (the oldest version that is officially supported) and install it. Please note, you shouldn’t remove the old version 6.1.999.130.
- After installing version 220.127.116.11, there should be two shortcuts on the desktop: “Skype” and “Shortcut for Skype_6.1.999.130”. The first one starts version 18.104.22.168, the second one – 6.1.999.130.
Before going on, make sure that you have succeeded.
- Start Skype using the shortcut “Skype” (that is, you need to run version 22.214.171.124). If you are not sure that you have launched the correct version, click “Help” in the menu bar and select “About Skype” (there you will see the version number). If everything is correct, log in using your username and password.
- Open Skype → Tools → Settings → General Settings and uncheck the box next to the option “Start Skype when I start Windows”. In the same section, just below, check the box “Sign me in when Skype starts”.
- Then, in the menu on the left, click “Advanced”, select “Automatic Update”, click “Disable Automatic Updates” and click “Save”.
- To run the old version, use the “Shortcut for Skype_6.1.999.130”. Of course, you can switch between versions at any time (for example, run 6.1.999.130, only when video communication is needed, and in other cases use the new version).
- Before you start one of the versions, make sure that no other version is running (for example, before running 6.1.999.130, be sure to close 126.96.36.199).
- To close Skype, right-click the Skype icon in the system tray (next to the clock) and select “Quit Skype”.
- Never use the “Sign out” option, because you won’t be able to enter the old version until you re-enter the new version.
- When you first launch the “Shortcut for Skype_6.1.999.130”, the firewall may ask if you agree to allow the program to access the Internet. It is very important to click “Unblock” or “Allow” and permit Skype to connect to the network.
- Authorization data are saved for a limited period of time (approximately 30 days from the last login to Skype). After the expiration of this period, you will have to run the new version again and authorize to it.
- If after authorization to the old version, Skype closes automatically and requires a password, close Skype and delete the files
- There are “patched versions”, so to speak, in the Internet that allow you to log in to Skype, even if they are no longer supported. However, these versions have been changed by strangers, can contain viruses, and Skype developers forbid their use.
- I cannot guarantee that tomorrow this method will still work. Therefore, I highly recommend, if possible, update and always use the latest version.
I don’t know, how many people use old computers without SSE2 support and still need older versions of Skype, but if they are numerous, I promise to develop a simplified version of this instruction. In general, as always, I wait for your feedback and comments.