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Skype for Windows

The new version of Skype for Windows became available and certainly will please many users. Firstly, the owners of gaming headsets Razer Kraken, which recently ceased to hear the other party during a call. Secondly, people who have experienced a large number of running SkypeBrowserHost.exe processes. And third, those who have long been dreaming of re-transmit their computer sounds to contacts during a call (the truth is this function is not available yet for all users).

Probably, I’m rejoicing too early, but running the new version of Skype using the /secondary parameter in the folder %appdata%\Skype are created a separate file shared.xml for each account (for example, shared-000.xml, shared-001.xml, shared-002.xml and so on). This means that is not excluded that developers will return back automatic authentication when using multiple Skype simultaneously.

It is worth mentioning that Skype for Windows adds a new system requirement — mandatory availability of Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable package. In connection to this, if this package isn’t installed on the system installation or update of Skype will take longer than usual because Skype downloads and installs it automatically. So do not be alarmed that the inscription “Installing Skype: process can take several minutes to” hanging too long.

Skype for Windows

File size:

54.1 MB

Operating system:


Skype version:

Release date:

Total downloads:

7 553


The following table contains the list of known changes in version Skype for Windows. This will help you to find out what's new in Skype for Windows, which errors have been fixed, what work did developers, and a lot of other interesting things.

Fixed Fixed the audio issue with Razer Kraken headsets
Fixed Fixed a bug due to which Skype wasn't able to close all SkypeBrowserHost.exe processes
Changed Mandatory availability of the Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable package
Files /Program Files/Skype/PFiles/Skype/Browser/SkypeBrowserHost.exe [+1KB]
Files /Program Files/Skype/Phone/RtmCodecs.dll [+65KB]
Files /Program Files/Skype/Phone/RtmMediaManager.dll [+9.5KB]
Files /Program Files/Skype/Phone/RtmPal.dll [+18.5KB]
Files /Program Files/Skype/Phone/RtmPltfm.dll [+1104.5KB]
Files /Program Files/Skype/Phone/Skype.exe [+114.5KB]
Files /Program Files/Skype/Phone/SkypeResources.dll [+3.01KB]
Files /Program Files/Skype/Phone/SkypeSkylib.dll [+777.51KB]
Files /Program Files/Skype/Phone/VideoN.dll [+3.49KB]
Files /Program Files/Skype/Phone/roottools.dll [+354.84KB]
Files /Program Files/Skype/Phone/ssScreenVVS2.dll [+6.5KB]
Files /Skype.msi [-4KB]
Files /{3B7E914A-93D5-4A29-92BB-AF8C3F66C431}/Skype.msi [++]
Files /Program Files/Skype/System/msvcp120.dll [--]
Files /Program Files/Skype/System/msvcr120.dll [--]
Files /Program Files/Skype/System/vccorlib120.dll [--]
Files /{FC965A47-4839-40CA-B618-18F486F042C6}/Skype.msi [--]
= © 2016 Skype and/or Microsoft
= © 2017 Skype and/or Microsoft
= © 2016 Skype and/or Microsoft
= © 2017 Skype and/or Microsoft
= Share System Sound
= I agree - join Skype
= Pictures cannot be sent via SMS
= Reply to Selection
= Reply to Message
= Share System Sound
= Share system sound...
= Stop sharing system sound
= Recently on Skype...
= <b>%s</b> updated their profile picture
= <b>%0:s</b> updated their mood message<br /><i>'%1:s'</i>
= <b>%s</b> had a birthday

Of course, we could miss something, but we are happy for any help in drawing up the complete list of changes, so if you know any details about this version, or have noticed a mistake leave a comment and we will complement or correct the information.


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    Ned (karma: 0),
    Hi there,

    Is there a way to run the new version without the following dlls in C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone:

    - roottools.dll
    - RtmMediaManager.dll
    - RtmPal.dll
    - RtmPltfm.dll
    - ssScreenVVS2.dll
    - VideoN.dll

    Up until this version Skype used to work perfectly fine and was lighter on resource.

    1. 0 0 0
      Administrator (karma: +1182),
      Hi! I’m afraid this is impossible. These libraries are required by Skype, as well as Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable package.
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    Sensualfreespirit (karma: +51),

    I tried to find the page to start a new thread & I couldn't find it, so I'm placing this here & if you can move it to a new issue & send me the URL, that would be much appreciated.

    So I've noticed the last 2 times I checked 2 different Skype accounts of mine, that the previous IMing threads are gone.

    All my IMs from me to a person (one of them was even to myself) are gone. I scroll up & only a small amount of IMs are there :(

    I REALLY need all my IMs back, so they've clearly done something to them since this last update as I didn't have this problem several weeks ago.

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      Administrator (karma: +1182),
      Hi! Thank you for caring to stay on topic but this site is indeed just for blogging and visitors can only post comments to published entries. Since your question is related to latest version (i.e., you have done everything right.

      In regards to your problem, first you should know that Skype keeps conversation history locally and on the cloud. As rule, Skype loads and show local history, and in this cases, you see all messages. When Skype cannot find the local history, it downloads conversation history from the cloud but in these cases, you see messages only for last 30 days.

      Therefore, if you see messages up to 30 days, it means that local history was lost from device (as rule, it happens when reinstalling OS, uninstalling Skype using uninstallation tools that remove all “leftovers”, removing history manually or disabling it). Of course, Skype does not shows old history if you never log in before to Skype on current device.

      I could be wrong, but version shows history properly (at least it allows me to see messages older than 30 days).
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    nini (karma: 0),
    hello I have windows 8.1 with 64bit and I cannot seem to download skype's new version due it saying there's a "api-1." file is missing
    1. 1 +1 0
      Administrator (karma: +1182),
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    Crystal Johnson (karma: 0),
    the latest update for skype didnt fix the issues with the Razer Kraken headsets. I dont understand what is going on. I have had to roll back to version in order to be able to get the headset to work
    1. 0 0 0
      Administrator (karma: +1182),
      Hi! Please note that version is not recommended yet and it may be unstable. We should to wait public release to be sure that it works properly.
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    john (karma: +6),
    Hello. My skype suddenly disappeared on Friday and I can not get it back on. I am using Windows 7 ultimate.
    I get a message "api-ms-win-crt-runtime-(1-1-0.dll missing"

    This is very frustrating and I need some advice please as how to deal with this.

    1. 0 0 0
      Administrator (karma: +1182),
      Hi! Please see here the solution for your error: Skype can’t start because MSVCP140.dll is missing from computer.
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    Fabe Al (karma: 0),
    This version can't properly launch another instance of Skype using the /secondary command in windows xp?
    Been trying and it does not load the UI. No window appears at all, but in the task manager you can see a new Skype.exe process running with less used memory than the original and operational instance.
    1. 0 0 0
      Administrator (karma: +1182),
      Tested now on Windows XP SP3 and /secondary works perfectly. I'm using this method How to run multiple Skype accounts at the same time with the «Save account settings in a separate folder» option enabled.
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    stressed (karma: 0),
    This version does not work for me win 10 (can't connect error) forced to revert to previous version which works perfect.
    1. 0 0 0
      Administrator (karma: +1182),
      Please note that today there was a problem with authorization (Skype do not sign-in Microsoft accounts). Maybe that's why you could not connect?

      Anyway, the works perfectly on my Windows 10 virtual machine. But if you still encounter this issue, check access to Skype using Internet Explorer and provide URL of the report.
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    Rudy (karma: +6),
    Hi all,
    I am used to watch series together with people by sharing a screen during skype. With this new update the sound of the series are filtered out. Is there an easy fix for this issue?
    1. 0 0 0
      Administrator (karma: +1182),
      Hi! First, be sure that you have installed the version. Next, during a call click “Call” in Skype menu bar and choose the “Share System Sound” option. If you do not have this option, it means that the “wave of updates” has not reached you and will have to wait a little. As a temporary workaround, you may consider to disable the NGC audio codec.
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    Dhananjaya (karma: +7),
    Hi Team,
    After updating my skype to version, am unable to send the files, but i am able to receive the files from other contacts...
    Kindly advise me to overcome this issue...
    1. 0 0 0
      Administrator (karma: +1182),
      Hi! What exactly happens when you send a file and what is your OS version (How to find out the version of Windows)? In addition, please check access to Skype and provide the URL of report.
      1. 0 0 0
        Dhananjaya (karma: +7),
        OS - Windows 10
        Error: "there was a problem sending this file"
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          Administrator (karma: +1182),
          Please specify the operating system version and the URL of report.
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    ddelsol (karma: +3),
    After upgrading to the personal outgoing voicemail message option has disappeared, and the interface instructs the user to go online to make any changes for call forwarding features.
    I don't use call forwarding, however, I do use the personalized outgoing voicemail message feature.
    Is there a way to recover this, or will I have to revert to a previous version?
    Thanks very much for any helpful information.
    1. 0 0 0
      Administrator (karma: +1182),
      Hi! As far as I know, Skype does not support any more personal greeting messages, and you can use only default Skype’s greeting message. As interface instructs, to change voicemail settings visit “forwarding and voicemail” page in “My account at”.

      Of course, you can try to install an older version in order to find out if personal greetings are still supported. If you do this, please let me know about it.

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